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Course Details

Course Number: WB1248

Course Title: Public Health Assessment Overview 3 – Evaluating Health Effects Data and Determining Conclusions and Recommendations


Origination Date: September 5, 2007

Expiration Date:September 4, 2012

Renewal Date: September 2010

Presented by: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Support/Funding: Division of Health Assessment and Consultation/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Method of Participation: Interactive and computer-based, e-learning training

Course Description: 

Describes the types of health effects databases available for a community and how to evaluate existing health studies. Covers conclusion categories, recommendations to reduce or prevent exposure, characterizes the site and possible exposures, or identify health activities that are service- or research-oriented, and the development of public health action plans to implement recommendations.

Learning objectives for this course:

After completing this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • List six data sources where a health assessor can find health information about a community.
  • List three criteria for deciding whether or not to perform a health outcome data evaluation.
  • Write a public health action plan based on the conclusions and recommendations that result from the public health assessment process.

Target Audience:  This web-based module has been designed for public and environmental health professionals who participate in the environmental health assessment process at the local and state level. The audience includes health assessors, environmental health specialists, epidemiologists, toxicologists, public health advisors, health educators/communicators, community involvement specialists, physicians, nurses, program managers, and administrators.

Prerequisites:  Public Health Assessment Overview 3 – Evaluating Health Effects Data and Determining Conclusions and Recommendations is a basic, introductory course intended for public health professionals. No additional knowledge or skills are required beyond those required for professional credentialing.

Continuing Education:

  • CME– Continuing Medical Education for Physicians:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • Continuing Education Designated for Non-Physicians: Non-physicians may receive a certificate of participation.
  • CNE– Continuing Nursing Education for Nurses: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This activity provides 1.25 contact hours.
  • CECH–Continuing Education Contact Hours in Health Education: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is a designated event for the CHES to receive 1.0 Category I contact hours in health education, CDC provider number GA0082.
  • CEU– IACET Continuing Education Units: The CDC has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. The CDC is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 ANSI/IACET/ CEU’s for this program.

POLICY ON PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY: The Continuing Education Accreditation and Learner Support (CEALS) office at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of its customers. All information is locked and secured per CDC’s policies. CEALS keeps only information necessary to provide you with the participant services necessary to honor your request for Continuing Education.

The CDC maintains its internet site as an information resource and to provide participants a platform to evaluate CE activities, receive a certificate, and print-out an on-going transcript of all their TCEO CE credits/contact hours.

The CDC site provides links to Policies and Regulations, which contain the Privacy Policy and Privacy Rules for government information. Use of Cookies; Privacy Rule, Legislation and Regulation, Additional Information; Accessibility, Report an accessibility problem, Section 508, and Assistance with accessing CDC information. There is a link to Web Site Disclaimers.

COPYRIGHT:  CDC is a federal government public health agency. In general all information presented and all items are available for download and for public use. This information is identified at Policies and Regulations; please see Guidelines for Ensuring the Quality of Information Disseminated to the Public.

FEES:  No fees are charged for CDC’s CE activities.

Faculty and Credentials:

Kris Larson, MHEd, Lead Health Education Specialist, DHAC/ATSDR– Subject Matter Expert and CHES Advisor
Wilma López, BS, MS, Technical Information Specialist, NCEH/ATSDR– Webmaster
Sandra M. López-Carreras, BS, MS, Health Scientist, DHAC/ATSDR– Project Manager and Subject Matter Expert
Lourdes Rosales-Guevara, MD, Medical Officer, DHAC/ATSDR– Subject Matter Expert and CME Advisor
Hilda Shepeard, MBA, PhD, Branch Chief, HPCIB/DHAC/ATSDR– Subject Matter Expert
Matthew Sones, MS, MPH, Deputy Branch Chief, HPCIB/DHAC/ATSDR– Subject Matter Expert
María Terán-McIver, BS, MSN, Senior Program Management Officer, DHAC/ATSDR– Subject Matter Expert and CNE Advisor
Eastern Research Group and Oak Ridge National Laboratory/CyberScience Design: Web-Site Development


In compliance with continuing education requirements, all presenters must disclose any financial or other associations with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or product(s) under investigational use. CDC, our planners, and the presenters for this seminar do not have financial or other associations with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters. This presentation does not involve the unlabeled use of a product or product under investigational use. There was no commercial support for this activity.

Contact Information:  Sandra M. López-Carreras, BS, MS 770-488-0663

Hardware/Software: For best results, access this online learning program with hardware and software that meets the following minimum technical requirements:

  • A personal computer with at least a 200-MHz processor and 32 Mb of installed RAM (such as a Pentium-class computer)
  • A standard modem (56kps) or faster connection to the Internet
  • Version 4 or higher Web browser (such as Netscape 4.08 or Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0). Note: Drag and drop activities will not operate as anticipated using Netscape 6.0.
  • In order to read the PDF files, you need to have the free Adobe PDF reader installed on your workstation. If you do not have this free software, you can download it from the Adobe site provided below. Also, even if you have the reader installed, you may want to update it with the current version: acrobat/readstep.html.

Materials: None