Developing Evidence About Public Health Services


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Course Description
In this webinar, Betty Bekemeier, PhD, MPH, FAAN, reviews the importance of collecting standardized data and demonstrates how the information is being used to make the case for public health services.

This course is provided by Northwest Center for Public Health Practice and will require a secondary login and/or registration. Click the LAUNCH button below to start or be taken to the course.

Target Audience
Local, state, and tribal public health professionals; Program staff and managers working in environmental health and communicable disease prevention

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe ways in which local health department administrative data can be used to demonstrate the value of public health services.
  2. Describe the need for and value of standardized public health services data for public health performance, advocacy, and building evidence.
  3. Describe opportunities for filling critical gaps in local public health services data.

Council of Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (COL)/COL Tier(s)

  • 1A.1 (Tier 1): Identifies the health status of populations and their related determinants of health and illness
  • 1C.1 (Tier 1): Reviews the health status of populations and their related determinants of health and illness conducted by the organization
  • 1C.2 (Tier 1): Describes the characteristics of a population-based health problem
  • 1C.3 (Tier 1): Evaluates variables that measure public health conditions
  • 1C.4 (Tier 1): Critiques methods and instruments for collecting valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data
  • 1C.5 (Tier 1): Expands access to public health data and information
  • 1C.6 (Tier 1): Evaluates the integrity and comparability of data
  • 1C.7 (Tier 1): Rectifies gaps in data sources
  • 1C.9 (Tier 1): Integrates the findings from quantitative and qualitative data into organizational operations
  • 1C.11 (Tier 1): Uses information technology to collect, store, and retrieve data
  • 1C.12 (Tier 1): Incorporates data into the resolution of scientific, political, ethical, and social public health concerns
  • 2B.1 (Tier 2): Analyzes information relevant to specific public health policy issues
  • 2B.2 (Tier 2): Analyzes policy options for public health programs
  • 2C.4 (Tier 2): Critiques selected policy options using data and information
  • 2C.11 (Tier 2): Oversees public health informatics practices and procedures
  • 3C.5 (Tier 3): Interprets demographic, statistical, programmatic, and scientific information for use by professional and lay audiences
  • 7C.16 (Tier 3): Incorporates data and information to improve organizational processes and performance

Professional/Disciplinary Competencies
None listed

Online/ Self-study


Credit /CEU
None available

1 hr.

None listed

Course Publication Date
October 28, 2015