TRAINING IN EVIDENCE-BASED PUBLIC HEALTH
Ideally, public health practitioners would always incorporate scientific evidence in making management decisions, developing policies, and implementing programs. In reality, these decisions are often based on short-term demands and anecdotal evidence. Developing effective programs and policies in chronic disease prevention requires specific skills, including the application of principles of scientific reasoning and systematic uses of data and information systems. This process relies on several related disciplines, including epidemiology, biostatistics, behavioral science, health care management, and health policy development.
The Prevention Research Center (PRC-STL) is committed to passing on valuable tools and information about EBPH to public health practitioners across the United States and the world. The PRC-STL continues to offer training in EBPH which focuses on seven specific skills to improve public health practice. Through lectures, practice exercises, and case studies, training takes a "hands-on" approach and emphasizes information that is readily available to busy practitioners.
EBPH TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
All three courses listed below are developed via a partnership with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A national EBPH course is typically held once or twice each year in St. Louis, Missouri, hosted by Washington University in St. Louis. For information, contact Linda Dix.
State-based EBPH courses are held once or twice per year in selected states. Following the training, states are expected to replicate the course following consultation on train-the-trainer approaches. For information, contact Carol Brownson.
The international course is typically held once per year in western Austria. It is a partnership with the WHO, CINDI Austria, and CINDI Lithuania. For information, contact Linda Dix.