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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. 





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.














Previous Trainings

Regional Training

The EBPH course is typically held over 3 1/2 days once or twice each year at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. For more information on the course please contact Linda Dix at


State-based Training

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 more information, contact Carol Brownson at


Online Training

Beginning in 2021, the EBPH training is offered in a 10-week online format with 2-hour sessions held once per week. For more information on the online course, contact Carol Brownson at

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