The Evidence-Based Public Health (EBPH) training focuses on seven specific skills to improve public health practice. These skills act as a framework for the course, which also includes an Introduction. The EBPH training addresses many of the core competencies for public health professionals adopted by the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice. 

1. Introduction

Basic concepts of evidence-based decision-making will be introduced, along with an overview of the sources and types of evidence available.  This session will provide examples of public health interventions based on strong versus weak evidence and will address common barriers to evidence-based decision-making.

2. Assess the Community

Following this session, learners will be able to: define the components of community health assessments; identify the types of data commonly used in assessments; and explain the reasons for conducting a community assessment.

3. Quantify the Issue

Participants will be introduced to a variety of public health data sources and will be able to search for and interpret relevant data.   

4. Develop a Concise Statement

After this session, learners will be able to define the components of a sound problem statement.  They will be able to develop a concise statement of the public or community health problem, issue or policy under consideration in a measurable manner.

5. Search & Summarize the Literature

This session will prepare participants to explain the process used in systematic reviews and identify key practice-relevant resources that summarize the literature on effective interventions.

6. Prioritize

During this session, participants will learn the reasons for prioritizing program and policy options and how to identify methods for prioritization.  Additionally, learners will be introduced to the role of group decision-making during the prioritization process.

7. Apply Economic Evaluation Concepts

This session focuses on types of economic evaluations, and how they can inform decision-making regarding public health interventions. Participants will become familiar with common economic evaluation terms and the steps involved in conducting an economic evaluation.

8. Action Plan

After completing this session, learners will be able to identify key characteristics public health planning including the purpose and use of logic models and the essential elements of work plans.

9. Evaluate

Learners will become familiar with the basic components of evaluation including various types of evaluation design, methods, and measurement.  Additionally, participants will discuss how to use and share results from their program or policy intervention.