Initial Scan of Online Trainings/Educational Opportunities

Conducted November-December 2014 for Region VIII


Before launching into the development of new online trainings/educational opportunities (e.g. courses, webinars, video-based peer learning opportunities using Zoom), the Region VIII Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center (RMPHTC) conducted a cursory scan of existing online educational opportunities with the goal of identifying and initial set of trainings that:

— Were relevant to the public health workforce of Region VIII —

— Were engaging and/or interactive —

— Were immediately available and easily accessible —

— Spanned a variety of public health topics —

— Addressed a gap in the RMPHTC offerings —

— Could be woven into other learning opportunities in the future —


The scan included a review of online trainings/educational opportunities available through:

— HRSA-funded Public Health Training Centers (37 previously-funded PHTCs) —

— Indian Health Services —


— CDC —

— Non Governmental Organizations (e.g. University of Kansas Community Tool Box) —

Online Trainings/educational opportunities t not considered, included those that were:

— Outdated —

— Similar to other trainings already selected or duplicative of RMPHTC trainings —

— Were not accessible due to challenges with online registration processes —

— Not regionally relevant —

— Not engaging or interactive —


It is important to note that this was a cursory scan conducted by RMPHTC staff.  This scan was not intended to be comprehensive. There are a vast number of high quality online/web-based trainings available for the public health workforce. Not all trainings could be reviewed as a part of this scan.  

Our Immediate Plan: 

The RMPHTC will devote a portion of our website to existing online trainings/educational resources developed by others.  This will provide immediate access to available online resources while others are being developed.

Our Hope for the Future:

One approach would be for this to become a Wiki-like training list that the National Coordinating Center and PHTCs could edit and use as a resource over time.  Some thought will need to be given to the overlap with HRSA TRAIN.   Perhaps this list could turn into a list of trainings developed by others (not PHTCs) that are relevant to the public health workforce, and are high quality and evidence-based.