NIHB Announces E-Course: Public Health Training


The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is pleased to announce the release of an interactive e-course: Public Health Training.

Course and project information
The Public Health Training project and its resulting e-course are intended to educate Tribal leaders and Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) members on public health topics and provide information, including best practices, to support consultation on public health. Created by NIHB with funding and support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this course is part of NIHB’s aim to strengthen the public health infrastructure of Tribal Nations; ensure a competent, current, and connected Tribal public health system; and improve the delivery of essential public health services through capacity-building.

The training module was created using input from Area Indian Health Boards, CDC staff, and current and former Tribal leaders and Tribal Advisory Committee members. The training underwent two rounds of pilot testing and review prior to public release.

Target audience
While the training is intended for Tribal leaders and TAC members, it is publicly available to all interested people at no cost. It may also be useful for other professionals, such as those who are working with Tribal leaders or supporting consultation. Additionally, the first module of the course provides general public health information that may be more widely useful for those who want to learn the basics of public health.

Learning objectives
By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the difference between public health and health care
  • Provide a brief overview of public health’s core services and disciplines
  • Identify the role of public health in Indian Country
  • Discuss Tribal consultation’s foundation and best practices

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