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Tutorials and Training

EPHT 101

An online training module developed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) covering EPHT basics

Environmental Public Health Tracking 101  covers the basic principles of environmental public health tracking and provides an overview of the environmental public health tracking process for public health professionals. The CDC developed this course for online study, but individuals can use the course materials for live presentations if necessary. Moreover, public health professionals can receive continuing education credits (CE) for completing the course and its corresponding quiz.The course is hosted on the National Environmental Health Association's Web site. The course is free, but participants must register. A fee is associated with CE's.

To access the course:
1) Click on this link to the  National Environmental Health Association's e-Learning Center
2) Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the red REGISTER HERE link.
3) Fill in your registration information and submit. You will then receive an email with log in information.
4) After registering, you are taken back to the main e-Learning page. Click on the ATTEND COURSES link on the left side.
5) Scroll down to find Tracking 101 and click on it.
6) Enter the log in information you received in your email. 

ArcGIS Quick Start Manual

ArcGIS is a software system that allows you to visually represent data by geographic location. This ArcGIS quick start manual was created by Oregon EPHT as a guide for local health departments learning to use the software. The material in this quick start manual is derived from the ESRI&#reg; ArcGIS&#reg; reference library.
ArcGIS Quick Start Manual (pdf)
Download the companion data for this tutorial by clicking on the link below.
ArcGIS Companion Data (zip)


CDC, ATSDR, and US EPA Tap Into Prevention - Drinking Water Information for Health Care Providers.  DVD or VHS available at

ASPH EnviroRisk - Web-based EnviroRisk is a case-based, problem-solving program in environmental risk assessment and risk communication.

EPA  Mold Web Course - An introduction to mold and mold remediation for environmental and public health professionals.

Introduction to Toxic Chemicals and Environmental Health Risks - Tox Town, National Library of Medicine.  An introduction to toxic chemicals and environmental health risks you might encounter in everyday life, in everyday places.

Toxicology Tutorials - National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.  TEHIP maintains a comprehensive toxicology and environmental health web site that includes access to resources produced by TEHIP and by other government agencies and organizations. This web site includes links to databases, bibliographies, tutorials, and other scientific and consumer-oriented resources.

Health Disparities

The Public Health Assessment Process and the Community - Trainex, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  This program provides an overview of the public health assessment process that the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry uses to evaluate whether people will be harmed by hazardous materials from waste sites or from other places where hazardous substances have been spilled or released into the environment.

GIS and Metadata

ESRI Resources and Training Links - This is the main online campus for ESRI, the makers of the ArcGIS software.  This includes information on instructor led classes as well as online trainings or tutors, some of which are free.

Federal Geographic Data Committee; Metadata resources and Information - The FGDC is tasked by Executive Order 12906 to develop procedures and assist in the implementation of a distributed discovery mechanism for national digital geospatial data.  A metadata record is a file of information, usually presented as an XML document, which captures the basic characteristics of a data or information resource.  This site lists some resources and information about metadata and the FGDC.

MapInfo Resources and Training Links - This has information and links for the MapInfo GIS software.  Information on public, private, and web-based trainings are provided.

National Biological Information Infrastructure; Metadata presentation and resources - The U.S. Geological Survey provides information that describes metadata and provides links to additional metadata resources.

North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness - The North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness is offering a series of free short Internet-based trainings on public health preparedness, focusing on such topics as surveillance, agents of bioterrorism, and emerging and re-emerging disease agents.  There is no fee associated these trainings.  Some training resources relate to GIS.

Public Health

ASPH, UT-Houston, TX DOH, CDC-PHPPO Practical Evaluation of Public Health Programs - A 2-part video course ($40) designed to show non-statisticians how to design and conduct practical and effective program evaluation in a team environment.

CDC/ATSDR Case Studies in Environmental Medicine - Paper-based and/or CD based.  Series of 37 Case Studies in Environmental Medicine, self-study guides to increase the primary care provider's knowledge of hazardous substances in the environment and aid in the evaluation of potentially exposed patients (general and substance specific).

CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response - BT and related video webcasts (previous topics are archived here), videos and training modules for public health/clinical, laboratory, specific agents and health topics

Columbia University School of Nursing, Center for Health Policy Bioterrorism Training and Curriculum Development Program - The purpose of this project is to increase readiness to respond to a bioterrorism or other deliberately caused emergency event through education of the health professional workforce on essential competencies in emergency preparedness and response.  The project is particularly focused on hospital-based providers, associated community clinicians, dentists and pediatric clinicians, drawing on the project team's existing extensive experience in providing competency-based emergency preparedness training to a wide range of audiences.

Environmental Health Trainings - Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, Seattle Washington.  This site is intended for all public health practitioners who work with environmental health.  Formats are CD-ROM training modules and on-site trainings.

Environmental Public Health Tracking - On-line library of resources on EPHT goals, activities, and data. Links to websites and on-line versions of presentations (in the future CDs and other resources may be available).

Environmental Public Health Tracking Online Trainings, Tulane University - Tulane University, partnership with the Louisiana Office of Public Health - Center for Environmental Health, developed a series of training modules for entry-level environmental health practitioners.  These modules are meant for entry-level practitioners, so they are quite basic.  In the future, they will potentially provide additional and more advanced topics.

Lectures available in Environmental Health - Supercourse: Epidemiology, the Internet and Global Health, National Library of Medicine.  This website contains a large list of trainings available that are related to public health.  Trainings are free and web-based.

Michigan Public Health Training Center - Addressing Environmental Contaminants and Their Effects on Human Health 2 CD set.  Covers concerns on common environmental contaminants and their potential effects on human health, including mold, lead, mercury, and pesticides, all of which are found in the home, the community, and the workplace, and EPHT ($45).

North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness (NCCPHP) Internet-based training catalog - Internet-based trainings from the NCCPHP, UNC-CH School of Public Health, CDC, FEMA, and other Centers for Public Health Preparedness on: bioterrorism, surveillance, outbreak investigation, public health preparedness, basic epidemiology, emergency management and chemical terrorism.

Public Health Foundation TrainingFinder - Learning resource for public health professionals has physical sites in some states (not Oregon) and links to many web-based, CD, and other training opportunities.

University of Minnesota School of Public Health - Environmental Health and Nursing: Introduction - Provides resources to nurses in order to integrate environmental health knowledge and skills in professional practice through the technology of distance learning.  Introduction to Environmental Health, presents a framework for integrating environmental health nursing concepts into practice, and modules on Water Supply and Waste Water, Air Supply and Pollution, Land, Housing, Pest Control, Workplace, and Food Safety ($15 per module).

University of Albany School of Public Health - The Indoor Air Environment Video-stream.  Focuses on the dangers of indoor air toxins (dust, pollution, mold, asbestos, etc.) and exhaust systems, as well as solutions for better indoor air quality.

Risk Communication

CDC Emergency Risk Communication - The CDC's training curricula both brings the novice up to speed and helps the seasoned professional hone his or her skills in Emergency Risk Communication.

Environmental Health and Risk Communication Training - Indian Health Service. This three-day course provides students with an overview of an assessment tool, Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE EH), and familiarize students with the concept of incorporating the ten Essential Public Health Services into the operation of an environmental health program.

Risk Communication Products -This site provides risk communications training documents and other resources, provided by the U.S. Navy Environmental Health Center.

Risk Communication Training - Northwest Center for Public Health Practice.  This Web-based course provides an introduction to Emergency Risk Communication concepts and principles. Topics covered include planning for an emergency, best practices, creating effective messages, and strategies for interacting with the media and the community during times of crisis. The course includes audio and video clips that illustrate concepts, interactive quizzes that provide feedback, and a toolkit that contains downloadable worksheets and checklists.

Self-Instruction Course in Risk Communication - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).  In 2003 PAHO created the Risk Assessment and Management Unit whose purpose is strengthening the country's capacity to develop, apply and to evaluate policies and public health interventions to monitor, assess, communicate and control the environmental, occupational and consumers risks.  With this course we seek to construct an interactive information-sharing process which will lead to the creation of local proposals for risk management

Working with Communities for Environmental Health Webcast on Demand - Demonstrates a framework for working with communities and individuals to improve their capacity for making informed decisions that promote environmental health and quality of life.  The program examines cultural, behavioral, environmental, and policy influences that impact community-based work throughout the process.

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