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Public Health Training (PHT) is a growing collection of FREE online educational training modules to help public health workers and others broaden their knowledge of critical issues affecting the health of Maine people.
  • If you’re a public health professional, the modules can deepen your knowledge.
  • If you’re considering a career in public health, PHT gives you an inside look at the possible areas of specialization.
  • PHT trainings are also open to anyone affected by, or simply curious about, one of the topics covered.



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    Available courses

    NEW IN 2018 ~ This self-study course introduces learners to the fundamental tools of Systems Thinking. Systems thinking provides a framework for identifying and addressing the underlying causes of complex problems. This approach minimizes responding to problem symptoms and the associated unintended consequences of quick fixes.

    This training will provide an overview of key concepts and specific tools for use with a systems thinking approach. Systems thinking skills were identified as one of the top new skills needed by the public health workers in a recent report “Building Skills For a More Strategic Workforce” from the National Consortium for Public Health Workforce Development.

    NEW IN 2018 ~ In this module you will learn that improving the health of populations is complex work and demands that we define health broadly, that we measure all aspects of health – thinking about cause and effect – and that we recognize the fact that the health system is only one part of the solution for improving health.

    Approximate time to complete this module: 1 hour

    NEW IN 2018 ~ Following a short overview of the causes and mechanisms of climate change, the course reviews current and expected human health impacts, with particular emphasis on impacts in Vermont and the northeast. These include heat-related illness, water-related impacts, vector borne diseases, air quality impacts, and mental health and well-being. Because climate change affects some people more than others, populations of concern and measures of vulnerability are addressed. The course culminates with examples of strategies used in Vermont and nationally to reduce climate change impacts on health and to improve health through climate change mitigation actions. Learners can select Level 1 for an overview or Level 2 for a deeper exploration of the five types of health impacts.

    Approximate time to complete Level I: 1 hour

    Approximate time to complete Level II: 1.5 hours

    NEW IN 2018 ~ Numbers can be hard for people to understand and apply, especially when related to public health and health care decision making. The concept of risk is particularly abstract and difficult to grasp. Numbers can pose a significant roadblock for people. For example, those with chronic diseases must use numbers to monitor their health on a daily bases. As health professionals, it is important to have the skills needed to assist people with numbers, especially people with basic and below basic numeracy and health literacy skills. This webinar offers tips and strategies health professionals can use to communicate about numbers and help people better manage and improve their health.

    Approximate time to complete this module: 1 hour

    This module will provide information on the basic biology of bed bugs, their identification, and guidance for public health interventions.

    Approximate time to complete this module: 60 minutes

    How can you balance employee evaluation and employee coaching to become a more effective manager? 

    Approximate time to complete this module: 45 minutes

    This module will provide information for public health workers and guidance for local community health officers responsible for drinking water protection.

    Approximate time to complete this module: 60 minutes

    This module will highlight the connection between the built environment and health, review current recommendations, practices and progress in the field working to provide access to affordable nutritious food, examine current research on food access strategies and health promotion, and describe the process of engaging stakeholders and stimulate policy change.

    Approximate time to complete this module: 60 minutes

    Learners will uncover the essential components of grant writing, including where to find the right funding, the implications of different application processes, and the structural components of a grant proposal. Learners will also have the opportunity to assist a program manager with writing a grant for a hypothetical scenario. 

    Approximate time to complete this module: 90 minutes

    Health Equity in Maine module reinforces the basic concepts of how public health works to address the health disparities faced by discussing the structural factors and social determinants of health that influence the health of Maine people.  

    Approximate time to complete this module: 60 minutes

    Although hoarding is not completely understood there are certain procedures and precautions that should be taken to manage the problem and ensure the safety of all individuals involved.

    Approximate time to complete this module: 30 minutes

    How can you make the best use of employee time in meetings? Learn about the key components to running a successful meeting.

    Approximate time to complete this module:
    1 hour

    How can community health workers create effective outreach plans that address the needs of vulnerable populations? Learn about the key components of an effective outreach plan.

    Approximate time to complete this module: 60-90 minutes

      The Lyme Disease Module provides knowledge to public health officials regarding Lyme disease.

      Approximate time to complete this course: 25 minutes

      Every program and organization has key stakeholders, and the goal of this course is to offer you concrete strategies for communicating with those stakeholders in order to support your broader program and organizational goals.

      Approximate time to complete this module: 60 minutes

      Distinguish between a public and a private nuisance, gain skills in explaining due process procedures and identify abatement strategies.

      Approximate time to complete this course: 25 minutes

      What are the benefits of an effective onboarding plan for new employees?

      Approximate time to complete this module: 60 minutes