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Online Public Health Training Portals for MCH Professionals

From the MCH Library at Georgetown University, these sources provide collections of training opportunities that MCH professionals can use to further their education and skills development.

Check out their website for information on the following online public health training portals:

MCH Navigator is a centralized portal to help emerging and established maternal and child health (MCH) professionals map professional growth pathways as a complement to formal institutionally-based undergraduate or graduate education programs in MCH.

It lists courses in eight areas: MCH 101, MCH Conceptual Models, Management, Communication, Epidemiology, Leadership, MCH Planning Cycle, and Targeted MCH Populations and Topics. A search box enables users to look for specific terms within document descriptions. The MCH Navigator includes modules, tutorials, webinars, courses, institutes, and certificate programs. Additional training resources such as links to external sites and a glossary of MCH terms are included.

Searching MCH Navigator: browse the categories in the Learning Resources tab or enter a keyword in the search box to find that keyword anywhere on the site.

Public Health Training Centers (PHTC) Network provides trainings and other resources from a network of 36 centers funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. The centers are partnerships between accredited schools of public health, related academic institutions, and public health agencies and organizations.

A map provides a list of the centers with links to each one. Choose the Find Training link on the sidebar and search by keyword or view the bundled courses that list groups of introductory courses in several categories, such as Public Health 101, Cultural Competency and Diversity, and Program Evaluation. The course descriptions include information about whether Continuing Education (CE) credits are available.

Searching the PHTC Network: click on Find Training in the sidebar and enter a keyword or phrase in the search box, or choose Advanced Search to select courses by category. When using Advanced Search, do not enter a keyword and scroll down to the bottom of the categories to find that search button.

TRAIN (TrainingFinder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network) is a learning resource and learning management system for the public health workforce that provides:

  • Competency assessment tools for self-assessment
  • An extensive database of on-site and online training
  • User-created personal learning records of competency-based professional training
  • Ability to view and provide feedback about courses
  • E-mails about new courses and online discussion forums.

TRAIN consists of a national site and a network of affiliate sites managed by state and federal public health agencies, academic institutions, and others. A map provides links to state affiliates. TRAIN is developed by the Public Health Foundation and funded by affiliates and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Searching TRAIN: to find courses related to maternal and child health in general or to a specific topic (such as nutrition), explore multiple search options provided, as results vary. Click on their Advanced button and explore multiple search options provided, as results vary. Use the sidebar to select a category, choose Search to enter keywords, or choose Browse to see all the courses in alphabetical order.

Examples of topics include nutrition, minority health, maternal child health, oral health, policy and planning, and chronic diseases. The course descriptions include information about whether Continuing Education (CE) credits are available.

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