Orientation to Public Health

Orientation to Public Health is a web-based course that provides learners with a basic understanding of the mission and functions of public health. Designed to orient newly hired support and technical staff to the field, the course consists of two parts:

  • Part One introduces the mission and six obligations of public health.
  • Part Two explains the ten essential services.

The course uses the metaphor of a new worker orientation (computer-based) to present information. By reading e-mails, completing assigned tasks, and participating in simulated desktop conferences, the learner discovers that public health is very much a part of everyday life, and learns how many different agencies work to carry out its mission.

Newly registered learners login to find a virtual "desktop" they will use to navigate through the course. Sections called "Inbox," "Documents," "Tasks," and "Conferencing" provide access to content. Course components are generated dynamically in response to the learner's progress.

As each new area is explored and tasks completed, more material is revealed. Once learners have entered the course, a "task list" appears on their desktop. This serves as a progress indicator, helping those who logout out and return at a later time to remember work they still need to complete.

As learners work through assigned tasks, they receive feedback alerts regarding how well they have understood the material presented. Upon finishing the course, they may print out a certificate of completion.

Orientation to Public Health is unique in its approach to web-based content delivery. Please let us know what you think by filling out the evaluation form at the end of the course. We look forward to your comments and suggestions for enhancements.

Learning Outcome

As a result of this activity the learner will enhance their knowledge and competence in the mission and functions of public health including the six obligations of public health and the ten essential services.

Continuing Education Credits

This activity has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health. This program is designated for the participant to receive 1.0 CE credits. Approval number: CE #10505
To receive NJPH Credits for this course, please email your certificate of completion to Carl Donaldson, donaldcj@rutgers.edu

1.0 hours of Generic Continuing Education Credits.

  • Training launched: February 1, 2003
  • Estimated time: 1 hour
  • Training is free and open to the public

The planners and course authors have no financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity. No commercial support has been accepted for this activity.