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Module Descriptions

Skills Online offers self-directed and facilitated modules. Self-directed modules can be taken at any time. Facilitated modules must be completed by the session end date. For detailed descriptions click on the module titles below.

To take any Skills Online module you must complete a technology orientation. First-time learners who register for any of the facilitated modules will automatically be registered in the mandatory orientation.

Self-directed modules (no fee)

Facilitated modules

Upcoming sessions:

Winter 2015, register: November 17 to December 14, 2014

Code Title Fee
EPI 1 Basic epidemiological concepts $75
EPI 2 Measurement of health status $175
EPI 3 Epidemiological methods $175
APP 1 Outbreak investigation and management $175
APP 2 Epidemiology of chronic diseases $175
APP 3 Applied epidemiology: Injuries $175
SUR 1 Introduction to surveillance $175
SUR 2 Communicating data effectively $175
STA 1 Introduction to biostatistics $175
PHP 2 Evidence-based public health practice $175
PHP 3 Planning for public health $175
EVA 1 Introduction to evaluation $175
HLIT Health literacy for public health professionals $175

Basic Epidemiological Concepts (EPI 1)

Required effort: approximately 26-33 hours
No prerequisite

Builds competencies in Public Health Sciences and Assessment and Analysis.

First in a suite of three modules on epidemiology in public health--the others are Measurement of Health Status (EPI 2) and Epidemiological Methods (EPI 3)--this module gives you the opportunity to enhance your understanding of the fundamentals of epidemiology, and allows you to build skills in applying basic epidemiological principles to your work in public health. Read more (PDF Document)External Link

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Measurement of Health Status (EPI 2)

Required effort: approximately 30-39 hours
Prerequisite: Basic Epidemiological Concepts

Builds competencies in Public Health Sciences; Assessment and Analysis; Diversity and Inclusiveness; Communication; and Leadership.

Second in a suite of three introductory modules on epidemiology in public health--the others are Basic Epidemiological Concepts (EPI 1) and Epidemiological Methods (EPI 3)--this module introduces you to the tools, methods, measures and data sources used to evaluate aspects of health in your community, region, province or territory. Read more (PDF Document)External Link

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Epidemiological Methods (EPI 3)

Required effort: approximately 21-30 hours
Prerequisite: Basic Epidemiological Concepts and Measurement of Health Status

Builds competencies in Public Health Sciences; Assessment and Analysis; Policy and Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation; and Leadership.

Third in a suite of three introductory modules on epidemiology in public health--the others are Basic Epidemiological Concepts (EPI 1) and Measurement of Health Status (EPI 2)--this module introduces specific approaches and methods used in public health epidemiology. Read more (PDF Document)External Link

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Outbreak Investigation and Management (APP1)

Required effort: approximately 23-31 hours
Prerequisite: Basic Epidemiological Concepts and an understanding of high school mathematics.

Builds competencies in Public Health Sciences; Assessment and Analysis; Policy and Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation; Partnerships, Collaboration and Advocacy; and Communication.

An introduction to the basic principles and steps involved in outbreak investigation and management. With a strong emphasis on the need for good communication during an investigation, the module learning materials focus on a systematic, methodical approach based on epidemiology and statistics. Read more (PDF Document)External Link

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Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases (APP2)

Required effort: approximately 24-30 hours
Prerequisite: Basic Epidemiological Concepts and an understanding of high school mathematics

Builds competencies in Public Health Sciences; Assessment and Analysis; Policy and Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation; Partnerships, Collaboration and Advocacy; Diversity and Inclusiveness; Communication; and Leadership.

Strengthens your knowledge and understanding of the epidemiology of chronic disease, health determinants and risk factors. Learning materials focus on the basic concepts, determinants, risk factors and interventions to prevent and control chronic disease. Read more (PDF Document)External Link

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Applied Epidemiology: Injuries (APP3)

Required effort: approximately 25-33 hours
Prerequisite: Basic Epidemiological Concepts and an understanding of high school mathematics

Builds competencies in Assessment and Analysis; Policy and Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation; and Partnerships, Collaboration and Advocacy.

An introduction to the basic concepts in injury epidemiology, the study of the distribution and determinants of injury in a defined population, and its application to the control of injury events. Read more (PDF Document)External Link

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Introduction to Surveillance (SUR1)

Required effort: approximately 24-33 hours
Prerequisite: Basic Epidemiological Concepts and an understanding of high school mathematics

Builds competencies in Public Health Sciences; Assessment and Analysis; Policy and Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation; Communication; and Leadership.

This module will improve your ability to do public health surveillance and to use surveillance data in your work. With a focus on the dissemination of public health surveillance data and information, the course looks at basic principles, reviews the major surveillance products from Canadian and international systems. It also explores the basic principles, skills and strategies for communicating data effectively, which is looked at in more detail in SUR 2: Communicating Data Effectively.  Read More (PDF Document)External Link

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Communicating Data Effectively (SUR2)

Required effort: approximately 30-36 hours
No prerequisite but it is recommended that you have an understanding of high school mathematics and the basic principles of epidemiology and surveillance.

Builds competencies in Assessment and Analysis; Diversity and Inclusiveness; Communication; and Leadership.

This module further explores the basic concepts of communication introduced in SUR1: Introduction to Surveillance. Learning materials focus on the central elements of communication and ethical principles and approaches and they offer ideas for communicating surveillance data effectively--an essential step in the surveillance cycle. You will explore a range of communication strategies and ways of working that will ensure your data triggers appropriate action. Read more (PDF Document)External Link

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Introduction to Biostatistics (STA1)

Required effort: approximately 26-34 hours
Prerequisite: Basic Epidemiological Concepts and an understanding of high school mathematics

Purpose

The module focuses on providing a common language and understanding of statistical concepts that allow you to read and assess scientific articles and do simple statistical analyses of common public health data. If you have already taken one or more courses in statistics, you may wish to use this module as a refresher.

The course is an introduction to the subject; its objective is to give you the knowledge and tools to know when you need to talk to a trained statistician. Read more (PDF Document)External Link

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Evidence-based Public Health Practice (PHP2)

Required effort: approximately 24-38 hours
Prerequisite: Basic Epidemiological Concepts and an understanding of high school mathematics. We also recommend that you take, before or at the same time, PHP4: Introduction to Literature Searching.

Builds competencies in Public Health Sciences; Assessment and Analysis; Policy and Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation.

Public health practitioners are increasingly applying an evidence-based approach to program planning, implementation and evaluation in order to respond to new and on-going challenges. This is an introduction to the concepts associated with evidence-based public health practice. Learning materials focus on strategies for collecting and appraising evidence and the application of best practices using established resources and proven methodologies. Read more (PDF Document)External Link

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Planning for Public Health (PHP3)

Required effort: approximately 34 hours
Prerequisite: PHP2 Evidence Based Public Health Practice

Builds competencies in Public Health Sciences; Assessment and Analysis; Policy and Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation; Partnerships, Collaboration and Advocacy; Diversity and Inclusiveness; and Communication

Planning, as a component of an evidence-informed approach, is essential to effective public health practice. This module will introduce you to the various approaches to planning in a public health context. Learning activities focus on the steps of the planning process, including situational analysis, programming, implementation, and evaluation. It aims to increase your ability to apply public health resources to public health problems. Read more (PDF Document)External Link

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Introduction to Evaluation (EVA1)

Required effort: 35 hours
Prerequisite: none

Builds competencies in Policy and Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation; Partnerships, Collaboration and Advocacy; Diversity and Inclusiveness; Communication; and Leadership.

With a focus on the steps in the evaluation process -- creating a logic model, drawing up an evaluation plan, collecting data and reporting -- learning activities aim at strengthening your ability to conduct or commission evaluations of public health interventions and to use your evaluation findings to improve public health practice. Read more (PDF Document)External Link

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Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals (HLIT)

Required effort: 30 hours
Prerequisite: none

Builds competencies in Public Health Sciences; Diversity and Inclusiveness; and Communication.

Health literacy—being able to make informed decisions about your health—is a critical determinant of health. This module gives you, as a public health practitioner, a deeper understanding of the systemic and individual barriers to health literacy, as well as tools and strategies to help evaluate and promote health literacy. Read more (PDF Document)External Link

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