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Skills Online



Skills Online is an award-winning, continuing education program that helps build the skills and knowledge you need to meet the core competencies for public health. The program lets you fit learning into your schedule and connects you with knowledgeable, trained facilitators who guide you through your learning.

Skills Online helps you:

  • build your professional networks
  • use data and data sources more effectively
  • deepen your understanding of key public health principles, concepts and terminology
  • communicate and collaborate effectively with colleagues and partners

For a quick introduction to Skills Online, check out the video.


Skills Online modules are designed for public health practitioners from a variety of disciplines working at the local or regional level. See the module descriptions for specific prerequisites.


Skills Online content is specific to Canadian public health practice and covers a variety of topics, including epidemiology, statistics and surveillance.

The program offers facilitated and self-directed modules. You can take short self-directed modules any time.  Facilitated modules are offered in the fall, winter and spring and take eight weeks to complete (about 25 to 40 hours of work).

Learners in facilitated modules work in teams of about 15 people from a variety of public health disciplines. Trained facilitators act as mentors to the learning teams, answering questions and encouraging discussion.

Note: On-line learners must have a computer with an internet connection and the ability to play audio and video files. Use the System CheckerExternal Link to see if your Web Browser is compatible.


Learners who complete their course get a certificate of completion from the Public Health Agency of Canada and Skills Online is endorsed by Canadian national, provincial and territorial public health associations and organizations.


New learners must read our Privacy Statement and then create an accountExternal Link.

Returning learners simply log-in to registerExternal Link. If you don’t remember your account information, contact our Helpdesk at or 1-866-432-8545.