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Skills Online


  • Skills Online facilitated courses are offered three times each year. Next registrationExternal Link (for Fall courses) is open from July 20 to August 23, 2015. You can also take self-directed courses anytime.
  • Skills Online helps build workforce capacity in core competenciesExternal Link for public health.
  • NEW! The Skills Online program introduces Learning PathsExternal Link for Community Health/Public Health Nurses and Public Health Inspectors/ Environmental Health Officers.


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:

  • meet the requirements for the Core Competencies in Public Health
  • 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 courses are designed for public health practitioners from a variety of disciplines working at the local, regional and national levels. See the course descriptions for specific prerequisites.


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

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

Learners in facilitated courses 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.


To register, visit www.skillsonline.caExternal Link.

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.

Recognition and Endorsement

Upon completing a course, learners receive a certificate from the Public Health Agency of Canada. Several disciplines and professional groups (such as the Canadian Nurses Association and the Canadian Public Health Association) endorse the program. Some groups recognize completion of the Skills Online courses as professional development hours toward certification and learning requirements.

  • Members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors can take all facilitated courses as part of their required 20 hours of annual Continuing Professional Competencies development.
  • The Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC) recommends Skills Online courses as one resource that can be used to prepare for CHNC certification and to meet certification renewal requirement.
  • The courses are admissible towards the 13 hours of non-certified continuing education training required annually by the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec.