MicrolearningMicrolearning is an effective and emerging learning style to address the pressures of time constraints, information overload, and busy schedules by providing highly relevant and curated materials in small bursts at regular intervals.1

Benefits of microlearning include:

The MCH Navigator is pioneering a series of microlearning activities for the busy public health professional and student:

5-Minute MCH

Available Now! The 5-Minute MCH program is the Navigator's first microlearning program that explores the MCH Leadership Competencies through short, ongoing bursts of learning that encourage learners to proceed at their own pace, all while being engaged in a collaborative environment. For each competency, the program presents a 5-minute introduction, 5 learning opportunities, 5 implementation strategies, and a summary 15-minute discussion with an expert from the field. Learners can read what others have said about each module and submit their own comments and questions.

Public Health Pronto

New! Building on the momentum of 5-Minute MCH, staff will launch a program in 2017 that focuses on the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals and topic areas in Health Transformation. Public Health Pronto will tap this broader set of competencies through the lens of MCH and will follow the successful format of the 5-Minute MCH program’s monthly schedule.

MCH Fast

Coming July 2018! Staff will incorporate the self-assessment, 5-Minute MCH, and the Public Health Pronto into a new offering for those who want to learn core content of an MPH program but are not able to attend a formal program due to time, geographic, or financial constraints. MCH Fast will be asynchronous and entirely online. Upon completion of the program, learners will take a post-assessment to track changes in knowledge and skills and will be awarded a certificate that can be used to document personal learning and/or fulfill professional development requirements.

Take 5

Coming January 2019! To fill the need for ongoing, short, and synchronous learning in later project years, staff will launch the Take 5 for Title 5 program that will consist of monthly e-mails to registrants with the objective of engaging the MCH workforce in continual learning. These e-mails will be sent to learners who registered for the 5-Minute MCH and Public Health Pronto programs and who indicate a desire to continue learning.


1 Wikipedia. Microlearning Entry. Accessed July 19, 2016.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $180,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.