Critical Thinking for Public Health Practice

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Date Developed: 2006. Source: Upper Midwest Public Health Training Center. Presenter(s): n.a.. Type: Online Course. Level: Introductory. Length: 60 minutes.


This course is for public health leaders who may need to solve a problem or crisis by thinking critically about it and make appropriate decisions using an established six step model.

Learning Objectives

• Identify and clearly define a problem situation.

• Gather facts about a problem situation in an efficient and effective manner.

• Identify and categorize any constraints on possible solutions to a problem situation.

• Employ an appropriate method to effectively generate alternative solutions to a problem situation.

• Use a set of criteria (feasibility, suitability, and flexibility) to evaluate alternative solutions to a problem situation.

• Develop an action plan for implementing a solution to a problem situation.

• Monitor progress after implementing a solution to a problem situation to evaluate whether or not objectives are met.

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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.