Screening in Public Health Practice

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Date Developed: Unknown. Source: Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. Presenter(s): Victoria Holt, RN, MPH, PhD. Type: Online Course. Level: Introductory. Length: 60 minutes.


Screening is a critical tool that can save lives, improve health outcomes, and can even help public health practitioners make tough decisions about how to allocate limited resources. In this one-hour online course, you will learn what screening is, how to select an appropriate screening test and administer it, and how to evaluate the effectiveness of your screening program for your patients.

Learning Objectives

• Define screening and describe its role in public health work

• Determine diseases for which it is appropriate to screen

• Determine which tests are appropriate to use

• Describe important factors in the design and evaluation of screening programs

• Help clients interpret results of screening tests

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.