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Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals

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Date Developed: 02/19/2014. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Presenter(s): Cynthia Baur, PhD, Julie Gazmararian, PhD, MPH. Type: Online Course. Level: Intermediate. Length: Self-paced.


The purpose of this public health literacy web-based training program is to educate public health professionals about public health literacy and their role in providing health information and services and promoting public health literacy. This web-based course uses a 508-compliant template, knowledge checks, evaluation, CE and other credits, include glossary and resources tabs, scenario-based interactions and video clips.

Learning Objectives

• Define and describe public health literacy.

• List factors that influence public health literacy.

• Identify who is affected by public health literacy.

• Recognize the consequences of limited public health literacy.

• Determine who are the stakeholders in public health literacy.

• Recognize the role of public health literacy in meeting core public health services.

• Apply lessons learned to improve public health literacy.

Special Instructions

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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 $225,000/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.