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Foundational Public Health Nursing Training

The "Foundational Public Health Training Program" was designed to address key knowledge, skills, and abilities public health nursing coordinators/supervisors must apply to demonstrate the core public health nursing competencies and to deliver the essential public health services at a local level. This program meets the educational requirements stated in the definition of a "Public Health Coordinator/Supervisor," in the Iowa Administrative Code, Chapter 80 on Local Public Health Services. Section 80.9(4) of the Iowa Administrative Code reads as follow: 80.9(4) Public health coordinator/supervisor education and experience qualifications. Individuals performing Public health coordination/supervision shall meet one of the following criteria: a. A bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in public health, health administration, nursing or other applicable field and a minimum of two years of related experience; or b. A registered nurse licensed to practice by the Iowa board of nursing who has a minimum of two years of related experience and has completed a course approved by the Department within six months of employment. c. By January 1, 2008, individuals who currently hold the position of public health coordinator/supervisor on or before June 30, 2007, shall meet one of the above criteria. Program Content: There are six modules in this program:


  • Nurses (public health nurse)

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss causes of disease and protection/prevention measures
  • List components of the public health system
  • Describe the Ten Essential Services and the three core functions of public health
  • Discuss challenges for the public health system
  • Discuss Public Health's scope of practice (i.e., the Ten Essential Public Health Services)


Domain 1: Analytic/Assessment Skills
  • 1.01 Defines a problem
  • 1.02 Determines appropriate uses and limitations of both quantitative and qualitative data
  • 1.03 Selects and defines variables relevant to defined public health problems
  • 1.04 Identifies relevant and appropriate data and information sources
  • 1.05 Evaluates the integrity and comparability of data and identifies gaps in data sources
  • 1.06 Applies ethical principles to the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of data and information
  • 1.07 Partners with communities to attach meaning to collected quantitative and qualitative data
  • 1.08 Makes relevant inferences from quantitative and qualitative data
  • 1.09 Obtains and interprets information regarding risks and benefits to the community
  • 1.10 Applies data collection processes, information technology applications, and computer systems storage/retrieval strategies
  • 1.11 Recognizes how the data illuminates ethical, political, scientific, economic, and overall public health issues
Domain 2: Policy Development/Program Planning Skills
  • 2.01 Collects, summarizes, and interprets information relevant to an issue
  • 2.02 States policy options and writes clear and concise policy statements
  • 2.03 Identifies, interprets, and implements public health laws, regulations and policies related to specific programs
  • 2.04 Articulates the health, fiscal, administrative, legal, social, and political implications of each policy option
  • 2.05 States the feasibility and expected outcomes of each policy option
  • 2.06 Utilizes current techniques in decision analysis and health planning
  • 2.07 Decides on the appropriate course of action
  • 2.08 Develops a plan to implement policy, including goals, outcome and process objectives, and implementation steps
  • 2.09 Translates policy into organizational plans, structures and programs
  • 2.10 Prepares and implements emergency response plans
  • 2.11 Develops mechanisms to monitor and evaluate programs for their effectiveness and quality
Domain 3: Communication Skills
  • 3.01 Communicates effectively both in writing and orally, or in other ways
  • 3.02 Solicits input from individuals and organizations
  • 3.03 Advocates for public health programs and resources
  • 3.04 Leads and participates in groups to address specific issues
  • 3.05 Uses the media, advanced technologies, and community networks to communicate information
  • 3.06 Effectively presents accurate demographic, statistical, programmatic, and scientific information for professional and lay audiences
  • 3.07 Listens to others in an unbiased manner, respects points of view of others, and promotes the expression of diverse opinions andperspectives
Domain 5: Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
  • 5.01 Establishes and maintains linkages with key stakeholders
  • 5.02 Utilizes leadership, team building, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills to build community partnerships
  • 5.03 Collaborates with community partners to promote the health of the population
  • 5.04 Identifies how public and private organizations operate within a community
  • 5.05 Accomplishes effective community engagements
  • 5.06 Identifies community assets and available resources
  • 5.07 Develops, implements, and evaluates a community public health assessment
  • 5.08 Describes the role of government in the delivery of community health services
Domain 6: Basic Public Health Sciences Skills
  • 6.01 Identifies the individual’s and organization’s responsibilities within the context of the Essential Public Health Services and core functions
  • 6.02 Defines, assesses, and understands the health status of populations, determinants of health and illness, factors contributing to health promotion and disease prevention, and factors influencing the use of health services
  • 6.03 Understands the historical development, structure, and interaction of public health and health care systems
  • 6.04 Identifies and applies basic research methods used in public health
  • 6.05 Applies the basic public health sciences including behavioral and social sciences, biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental public health, and prevention of chronic and infectious diseases and injuries
  • 6.06 Identifies and retrieves current relevant scientific evidence
  • 6.07 Identifies the limitations of research and the importance of observations and interrelationships
  • 6.08 Develops a lifelong commitment to rigorous critical thinking
Domain 7: Financial Planning and Management Skills
  • 7.01 Develops and presents a budget
  • 7.02 Manages programs within budget constraints
  • 7.03 Applies budget processes
  • 7.04 Develops strategies for determining budget priorities
  • 7.05 Monitors program performance
  • 7.06 Prepares proposals for funding from external sources
  • 7.07 Applies basic human relations skills to the management of organizations, motivation of personnel, and resolution of conflicts
  • 7.08 Manages information systems for collection, retrieval, and use of data for decision-making
  • 7.09 Negotiates and develops contracts and other documents for the provision of population-based services
  • 7.10 Conducts cost-effectiveness, cost-benefit, and cost utility analyses
Domain 8: Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills
  • 8.01 Creates a culture of ethical standards within organizations and communities
  • 8.02 Helps create key values and shared vision and uses these principles to guide action
  • 8.03 Identifies internal and external issues that may impact delivery of essential public health services (i.e. strategic planning)
  • 8.04 Facilitates collaboration with internal and external groups to ensure participation of key stakeholders
  • 8.05 Promotes team and organizational learning
  • 8.06 Contributes to development, implementation, and monitoring of organizational performance standards
  • 8.07 Uses the legal and political system to effect change
  • 8.08 Applies theory of organizational structures to professional practice
Cost: $0
Credit: CNE
Contact hours:9.6
Course hours: 0
Technical Requirements: None
Level: Aware
Format: Web
Sponsor: Upper Midwest Public Health Training Center
Sponsor Type: PHTC

Questions? Please contact the PHTC that is responsible for the particular training or course.

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