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Public Health Certificate

Posted on Jul, 11 2013


Program Goals

The Public Health Certificate is an opportunity to expand the influence of pharmacists in Public Health as a result of the demand for more practitioners in the public health workforce arising from the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) which provides an opportunity for pharmacists' active participation at all levels of the public health system.

Program Authors

NDSU faculty developed this online training opportunity in collaboration with CAPT. James Bresette of the US Public Health Service, Lynette Bradley-Baker of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and faculty with public health credentials from Concordia Wisconsin University and University of Maryland Eastern Shore.


Module 1- Overview of Public Health and Public Health Systems in the United States (.20 CEUs) 0047-0000-13-023-H04-P

  • Don Warne, MD, PHP
  • Define public health
  • List core functions and essential services of public health
  • Identify examples of pharmacy in public health practice


Module 2- Epidemiology in Public Health I (.30 CEUs) 0047-0000-13-052-H04-P

  • Don Miller, PharmD
  • Define Epidemiology as it relates to public health and pharmacy issues
  • List 3 ways in which pharmacists can use epidemiology in their practice
  • Describe some of the large databases used for medical surveillance signals and how they are used
  • Define the terms and calculate examples of incidence, prevalence, risk ratio, odds ratio, absolute risk reduction, relative risk reduction, and number needed to harm
  • Explain the concept of risk factors for disease, and how they affect public health decisions


Module 3- Epidemiology in Public Health II (.20 CEUs) 0047-000-13-025-H04-P

  • Don Miller, PharmD
  • Discuss the principles of epidemiological study design
  • Distinguish between experimental, cohort, case-control, and cross-sectional studies, and discuss the advantages/disadvantages of each
  • Point out limitations and biases that occur with each type of study


Module 4- Disease Prevention and Health Promotion using Social and Behavioral Interventions (.30 CEUs) 0047-0000-13-026-H04-P

  • Christian Albano, MS.PhD, MBA, MPH
  • Define health, risk factors, determinants of health and the action model to achieve healthy people 2020 overarching goals
  • Demonstrate frameworks/models that offer systematic approach for development, implementation, and evaluation of health programs
  • Explain primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention
  • Identify examples of contributions of social and behavioral sciences to public health
  • Illustrate how socioeconomic status, culture, religion, and other social/behavioral risk factors affect health
  • Identify common health behavior theories/models and apply selected health-behavior theories or models to plan for the development, implementation, and evaluation of a public health program
  • Identify pharmacist's functions on the micro and macro levels in public health
  • Cite at least 3 examples of pharmacists micro and macro level activities and opportunities


Module 5- Law, Ethics, and Policy in Public Health (.30 CEUs) 0047-0000-13-047-H03-P

  • Don Warne, MD, PHP
  • Describe the role of federal law and policy in the provision of public health services
  • Define ethics in terms of its impact on public health
  • Identify examples public health law and policy impact the role of the pharmacist


Module 6- Community Engagement (.20 CEUs) 0047-0000-13-048-H04-P

  • Mark Strand, PHD
  • Describe the role of community engagement in public health interventions
  • Explain the practice of community engagement as a health professional
  • Describe the steps to facilitate a community engagement project


Module 7- Environmental Health (.20 CEUs) 0047-0000-13-049-H05-P

  • Christian Albano, MS.PhD, MBA, MPH
  • Define environmental health and occupational health
  • Delineate the Healthy People 2020 goals on environmental health
  • Identify the environmental factors in the occupational/work-place setting and identify the interventions that can mitigate these factors
  • Describe the major sources of environmental contaminants and pollutants, how they reach people, and the effect they have on the community
  • Apply epidemiological techniques for predicting the scope and magnitude of adverse effects on environmental systems
  • Demonstrate an understanding of economic, societal, and political conditions as they relate to a specific environmental health problem in an effort to find appropriate solutions and prioritize actions
  • Describe the risk assessment and management process in environmental health
  • Identify the formal legislative/regulatory system within which environmental health regulations are developed and enforced


Module 8- Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (.20 CEUs) 0047-0000-13-050-H04-P

  • Carol Cwiak, JD, PHD
  • List a variety of hazards and explain why these hazards increasingly result in emergencies and disasters that affect people and property
  • Define emergency management and other key terminology related to emergency preparedness and response
  • Explain the structure created by the Federal Government for response and the functions it focuses on
  • List the expectations of public health under the National Response Framework ESF 8
  • Identify partners that collaborate with the emergency management community to create the framework that keeps communities safe
  • Explain the role of public health and pharmacists in preparing for hazards and dealing with emergencies and disasters
  • Discuss key continuity planning steps
  • Explain why continuity of operations planning is essential for pharmacies and other agencies that serve essential needs of a community
  • List key areas in which public health agencies and pharmacies can focus their planning efforts


Module 9- Cultural Perspectives in Providing Public Health (.20 CEUs) 0047-0000-13-051-H04-P

  • Dave Scott, MPH, Ph.D
  • Identify the determinants of health that can affect health disparities
  • Describe the changing demographics in the United States and its association to health disparities
  • Describe the levels of cultural competence
  • Discuss the steps that can improve the pharmacist's cultural competence



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