Building Professionalism Through Management Training: New England Public Health Training Center’s Low-Cost, High-Impact Model

Sep 01, 2018 | K. MacVarish, H. Kenefick, A. Fidler, B. Cohen, Y. Orellana and K. Todd

CONTEXT: Evolving practices, accreditation, and priorities established in Public Health 3.0 are adding to the long-identified need for management training among public health practitioners.

PROGRAM: The New England Public Health Training Center is addressing this need with a flexible, open-source, 16-topic training program. The program is designed to build competencies for current and future managers, preparing them for their day-to-day tasks and for the kinds of adaptation suggested by Public Health 3.0 advocates.

IMPLEMENTATION: The training program uses live expert instructors for 10 webinars and 2 in-person trainings. Experts have also created the content for multiple self-paced E-Learnings that trainees undertake in addition to the instructor-led sessions. A webinar platform with breakout rooms and an advanced learning management system allows for online discussion and mentor interaction. The course has now been offered, evaluated, and modified 3 times, and the materials are available for noncommercial use by the public health community.

EVALUATION: Using the Kirkpatrick training evaluation model, the recent cohort was satisfied (87.5%) with the training, reported identifying actions to apply information learned to their work (85.8%), and experienced statistically significant knowledge gains. Earlier trainees reported work-related behavior change.

DISCUSSION: Management training offers the hope of increasing professionalism; creating better, more effective workplaces and programs; and preparing practitioners for an evolving public health landscape. Early results indicate that NEPHTC’s program, Managing Effectively in Today’s Public Health Environment, is a useful tool in realizing that hope.

PubMed Abstract

MacVarish, K., Kenefick, H., Fidler, A., Cohen, B., Orellana, Y., & Todd, K. (2018). Building Professionalism Through Management Training: New England Public Health Training Center's Low-Cost, High-Impact Model. J Public Health Manag Pract, 24(5), 479-486. doi:10.1097/phh.0000000000000693