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Public Health Learning Modules: Overview
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The goal of the learning modules is to understand Healthy People 2020 and the various ways in which to use policy and program interventions to advance the goals and objectives of the initiative. While the modules only touch on 17 different topic areas, the lessons learned can be translated to other areas addressed in Healthy People 2020. The hope is that learners will be motivated to spend more time exploring Healthy People 2020, including the areas that are most relevant to their work, as a way to facilitate planning or to guide research initiatives and interventions.


Public Health Learning Modules can be used individually to supplement an existing course or combined to create a stand-alone course for the education of undergraduate, graduate and/or professional learners.


Learning Objectives

After completing the set of learning modules, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the Healthy People initiative and its significance in practice and evaluation.
  • Identify leading health indicators and priority areas within Healthy People 2020. 
  • Analyze current progress towards Healthy People 2020 goals in specific areas, as well as opportunities for future efforts in research and practice.
  • Contrast various approaches to advancing population health, including laws, policies, and population level interventions. 
  • Evaluate progress towards addressing social disparities in the context of Healthy People 2020, including socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity and other disparities. 
  • Propose additional ways in which to address key and emerging issues that impact population health.  

Purpose of the Modules

  • Encourage use of Healthy People 2020 in health professions education.

  • Describe current policy and program efforts that address Healthy People 2020 topic areas.

  • Understand how to use available data to evaluate progress towards Healthy People 2020 goals and objectives


  • Students – Undergraduate and Graduate 
    • Public Health
    • Heath Professions

  • Continuing Education
    • Brush up and review of application to practice
  • Relevant to many disciplines (e.g., public health, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, law, social work)


  • Module presenters are actively engaged in research and/or practice.

  • Professionals represent various public health-related disciplines:
    • University Faculty
    • Hospital Staff
    • Community Based Organization Staff
    • Health Department Staff
    • National Experts

Each Module Includes

  • Learning Objectives

      • Lecture Material:
        • Videos of presentations
        • Presentation slides
        • Transcripts
        • Class Activities
        • Student assessments: multiple choice, short answer or essays
        • Recommended readings
        • Supplemental learning resources

      • Tools for Faculty:
        • Instructor Manual
        • Quiz Answers

      A project of Temple University Department of Public Health and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR), made possible with support from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
      A nationwide, interdisciplinary Advisory Committee provided guidance on the modules.







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