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Evidence Based Public Health Training

What is Evidence Based Public Health (EBPH)?

Evidence based public health is "the development, implementation, and evaluation of effective programs and policies in public health through application of principles of scientific reasoning." The process involves integrating science-based interventions with community preferences to improve the health of populations. For more information on Evidence-based Public Health, see

Kohatsu, et al. Am J Prev Med 2004:27(5)
Brownson et al. Evidence-Based Public Health, 3rd Ed. (2017) Oxford University Press.

The EBPH Course in Chronic Disease Prevention

With support from NACDD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Prevention Research Center in St. Louis offers a 3.5-day course that focuses on nine specific content areas to improve public health practice (see Figure). These skills act as a framework for the course. The EBPH training addresses many of the core competencies for public health professionals adopted by various accrediting bodies. Through lectures, practice exercises, and case studies, the course takes a "hands-on" approach and emphasizes information that is readily available to busy practitioners.


Regional Course:

Twice a year, the course is offered in St. Louis. NACDD provides travel funds for practitioner teams from selected Regions. For more information, please contact Carol Brownson at



State-based Training:

NACDD also supports state-based trainings each year. States can apply to bring the training team on site (see the 2018 application form). The goal is to build capacity within state public health agencies by training staff and future trainers who will replicate EBPH training within their states. For more detailed information about course replication, see the State-Based Train-the-Trainer Course Planning Guide.

To learn more about the state-based training and application process, please contact Carol Brownson at

 Click here to learn more about the opportunities NACDD provides to improve capacity in evidence- based decision making through the EBPH Course

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National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
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Decatur, GA 30030
Phone (770) 458-7400
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