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Evidence Based Public Health: A Course in Chronic Disease Prevention

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.

Kohatsu, et al. Am J Prev Med 2004:27(5)
Brownson et al. Evidence-Based Public Health, 2nd Ed. (2010) 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 4-day course that focuses on seven 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.

How You Can Participate in the Training

National Course:

Every March, the course is offered in St. Louis. NACDD provides travel funds for a limited number of qualified applicants. You can learn more about this training at

For information about how to apply, please contact


State-based Training:

NACDD also supports two state-based trainings per year. States can apply to bring the training team on site (see 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, see the State-Based Train-the-Trainer Course Planning Guide.To learn more about the state-based training and application process, please contact

NACDD Opportunities Improve Capacity in Evidence-Based Decision Making

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