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The Western Region Public Health Training Center (WRPHTC) is one of ten Regional Public Health Training Centers (RPHTCs) funded by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to support the public health workforce. The WRPHTC is located in HRSA Region 9, which includes Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii, and US Associated Pacific Islands.

We are a consortium of public health professionals that work to develop and provide innovative, skill-based training to address gaps identified by training needs assessments for the public health workforce.



Our vision is to have a strong collaborative public health network and public health workforce that collectively works towards the development of healthy communities in HRSA Region 9 and the nation.



Training Needs Assessments & Training Plans: We help public health departments understand and respond to local workforce development needs.

  • Identify whether your current capacity-building efforts are in line with your workforce's preferences and needs     
  • Determine training gaps by job tier
  • Inform professional development plans for individuals
  • Inform workforce development plans and capacity-building programs for organizations
  • Prepare for the Domain 8 requirements for PHAB accreditation


Professional Development: We help professionals build the core skills and competencies necessary to address public health challenges.

  • Access learning in multiple modalities from webinars, self-paced courses, podcasts, and cohort-based learning with and for our partners.
  • Earn Continuing Education credit hours for Certified Health Education Specialists, Registered Dietitians, and more through our free trainings
  • Learn knowledge and apply skills from our trainings that will enhance your professional growth and competencies


Future Leaders Program: We help students gain valuable practical experience through funded applied public health experiences at agencies working with underserved communities.

  • Gain valuable practical experience through applied public health experiences at agencies working with underserved communities.
  • Get access to training, funding, and community during the course of your project.
  • Connect with other students working in public health and preparing to enter the workforce.




The consortium consists of a Central Office at the University of Arizona's Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and four Community-Based Training Partners, including: