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About the WRPHTC

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.



  • Development and dissemination of skill-based public health trainings (online, in-person, webinars)
    • We offer free continuing professional education courses.
    • We are an accredited provider of CPEUs that is available to all Registered Dietitians/Nutrition and Registered Dietetic Technicians. 
    • We are an accredited provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) that are available to all Certificated Education Specialists (CHES). 
  • We provide stipends to support undergraduate juniors, seniors, and graduate students conducting community-based health projects.
  • Customization and implementation of an online public health core competency and training needs assessment for public health organizations.


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


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.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant UB6HP31687 "Regional Public Health Training Center Program" for $1,013,453. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.