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Survey Purpose 

Identifying the training needs of the public health workforce is critical to increasing its capacity to improve health equity and respond to emergencies. Training needs assessments of the public health workforce help ensure proper operations management, planning, and design of relevant professional development opportunities that improve professional knowledge, competence, and effectiveness. The WRPHTC has developed the Public Health Core Competency Self-assessment and Training Preferences Survey (PHCCSTPS) as an online tool for assessing the skill sets and identifying the training needs of professionals working in public health. 

Survey Format 

The PHCCSTPS has two sections. The first asks respondents to identify training needs and preferences. The second asks respondents to self-assess their level of competence on the eight public health core competency domains developed by the Council on Linkages. 

Survey Length 

The PHCCSTPS takes around 30-45 minutes to complete.

Survey Benefits 

Findings from the survey can be used to:

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

If you are interested in assessing your training needs, please click the corresponding links below.

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