Evidence-based Public Health Training

The Prevention Research Center (PRC-STL) is committed to passing on valuable tools and information about evidence based public health (EBPH) to public health practitioners across the United States and the world. The PRC-STL continues to offer training in EBPH which focuses on seven specific skills to improve public health practice. Through lectures, practice exercises, and case studies, training takes a “hands-on” approach and emphasizes information that is readily available to busy practitioners.

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Ideally, public health practitioners would always incorporate scientific evidence in making management decisions, developing policies, and implementing programs. In reality, these decisions are often based on short-term demands and anecdotal evidence.

Developing effective programs and policies in chronic disease prevention requires specific skills, including the application of principles of scientific reasoning and systematic uses of data and information systems. This process relies on several related disciplines, including epidemiology, biostatistics, behavioral science, health care management, and health policy development.

State-Based Training

Project Dates: 1998 – Present

State-based EBPH courses are held once or twice per year in selected states. Following the training, states are expected to replicate the course following consultation on train-the-trainer approaches. For more information,

For information on the course, please contact Carol Brownson at cbrownson2@gmail.com

Regional Training

Project Dates: 2002 – Present

The EBPH course is typically held over 3 1/2 days once or twice a year Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

For information on the course please contact Linda Dix at ldix@wustl.edu

Online Training

Project Dates: 2002-Present

Beginning in 2021, the EBPH training is offered in a 10-week online format with 2-hour sessions held once per week.

For information on the online course, please contact Carol Brownson at cbrownson2@gmail.com

The Prevention Research Center in St. Louis
One Brookings Drive, MSC 1196-0251-46
St. Louis, MO 63130