Continuing Education Module 1 – ATSDR and its Method

Public Health Assessment Training

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Program Description:
The Public Health Assessment Training (PHAT) online modules are designed to increase knowledge and competency of environmental health practices in the evaluation of exposure to hazardous substances. The content of the modules is derived from the method used by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), which is known as the public health assessment (PHA).


At the conclusion of Module 1: ATSDR and its Method, the participant will be able to:

  1. Name the responsibilities of ATSDR to protect the public from hazardous exposures.
  2. List the components of ATSDR’s method, which is known as the PHA.
  3. Identify the criteria considered in the evaluation of petition requests.
  4. List types of documents that you might develop to summarize the findings and recommendations of the health assessment.
  5. List public health recommendations that you can make as a result of the PHA.
  6. Describe the importance of interprofessional collaboration between ATSDR and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


  • Sandra M. López-Carreras MS, Health Scientist/Training Coordinator, ATSDR
  • Sylvia Allen-Lewis MEd, Health Education Specialist, ATSDR
  • Carla Buriks MS BS, Project Manager/Education Specialist, Tetra Tech Inc.
  • Brian Tencza MEd, Team Lead Education Services, ATSDR
  • Lynn C. Wilder PhD CIH, Associate Director for Science, National Environmental Health Center
  • Karen Scruton BS MS, Environmental Health Scientist, ATSDR
  • Barbara A. Anderson MSEnvE PE, Environmental Health Scientist, ATSDR

Origination Date: January 24, 2020
Renewal Date: 
January 24, 2022
Expiration Date:
January 24, 2024

Hardware/Software: Computer Hardware; Internet connection; Browser, Word, Adobe

Materials: None

Target Audience:
Public health professionals involved or interested in the PHA process, including Environmental Health Specialists, Toxicologists, Epidemiologists, Medical Officers, Registered Nurses, Health Educators, Community Involvement Specialists, Health Communicators, and Program Managers.

Prerequisites: None

Format: These modules are online, asynchronous, and self-paced.

Contact Information:
Sandra M. López-Carreras MS,, 770-488-0663

Accreditation Statements:

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

In support of improving patient care, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

CME:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this enduring material for a maximum of (1.0) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CNE:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This activity provides (0.9) contact hours.

CEU:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer (0.1) CEU’s for this program.

CECH: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are 0. CDC provider number 98614.

In compliance with continuing education requirements, all presenters must disclose any financial or other associations with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or product(s) under investigational use.

CDC, our planners, content experts, and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters. Planners have reviewed content to ensure there is no bias.

CDC did not accept commercial support for this continuing education activity.

Instructions for Obtaining Continuing Education (CE)
In order to receive continuing education (CE) for WB2918R – Public Health Assessment Training Module 1: ATSDR and its Method please visit TCEO and follow these 9 Simple Steps before 01/24/2024, 11:59 PM (ET). Use the “WB2918R” course number to search for this course.

Complete the activity
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Pass the posttest at 75% at


No fees are charged for CDC’s CE activities.

Page last reviewed: February 10, 2022