Continuing Education Module 2 – Public Health Assessment Overview

Public Health Assessment Training

Contaminated water flowing out of a sewer pipe.

Program Description:
The Public Health Assessment online modules are designed to increase knowledge and change competency of environmental health practices and strategies.  Content is derived from ATSDR’s public health assessment (PHA) method.

At the conclusion of the session, the participant should be able to:

  1. Identify the main steps of the PHA.
  2. Describe the PHA’s dynamic nature.
  3. List activities needed for the PHA.
  4. Describe ATSDR’s multidisciplinary approach to conduct PHAs.
  5. Identify subject matter experts (SMEs) who may become involved in the PHA.
  6. Name internal or external groups that ATSDR works with throughout the PHA.
  7. Describe the benefits of environmental health professionals engaging with the community in the PHA.
  8. List tips to effectively engage the community in the PHA.
  9. Identify the main formats ATSDR uses to conduct community meetings.


  • Sylvia Allen-Lewis, MA BA, Health Education Specialist, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
  • Sandra M. López-Carreras, MS BS, Health Scientist, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
  • Karen Scruton, BS MS, Environmental Health Scientist, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
  • Gregory M. Zarus, MS MS BS BS, Director of Office of Innovation and Analytics Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Origination Date: April 9, 2024
Expiration Date:
April 9, 2026


Hardware/Software: Internet Connection; Word, Adobe

Materials: None

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

Prerequisites: None

Format: Web-based.

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

Accreditation Statements:
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 1.0. Continuing Competency credits available are 1.0. CDC provider number 98614.

For Certified Public Health Professionals (CPH)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a preapproved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) recertification credits and is authorized to offer 1.0 CPH recertification credits for this program.

In compliance with continuing education requirements, all planners and presenters must disclose all financial relationships, in any amount, with ineligible companies during the previous 24 months as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or products under investigational use.

CDC, our planners, and content experts wish to disclose they have no financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, reselling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Content will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.

CDC did not accept financial or in-kind support from ineligible companies for this continuing education activity.

Instructions for Obtaining Continuing Education (CE)
To receive continuing education (CE) for WB4812- Public Health Assessment Training Module 2: Public Health Assessment Overview, please visit CDC TRAIN and search for the course in the Course Catalog using WB4812. Follow the steps below by April 9, 2026.

  1. Register for and complete the course.
  2. Pass the post-assessment at 75%.
  3. Complete the evaluation.
  4. Visit Your Learning to access your certificates and transcript.

No fees are charged for CDC’s CE activities.