Core, Required NCD Training Materials: More Advanced Training

***Please note that these training modules are currently being finalized.   Once they are finalized, they will be accessible to download.***


Below is a list of NCD-focused core training modules that can be given to FETP trainees after the introductory modules.   There is one webinar and five self-paced/paper-based training modules. The self-paced materials can be given one-on-one with the guidance of a mentor, or in a classroom. 

The modules contain NCD-related examples and exercises; however, they may also be used to teach learners who are focusing on infectious diseases because they teach processes, for example, how to evaluate a surveillance system.

Click on the module name to access the facilitator and/or participant materials.  The modules that have not been cross cleared by the Center for Global Health and the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion will say “DRAFT” on the training materials.




Evaluating Surveillance Systems


12 hours

self-paced/ paper-based

1. At the end of the classroom training, you will be able to:

a. Describe the following for an evaluation of a surveillance system you will conduct back on the job:

  • Stakeholders to engage in the evaluation,
  • Parameters to use to measure the importance of a health-related event,
  • Methods for describing the operation of the public health surveillance system,
  • Purpose of the evaluation,
  • Methods for focusing/conducting the evaluation design, and
  • Methods for assessing usefulness and system attributes.

b. Perform the following using a sample surveillance system evaluation to:

  • assess usefulness and system attributes,
  • determine if the conclusions and recommendations are justified and are supported by the findings, and
  • describe how to ensure use of evaluation findings and share lessons learned.

2. When you return to your job, you will:

a. evaluate a surveillance system,

b. write an evaluation report, and

c. create a PowerPoint presentation.

Developing a Protocol



9 hours

self-paced/ paper-based

  1. At the end of the training, you will be able to:

a. Write a proposal that has the following sections:

  • background,
  • justification for the study,
  • research question or hypothesis,
  • objectives of a study,
  • proposed methods, and
  • expected benefit.

b. Assess the quality of a sample protocol.

c. List the information to include in a protocol for an NCD study you are proposing.

2.  When you return to your job, you will be able to develop all sections of a protocol for an NCD study.

Creating an Analysis Plan

8 hours

self-paced/ paper-based

Given information about an NCD health problem and a request for health-related information, you will be able to:

  1. Determine who needs the information and what question(s) they are asking.
  2. Determine what data you will need and what data you have to answer the question(s).
  3. Determine how to get any additional data needed.
  4. Determine the analyses you need to conduct to answer the questions with the data that you have.
  5. Create all shell tables for conducting univariable and bivariable analyses, including:
    • calculating measures of association (OR),
    • conducting confidene intervals
    • conducting statistical testing, and
    • assessing potential effect modification and confounding.

Managing Data

8 hours

self-paced/ paper-based

At the end of the training, you will be able to:

  1. Create a data dictionary that includes:
  • Variable names
  • Variable descriptions or labels
  • Variable types
  • Response options and allowable values

2.   Clean the data.

  • Identify errors, including duplications, missing data, miscodes, and outliers . 
  • Use statistical software to identify and correct errors.

Analyzing and Interpreting Large Data Sets

16 hours

self-paced/ paper-based

At the end of the training, you will

  1. Conduct and interpret descriptive analysis
  • Compute frequencies.
  • Compute descriptive statistics.
  • Interpret confidence intervals.
  • Interpret p-values.
  • Conduct stratified analysis.
  • Explain whether rates and age adjustments are needed.

2.  Conduct and interpret analytic epidemiology

  • Explain which standard epidemiologic measures are needed and make the computations.
  • Compute and interpret measures of association
    • Compute and interpret prevalence odds ratio.
  • Conduct stratified analysis.
  • Assess effect measure modification.
  • Assess the effect of potential confounders
  • Use and interpret statistical tests.
  • Identify the elements of regression equations.

Using Economic Analyses

3 hours

(2-part webinar)

  • Describe the types of economic analyses
  • List the components of a cost-benefit analysis
  • Use results of cost-benefit analyses to inform decisions about implementing public health interventions

Total estimated duration: 56 hours


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