Elective Training Materials

Below is a list of NCD-focused elective training materials.  They donot teach the core, required competencies, but can be given to FETP residents who have (or will have) management responsibilities or to other health professionals to build NCD capacity.   The training modules that are self-paced/ paper-based can be completed one-on-one with a mentor OR in the classroom.  The webinars will be offered by subject matter experts periodically, but can also be taught in a classroom using the PowerPoint presentations.

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


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Training Course on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems 80 hours
  • To provide an overview of the major components of a national CRVS system;
  • To describe the characteristics and functions of a civil registration system, as a source for vital statistics data;
  • To explain how to use, present, disseminate, and assess vital statistics data for health purposes; and
  • To describe ways to assess and improve civil registration and vital statistics systems.

Community Needs Assessment


7 hours

  • Plan for a community needs assessment by:
    • Identifying a community team
    • Describing the scope of the assessment
    • Listing the questions to ask
    • Selecting sites
    • Determining data collection methods or sources
    • Identifying key informants
  • Review and rate data collected from a community needs assessment.
  • Summarize data by creating sector data grids.
  • Develop and prioritize strategies for improvement.
  • Create a community action plan.


Mobilizing Community Health Workers

4 hours

  • Develop a plan for mobilizing community health workers.

Planning Programs

9 hours

  • Define a problem based on population health data, community needs, risk factors and subgroups affected
  • Plan a program to address the health problem.

Evaluating Public Health Programs



13 hours

  • Evaluate a public health program by:
    • Engaging stakeholders
    • Describing the program
    • Focusing the evaluation design
    • Gathering credible evidence
    • Justifying conclusions
    • Ensuring use and sharing lessons learned

Using Science to Inform Policy

10 hours

  • Define a specific issue and use scientific public health evidence to present data to inform policy surrounding the issue.

Total Estimated Duration: 123 hours


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