Orientation to Public Health
Orientation to Public Health is a web-based course that provides learners with a basic understanding of the mission and functions of public health. Designed to orient newly hired support and technical staff to the field, the course consists of two parts:
- Part One introduces the mission and six obligations of public health.
- Part Two explains the ten essential services.
The course uses the metaphor of a new worker orientation (computer-based) to present information. By reading e-mails, completing assigned tasks, and participating in simulated desktop conferences, the learner discovers that public health is very much a part of everyday life, and learns how many different agencies work to carry out its mission.
Newly registered learners login to find a virtual "desktop" they will use to navigate through the course. Sections called "Inbox," "Documents," "Tasks," and "Conferencing" provide access to content. Course components are generated dynamically in response to the learner's progress.
As each new area is explored and tasks completed, more material is revealed. Once learners have entered the course, a "task list" appears on their desktop. This serves as a progress indicator, helping those who logout out and return at a later time to remember work they still need to complete.
As learners work through assigned tasks, they receive feedback alerts regarding how well they have understood the material presented. Upon finishing the course, they may print out a certificate of completion.
Orientation to Public Health is unique in its approach to web-based content delivery. Please let us know what you think by filling out the evaluation form at the end of the course. We look forward to your comments and suggestions for enhancements.
Estimated Time to Complete
It is estimated that the course takes one hour to complete.
The course is built to XHTML 1.1 specifications. A modern web browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox is required to view the pages.
The planners and course authors have no financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity. No commercial support has been accepted for this activity.
Employed by or in New York State?
If you are employed by NYS or a local health department in NYS, we recommend that you enroll for this course through the NYS Department of Health Learning Management System (DOH LMS).