Public Health Practice Modules

OPI Public Health Nurse Consultants

These training sessions are designed for new public health workers, but are applicable to all who want a review of public health practice theory and frameworks.

Each module is less than one hour. Modules can be watched together or separately. Upon completion, MDH can offer nursing CEUs.

Module Topics

  1. Theories, Authorities, and Frameworks that Define Public Health
  2. Minnesota's Public Health System
  3. Public Health Interventions: Practice-Based and Evidence-Supported [The Intervention Wheel]
  4. Overview of Public Health Nursing

Registration

  1. Select a module below
  2. Download the module's handouts and materials
  3. View the training video
  4. Complete an evaluation in order to receive CEUs

1. Theories, Authorities, and Frameworks that Define Public Health

Upon completion of this module, the participant will be able to:

  1. Define public health
  2. Understand the basic governmental authorities of public health
  3. Describe the following terms that national and state groups use to talk about the work of public health: core functions, ten essential services, areas of public health responsibility, essential local activities
  4. Relate the principles of public health to her/his department's program activities
  5. Compare and contrast the value structure of public health to that of market justice

Register: Theories, Authorities, and Frameworks that Define Public Health


2. Minnesota's Public Health System

Upon completion of this module, the participant will have an introductory understanding of:

  1. The Minnesota Local Public Health Act, the statute that sets out how public health is done in Minnesota
  2. The Local Public Health Assessment & Planning Process
  3. The reporting system related to the areas of responsibility and essential local activities

Register: Minnesota's Public Health System


3. Public Health Interventions: Practice-Based and Evidence-Supported [The Intervention Wheel]

Upon completion of this module, the participant will be able to:

  1. Define the interventions utilized by practitioners in public health practice
  2. Describe examples of the implementation of the public health interventions with communities, individuals, and families within those communities, and the systems that impact the health of the communities
  3. Identify the interventions and levels of practice most commonly utilized in their own practice

Register: Public Health Interventions: Practice-Based and Evidence-Supported [The Intervention Wheel]


4. Overview of Public Health Nursing

Also applicable to non-nurses.

At the end of this module, the participant will be able to:

  1. Link the healthy and social issues of the past and beginnings of public health nursing with the current issues faced today in public health
  2. Identify the origins and the foundations of the Cornerstones of Public Health Nursing
  3. List key features of the Minnesota Nurse Practice Act as it related to the practice of public health nursing
  4. Apply the Code of Ethics for Nurses and Public Health Principles to dilemmas encountered in public health nursing.

Register: Overview of Public Health Nursing