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Workforce development opportunities

The MDH Center for Public Health Practice works with many partners to assess and monitor workforce needs, and to develop and share workforce development resources, to build a strong and resilient state and local public health workforce in Minnesota.

Resources, tools, and training
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Resources, tools, and training

Region V Public Health Training Center courses

Region V seeks to advance the skills of the current and future public health workforce to improve population health outcomes. Region V provides a number of free, self-paced training sessions online to develop public health workforce core competencies in health equity, sustaining partnerships, evaluation, the intersection between public health and health care, and more. Featured trainings include:

Find more sessions at Region V Public Health Training Center: Training gateway, and sign up for the Region V newsletter at Region V: Enewsletter.

MDH Center for Public Health Practice webinars and resources

PHN residency for new graduates

More information coming soon.



Public health workforce assessment: Local public health and higher education in Minnesota, 2019 (PDF), August 2019. MDH engaged with local public health and Minnesota colleges and universities to identify current and future public health workforce needs and challenges in Minnesota, and understand how to create new pathways for public health careers. Next steps:

  • Meet with planning team throughout 2020
  • Develop action plan to address priority areas identified by the planning team

Planning team includes representatives from MDH, local public health, higher education institutions, and other partners (AMC, LPHA, MPHA, Henry Street Consortium, and Central Region Education and Practice Group.

The public health nurse workforce in Minnesota: Making informed decisions about hiring public health nurses and other professionals (PDF), January 2020. Public health nurses are an integral part of governmental public health work in Minnesota. Hiring and retaining public health nurses, particularly in local health departments, is challenging for a number of reasons. This report seeks to distinguish positions that must be filled by a public health nurse from those that may be filled by other professionals like social workers, health educators, and community health workers.

Making connections with public health colleagues: Find a local health department, post a job or event to the CHS Mailbag, and update your information in the CHB contact database.

Health equity in public health practice: Health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to attain their health potential, and no one is unjustly kept from achieving this potential. The work to advance health equity is in direct line with the history of local health departments acting as a key force with their communities to shape the conditions for population health.


This work is partially funded by the following:

  • PHHS Preventive Block Grant No. 2B01DP009029-10; the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through John Snow, Inc. (JSI), July 2011-June 2012; and Cooperative Agreement Number CD10-1011 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of any of the above funding organizations.
  • Region V Public Health Training Center