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Continuing Professional Education

Kick-start or advance your public health career with the Dornsife School of Public Health's continuing education programs for public health and healthcare professionals.

Introduction to Public Health Course

Are you interested in studying public health but want to know more before you make an investment? Register for the Dornsife School of Public Health’s non-credit "Foundations of Public Health" course.

Th course provides a broad introduction to public health, as well as an understanding of how specialized health research contributes to achieving the goals of public health.

It consists of short videos taught by Dornsife faculty members Jerry Fagliano, PhD, MPH, Associate Clinical Professor and Chair of Environmental and Occupational Health Department; Jennifer Kolker, MPH, Clinical Professor in the Health Management and Policy Department and Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and External Relations; and Alexis Roth, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor in the Community Health and Prevention Department.

This course is specifically designed to meet the CEPH Foundational Public Health Knowledge requirement.

Cost: $350
Length of Training: 10 hours, self-paced modules
Learning Level: Introductory
Requirements: High-speed internet connection, a computer that can stream videos, and purchase of a textbook
Intended Audience: This training is appropriate for current and future public health practitioners with varying professional experiences and diverse educational backgrounds. This training also meets the CEPH Foundational Public Health Knowledge requirement.

Register for Foundations of Public Health


Free Introduction to Public Health Module

Register for Module 1 for free to test out the "Foundations of Public Health" Course.

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Public Health Leadership Learning Pathway

Online courses in public health leadership, communication and project management earn CEU or CPH credit. This program is offered in collaboration with Drexel's Goodwin College of Professional Studies.

Dornsife’s Public Health Leadership Learning Pathway is a professional development program that can be completed in seven months and consists of the following courses:

  • Project Management workshop (online)
  • Public Health Leadership course (online)
  • Public Health Communication course (online)
  • 6 self-paced electives (online)

The program is for public health practitioners, project managers, and career changers who wish to master the concepts of public health leadership and develop skills in a field that is continuously evolving.

Some settings where trained public health leaders work include government & public health agencies, hospital administration, pharmaceutical corporations, and health care advocacy organizations.

The two main courses are taught by experienced public health experts from Dornsife.

Every student will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the Public Health Leadership Learning Pathway.

Public Health Leadership Learning Pathway Curriculum

Program Cost: $3,400.00
This is a 15% discount off individual courses.

Required Courses

Practical Project Management Workshop

Format: Online, 2-day workshop, synchronous
Continuing Education Credits*: 1.6 CEU or 16 CPH

Practical Project Management is a 14-hour bootcamp that teaches innovative project management concepts and techniques. This training builds upon the competencies presented in PMI®'s internationally recognized A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), providing proven methods to enable and enhance traditional management approaches. By focusing on these high-return concepts and tools, you will expand your knowledge and skills, becoming an advanced project leader ready to succeed in real-world initiatives.

Whether you’re a full-time project manager or have a fundamental understanding of project management, this course helps you gain a better understanding of the latest trends and best practices to improve job performance and growth opportunities.

Upon completion of the course, you will:

  • Gain a fundamental understanding of project management
  • Learn and practice core and advanced project management tools and approaches above and beyond those taught in traditional Project Management Professional (PMP®) classes
  • Supplement your current talents and skills to prepare you for greater responsibilities and growth

Note: This course was planned for in-person delivery, but it was moved online in response to COVID-19.


Public Health Leadership Course

Format: Online, Asynchronous, 4 weeks
Time Commitment: 3-4 hours/week
Continuing Education Credits*: 1.6 CEU or 16 CPH

This training will introduce students to the concepts of public health leadership including distinctions between leadership and management. It will explore leadership theory and how that relates specifically to public health leadership. It will provide students with examples of leading through crisis, diversity in leadership, and leadership in action.

This training is a 4-week, online asynchronous training. Students will access the course through our learning management system, Blackboard. There they will find videos, readings, and activities related to the course. Students should expect to submit small activities and assessments to the instructor who will provide feedback.

Upon completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Describe and discuss the characteristics of leadership in addressing public health challenges
  • Describe the differences between management and leadership in addressing public health challenges
  • Discuss historical examples of leadership
  • Explain the importance of diversity in leadership

Effective Public Health Communication Course

Format: Online, Asynchronous, 4 Weeks
Time Commitment: 3-4 hours/week
Continuing Education Credits*: 1.6 CEU or 16 CPH

Clear and effective communication is a fundamental component to public health practice.

Providing audiences with targeted, clear, and actionable information is essential to increasing knowledge, helping audiences understand risk, and encouraging healthy behaviors.

Using theory and practice, this online, asynchronous workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to apply evidence-based tools to generate effective health messages for a variety of audiences.

Upon completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Discuss the challenges to communicating health and risk messages and use best practices to overcome these challenges
  • Describe how relevant health and risk communication theories can inform message development
  • Apply evidenced-based tools, including message mapping and the Clear Communication Index, to develop and evaluate clear, concise, targeted messaging to specific audiences
  • Develop a communication strategy to reach your organization’s key audiences with effective health messages

Elective Courses

Format: Online, Self-Paced
Time Commitment: 3 hours each
Continuing Education Credits*: .3 CEU or 3 CPH

The elective courses are offered online and are self-paced. Students may choose up to 6 elective courses. Students will have 90 days to complete the self-paced courses.

Effectively Managing Project Stakeholders

Understand and resolve issues that can emerge from interactions among project stakeholders all while refining your ability to effectively manage and interact with project constituents.

Emotional Intelligence for Project Managers

Discover the underlying concepts of emotional intelligence—the ability to identify and control our emotions to achieve positive outcomes in our relationships—and learn how you can improve, and make use of, your emotional intelligence in the workplace.

Ethics for Project Managers

Review the major ethical issues facing project managers and look into the specific challenges project leaders may confront as you deal with team members, vendors, stakeholders and sponsors.

PM Primer: Cognitive Ability and Decisiveness

Expand your essential skills by applying effective cognitive ability and decision-making skills — so you make efficient choices that will help in dealing with uncertainties and align work with expectations to lead your team to a successful result.

PM Primer: Conflict Resolution

Learn to recognize the triggers that signal conflict and intervene as early as possible, to prevent problems from shifting focus away from work and to ensure that project participants interact professionally as they meet their responsibilities and execute their roles.

Public Health History

Learn the history of the public health profession including how population growth effected public health, the history of human’s understanding of disease causation, and the bacterial revolution. Taught by Dornsife faculty.

Public Policy and Advocacy

Learn the different roles of local, state, and federal government in making health policy, and the role of advocacy in the policy-making process. Taught by Dornsife faculty.

Overview of the U.S. Public Health System

This training gives participants an overview of the U.S. Health System. It covers how it is organized and the major healthcare delivery systems. Students will also discuss the different financing systems in U.S. health care with a focus on Medicare and Medicaid. Taught by Dornsife facullty.

Request More Information

Request more information online or contact:

Melissa Kauffman
Director of Academic Innovation
Dornsife School of Public Health
Email: mjk397@drexel.edu

* A note about Continuing Education Credits:

CEU credits are a nationally recognized unit of continuing education measurement that is required for various professions and licenses to practice.

CPH credits are required for Public Health Professionals who hold a Certificate of Public Health from the National Board of Public Health Examiners. All CPH must report at least 50 recertification credits every two years.


Learn more about the full range of continuing education programs offered by Drexel’s Goodwin College of Professional Studies.