Pennsylvania Public Health Training Center (PA-PHTC)

PA-PHTC is a collaboration of two schools of public health, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and the Drexel University School of Public Health.  PA-PHTC also partners with the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford's Center for Rural Health Practice.  The purpose of the PHTCs nationally is to improve the nation's public health system by strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership competence of the current and future public health workforce.

The purpose of PA-PHTC is to improve the performance effectiveness of the public health system in Pennsylvania by enhancing the competencies of public health workers to carry out the essential public health services.  PA-PHTC delivers training to public health workers and public health organizations, contributes to the national PHTC Network, sponsors student field placements, and conducts collaborative academic-practice projects.  PA-PHTC applies an iterative training cycle to activities designed to produce measurable impacts.  The training cycle has four components: 

  1. Needs assessment based on competencies or other performance-based frameworks.
  2. Curriculum developed to meet the identified needs.
  3. Delivery of content through effective modalities and technologies.
  4. Evaluation to measure learning and to inform subsequent needs assessment, curriculum, and delivery methods.

PA-PHTC's activities yields measurable impacts at three levels:  primary (individual trainee), secondary (organizational), and tertiary (community health outcome).  PA-PHTC follows the training cycle in activities designed for primary and secondary impact, and adapts the cycle for activities designed for tertiary impact.

The Center for Rural Health Practice at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford is currently offering the following trainings in northwestern Pennsylvania:

  • Basic Epidemiology for Public Health Professionals 
  • Pathophysiology of Diabetes and Prevention 
  • Rural Health Leadership 
  • Understanding Stroke and Prevention 
  • Understanding Heart Disease and Prevention 
  • Understanding Risk Behaviors of Heart Disease 
  • Grant Writing Basics 

To learn more about these trainings please visit the Division of Continuing Education and Regional Development (CE&RD) and Conference Services Summer 2012 Coursebook, here

 *If you would like to register for any of these trainings, there are three easy ways to do so.  You can register via phone by calling CE&RD at 814-362-5078 or 1-800-872-1787.  You can mail your completed CE&RD Registration Form to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Division of Continuing Education and Regional Development, 300 Campus Drive, Bradford, PA 16701.  Or you can fax your completed CE&RD Registration Form to 814-362-0914. 

PA-PHTCLogo The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and the Drexel University School of Public Health also offer a variety of public health trainings.  Please visit their website, to learn more about these valuable opportunities.