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SMDP Instructional Materials

CDC provides free of charge a wide range of instructional materials based on tested adult learning principles. These materials are designed to support reliable, high quality classroom instruction that can be adapted for local needs. Each topic begins with clear learning objectives and a description of the intended audience, which can help training course planners design the appropriate curriculum. The materials can stand alone as workshops or be incorporated into a curriculum for building public health management capacity at a variety of management levels.

To request materials, please visit the TEPHINET (Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Network) homepage where you can log in and find all materials in the online library.

If you were a member of our MIPH community site where the materials were previously available, you should have received an email regarding the transfer of your membership from MIPH to TEPHINET. Please follow the instructions provided in that email to gain access to the TEPHINET library and all the course materials.

If you were not a member of the MIPH site or you have forgotten your login information, please visit the TEPHINET homepage to register as a member. You can only view and download course materials from the library when you are signed in to the site. Registration for TEPHINET is free.

Instructional Materials

Participant Workbook – The workbook supports the classroom experience by providing key information and worksheets to facilitate class activities. It includes summaries and supplemental information to assist participants when they practice new skills in their workplace.

Facilitators Guide
– The guide is designed to provide the materials and direction to successfully deliver the course. The guide includes instructions of what to say and do during the course, as well as materials to help prepare for and conclude the course. It assumes functional proficiency in the subject matter, and includes a Resources section for further research into the topic.

MS® PowerPoint
– The PowerPoint presentations guide the explanation of concepts and facilitate exercises. Speaker notes which are recorded in the facilitator guide are also documented on the slides. As participant workbooks already contain the key points covered in the slides, printing the PowerPoint as a class handout is not necessary.

Reference Materials
- These include supportive materials such as reference cards or topical journal articles that are included with some courses. Instructors may refer to the Facilitator Guide for direction on when and how to distribute these materials.


Advocacy This course enables managers to work more effectively as advocates for public health programs, focusing on the following outcomes: writing an ‘elevator‘ speech, identifying partners to increase program success, identifying sources for public health funding, and development of an advocacy workplan.

Conflict Management This course addresses how to deal effectively with conflict through analysis of the cause of the conflict and selection of the most appropriate responses to resolve it. Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to identify causes of conflict and select appropriate techniques to defuse emotional situations.

Effective Training From Start to Finish By the end of this workshop participants will be able to: describe the five components of successful training, identify the three major types of learners, use learning objectives to focus training, use techniques to help the learners get the most out of class, and use evaluation tools to measure the effectiveness of training.

Healthy Plan-it This course is being revised and will be available later in 2011.

Introduction to Leadership The goal of this course is to enable participants to work more effectively as leaders of a public health program. This introductory workshop will enable participants to begin reflecting on their role as leaders. By the end of this course, participants will be able to: explain the role of the leader in setting the tone of the work environment, identify the factors which motivate others to follow a leader, and explain the importance of effective communication with teams and work units.

Performance Management The goal of this course is to provide participants with a variety of tools and techniques to help them better manage their staff. When participants complete this course they will be able to: develop a positive work environment that encourages high performance, align and motivate work teams to a common purpose, adapt management style based on individual needs, set and communicate clear expectations and objectives, provide effective and timely feedback to both reinforce and improve performance, address behavioral and performance problems with employees in a constructive way, and conduct a performance appraisal.

Presentation Skills The goal of this course is to enable participants to improve their skills in public speaking. When participants complete this session they will be able to apply the following techniques effectively in public speaking situations: pausing and breathing, eye contact, stance, gestures, vocal variety, and extemporaneous speaking.

Process Improvement This workshop introduces tools and techniques to improve work processes in a public health organization or system. When participants complete this workshop they will be able to: define a process, measure process performance, analyze causes of variation, generate and plan improvement ideas, implement changes, study the results of changes, and act according to the results of the study.

Project Management The goal of this course is to enable participants to use internationally-recognized processes and tools that support quality management of public health projects. When participants complete this course they will be able to: write a project agreement, generate a work breakdown structure, develop a network diagram and schedule, track and manage the project, and close-out and conduct post project reviews to ensure continuous learning.

Strategic Communication Strategic communication is the process of planning and using communication resources in ways that intentionally and effectively support organizational objectives. This workshop reviews concepts that will help participants and their organization communicate more strategically. Participants will learn how to differentiate between communication strategies and tactics, apply criteria to prioritize communication audiences, identify how audience research can be used to develop communication strategy, conduct a communication audit, and design a strategic communication plan for their organization or program.

Team Building The goal of this course is to enable participants to work more effectively as team members or team leaders. When participants complete this course they will be able to: describe the importance of effectively functioning teams as an essential element to successful public health programs, describe how to create more effective working relationships among team members, articulate methods for creating positive and productive team agreements and norms, select specific skills and tools to create alignment within diverse teams, and choose effective responses to resolve common problem behaviors present in teams.

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  • Page last updated: April 7, 2011
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