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Scaling Up Evidence-Based Public Health Training


The Figure describes 5 course delivery formats: 1) Distance only, which consists of prerecorded online videos of each course module, with quizzes, optional activities, and questions for reflection. It is self-paced; participants may complete any or all modules. 2) Blended format comprising distance learning plus live web-based learning sessions. The 9 weekly online recorded lectures are supplemented with articles and reflection activities that are completed individually. Each is followed by a facilitated live web-based learning session for group processing and discussion of that week’s online module. 3) Blended format comprising distance learning plus face-to-face training. Participants complete prerequisite online modules or prerecorded sessions on select modules followed by a shorter in-person training focused on interactive portions. (Some sites also had follow up modules.) 4) Blended format comprising distance learning plus group videoconferencing. Participants view prerequisite prerecorded sessions on select modules, then attend short in-person training sessions at different locations connected by videoconferencing. Moderators, trainers, or both are available at each location. 5) In-person format only, where groups come to one location with trainers for 2 to 5 consecutive days or split across 2 to 4 weeks.

Figure. Evidence-based course alternative delivery formats.

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