Make Connections

The public health field continues to grow and change. Staying up to date on the latest trends in public health education and training development will help you create quality training that meets the needs of the public health community. Connect with other professionals to share best practices and advance your skillset through organizations and resources.

Connect with Professional Organizations

American Public Health Association (APHA)External. APHA connects members with shared interests to develop scientific program content and policy papers in their areas of interest or fields of practice. The Public Health Education and Health Promotion section provides professional and social networking, career development, and mentoring, as well.

National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC)External. NCHEC enhances the professional practice of health education by promoting and sustaining a credentialed body of Health Education Specialists. To meet this mission, NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice.

Public Health Learning Network (PHLN)External. PHLN aims to advance public health practice and improve population health in the United States and associated territories. The network of ten university-based regional public health training centers and over 80 community-based training partners focus on skills-based training serving communities across the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and U.S. territories.

Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)External. SOPHE is a nonprofit, independent professional association that represents a diverse membership of nearly 4,000 health education professionals and students in the United States and 25 international countries.

Connect with Professional Development Opportunities

Develop E-learning: The CDC E-learning Institute (ELI) is a 6-month online fellowship that offers access to CDC-developed materials and subject matter experts, as well as the opportunity to learn from peers in a positive, experiential environment. Applications open each Fall.

Take Online Training: The CDC Learning Connection features quality public health learning opportunities from CDC, other federal agencies, and federally funded partners. Through monthly website features, social media, and an e-newsletter, the CDC Learning Connection keeps you informed about public health trainings, including many that offer free continuing education (CE).