Environmental Public Health Tracking 101


Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) is the ongoing collection, integration, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of data on environmental hazards, exposures to those hazards, and health effects that may be related to the exposures. The goal of tracking is to provide information that can be used to plan, apply, and evaluate actions to prevent and control environmentally related diseases. For decades, the United States has faced a fundamental gap in knowing how environmental contaminants affect peopleís health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working to close this gap by improving surveillance through the Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (Tracking Network). The Tracking Network is a dynamic Web-based tool that tracks and reports environmental hazards and the health problems that may be related to them.


This course, Environmental Public Health Tracking 101, gives an overview of the major components of Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT). The course is divided into 12 modules within 3 sections. Each module focuses on a different subject. You may choose to take as many of the modules as you like, in any order.  After completion of all tracks within a section and then taking the online quizzes, you can download your course certificate for NEHA Approved CE Credits. In addition, continuing education for health educators and nurses are available from CDC free of charge.


Module 1†††††††††††† -††††††††††††† Introduction

Module 2†††††††††††† -††††††††††††† CDCís National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program

Module 3†††††††††††† -††††††††††††† CDCís National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network

Module 4†††††††††††† -††††††††††††† The Basics of Public Health Surveillance

Module 5†††††††††††† -††††††††††††† Introduction to Epidemiology

Module 6†††††††††††† -††††††††††††† Environmental Hazard Data

Module 7†††††††††††† -††††††††††††† Introduction to Biomonitoring

Module 8†††††††††††† -††††††††††††† Basics of Health Effects Data

Module 9†††††††††††† -††††††††††††† Environmental Public Health Indicators

Module 10††††††††† -††††††††††††† Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Module 11††††††††† -††††††††††††† Policy and Practice

Module 12††††††††† -††††††††††††† Communication