$50 – $3,000

Governance in Action for Public Health

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Looking for training for your board of health? Governance in Action for Public Health is for you.


That boards of health bring together leaders from across disciplines is one of their greatest strengths. For this reason, ensuring they have a shared understanding of public health concepts will enable them to most effectively draw upon their expertise to impact population health strategies and outcomes.

This 7-module course will provide new board members with an orientation to the field of public health and initial strategies for population health improvement.


The course draws upon the National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH) Six Functions of Public Health Governance, and includes modules with short recorded segments (10-15 minutes each), examples from the field, optional discussion topics, and suggested resources. The modules are as follows:

  • Public Health: A Primer - Part A
  • Public Health: A Primer - Part B
  • Operating as a Board of Health
  • Financing Public Health
  • Contributing to Health Equity
  • Partnerships to Improve Health Outcomes
  • Supporting Population Health through Policy and Advocacy

For details about module objectives and some screenshots of the course website, download this pdf.

Implementation Options

Choose the method that will work best for your board:

  • Viewing and discussing 1-2 modules at each of your regular board meetings over time
  • Holding special group viewing sessions dedicated to this training
  • Ask your board members to participate in the online course independently

Requirements for Completion

Although you have the option to register and participate in the course at the board level, we track course participation for each individual. To receive a certificate of completion, each course participant must:

  • Be registered for the course
  • View all 7 modules, whether individually or in a group setting
  • Pass a post-quiz following each module (7 total)
  • Complete a single evaluation at the end of the course

Process for Obtaining Access - Click the "Register" button at the top of this page to get started!

Governance in Action for Public Health is housed in the Canvas learning management system. Upon receiving your registration, each individual will be added to the course site by Michigan Public Health Training Center staff. Please allow two business days to receive access to the material. You will then be prompted to create a University of Michigan Friends Account password in order to login to the course site, using the same email provided at registration. At that point, you will have access to the web-based videos and resource documents. The course quizzes and evaluation are found within the Canvas site. Please use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as your web browser. We also recommend a hardwired internet connection for best performance.


Contact Phoebe Goldberg, Program Manager, at mphtc@umich.edu or 734-615-9439.

Governance in Action for Public Health was developed by the Michigan Public Health Training Center at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in partnership with the Michigan Public Health Institute. We are pleased to partner with the National Association of Local Boards of Health to offer this training nationally.

The project described was supported by Grant Number UB6HP20200 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) from 2010-2015. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HRSA, the Department of Health and Human Services, or the US Government.

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