Public Health Data: Our Silent PartnerThis course, based on a video tape and workbook, was developed to improve the ability of public health professionals to understand and use data in their jobs. The video tape portrays three situational case studies that call for the use of public health data.
Module 1--Leading Causes of Death illustrates how a State health department responded to the Board of Health's concerns about teen violence by using information available from death certificates. This module utilizes counts of deaths by cause to identify leading causes of death for teens and uses rates to compare the risk of death between males and females and changes in risk over time.
Module 2--Teen Pregnancy focuses on a local health department's experience with an erroneous newspaper article about teen pregnancy. This module uses information from birth certificates, fetal death reports, and abortion reports to emphasize the difference between pregnancies and live births. The last section of this module introduces the concept of variability in numbers and rates and confidence intervals.
Module 3--Smoking and Health teams a local health department with a managed care organization to estimate the impact of smoking in their service area. The team utilizes data on smoking from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) to develop a campaign to reduce smoking. This module introduces the concepts of prevalence, relative risk, and attributable risk.
For More Information
The video tape can be ordered through the Government Printing Office (GPO) and the National Technical Information Service (NTIS):
Superintendent of Documents
National Technical Information Service
The complete set of materials video tape, workbook, Facilitator's Guide, and Student Guide can be ordered for $28.00 plus shipping and handling from the Public Health Foundation (PHS) Training Resource Center at http://bookstore.phf.org/prod100.htm or by calling 1-877-252-1200.
The workbook for Public Health Data: Our Silent Partner can be downloaded as follows.
This page last reviewed
January 11, 2007