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An environmental scan and assessment of online learning opportunities related to health equity and social determinants of health, for public health practitioners in Canada

The NCCDH commissioned and guided this 2013 scan and assessment of online courses (in French and English) with the intent to increase public health staff awareness and use of effective e-learning opportunities related to health equity.  In addition, we wanted to contribute to a coordinated, high-quality approach to online learning across the National Collaborating Centre program.

Our consultant and writer, Jacques LeCavalier, who has over 25 years of experience in workplace education and e-learning, created the assessment tools, and conducted the scan and initial assessment of the online courses.  Our advisory group of online learning and public health specialists guided us in the scan methodology and course assessments.

This report describes our methodology: the sources we searched, the best practice screen used to determine quality, and how the final assessments were done.  This work identified 38 online courses related to the social determinants and health equity.  The quality assessment resulted in 12 recommended courses.  The report contains summary information on all 38 courses, and detailed assessment information for the 12 recommended courses.

Use this resource to:

  • Select on online course for yourself or your staff
  • Use established criteria to evaluate an online course you think could help build your, or your teams skills and knowledge about health equity
  • Find out what other organizations are doing to build their staff’s knowledge and skill about health equity work

Reference

LeCavalier, J. (2015). An environmental scan and assessment of online learning opportunities related to health equity and social determinants of health, for public health practitioners in Canada. Antigonish, NS: National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health

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Twelve recommended online courses:

Partly as a result of this research, the NCCDH is currently developing a health equity course for public health practitioners in partnership with Skills Online, a service of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Tags: Competencies & organizational standards , Key concepts, Knowledge translation , Leadership & capacity building, Methods & tools

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