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The community tool box — online courses for community health improvement

This free, eight-part series of online courses (30 to 45 minutes each) helps learners build the skills they need to support community health assessment and health improvement work.  Course titles include 1) assuring engagement in community health improvement efforts; 2) identifying community health needs and assets; 3) developing a logic model for community health improvement; 4) developing an intervention; and 5) assuring collaboration during implementation.  The series was produced by a community-university collaboration that has also created The Community Tool Box, a global resource for free information on essential skills for building healthy communities.

The online courses include interactive exercises and activities, online references (“ask an advisor”), stories of innovation from around the world, individual or group assignments, and a certificate of completion.

You can access the course at If you want to take a course, you have to sign up for a free account at the Centre for Disease Control’s training site. Then search for “community tool box.”  Click on one of the eight modules, go to the registration tab, and click “launch.”

This course was recommended as a professional development resource by an NCCDH project team reviewing online courses related to health equity and the social determinants of health for a public health audience.  To learn more about this project and other recommended courses, click here.

The Community Tool Box, Work Group for Community Health and Development (2011). Online courses for community health improvement [Online course]. Retrieved from

Tags: Assess and report, Community engagement, Intersectoral action, Knowledge translation , Leadership & capacity building, Methods & tools, Modify & orient, Link

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