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A skilled public health workforce is essential to the effective delivery of public health services at the local level. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health works with statewide and regional public health professional associations, academic partners, and other training providers to promote and advance the catalog of training and continuing education offerings for local public health staff and board of health members.

In its 2006 report, Strengthening Local Public Health in Massachusetts: A Call to Action, the Massachusetts Coalition for Local Public Health (CLPH) recommended “strengthen(ing) workforce development and competency through increased training opportunities for local boards of health and staff and through the development of minimum educational levels and credentialing for certain positions”. Since that report, the catalog of conferences, training programs, seminars, and webinars and other online training available to local public health professionals has grown significantly.

The Local Public Health Institute of Massachusetts Competency Report (2010) identified inter-disciplinary, cross-cutting competencies and program area competencies for the local public health workforce. These competencies have guided the development and delivery of training programs for the local public health workforce.

Training opportunities include those offered by the member organizations of the Coalition for Local Public Health, the Local Public Health Institute of Massachusetts (LPHI), and others. The LPHI at the Boston University School of Public Health is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to strengthen the public health and preparedness capacity of the local public health workforce. A full list of LPHI training offerings can be found on the Institute web site.

To learn more about training opportunities available through CLPH member organizations, visit their web sites:

In Western Massachusetts, the Western Massachusetts Public Health Association and the Berkshire County Boards of Health Association provide training and continuing education programs for local public health officials.

Massachusetts is home to a large number of colleges and universities that are conducting groundbreaking research on important public health issues, as well as training the public health workforce of the future. DPH is currently working to coordinate our partnerships with these colleges and universities in order to promote public health as a profession; create meaningful student experiences; enhance capabilities of current staff; and optimize public health research and practice through the Academic Partnership Team.

This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.