Workforce Development

In addition to its undergraduate and graduate programs, the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health is engaged with statewide academic and community partners in workforce development activities. This partnership, the Wisconsin Center for Public Health Education and Training (WiCPHET) Academic Programs Council, includes five academic institutions, two professional associations, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health, as listed below:

  • Medical College of Wisconsin, Master of Public Health Program
  • University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, Department of Health Education and Health Promotion
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Master of Public Health Program
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health
  • Carroll University, Undergraduate Public Health Program
  • Wisconsin Public Health Association (WPHA)
  • Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards (WALHDAB)
  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services Division of Public Health, Office of Policy and Practice Alignment

UW-Madison is the convening partner.

Together the partners collaborated on a public health workforce development needs assessment in 2018 and offered a series of continuing education opportunities on leadership in 2019. Among the offerings was the Elevating Your Leadership Skills podcast, an eight-part series that featured speakers addressing each of the seven Community Health Strategist practices from Public Health 3.0.

The WiCPHET partners are repeating the workforce needs assessment in 2020 as well as planning additional continuing education offerings. Check back here for additional information and education opportunities in the coming months!

In the meantime, the WiCPHET website has modules on health equity and population health. The social justice modules in the Health Equity tab were initially developed in 2008 as a course by Drs. Alice Yan and Renee Walker from the Zilber School with funding from WiCPHET and updated with their input.

The Region V Public Health Training Center (PHTC) housed at the University of Michigan School of Public Health is another resource for professional development available to the broader school community. With funding from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the University of Michigan coordinates the Region V Great Lakes Public Health Training Collaborative and works with the national Public Health Learning Network. Areas of expertise for this region include: behavioral health, rural health, tribal health, and health equity. Among the Region V community-based training partners is the University of Wisconsin Madison Population Health Institute through their Health Equity Practice Initiatives.

See the Region V Michigan PHTC website for the Training Gateway link, which lists a number of free continuing education modules on a range of topics. For training examples, see:

Applying Systems Thinking to Public Health
Implicit Bias in Public Health Practice
Managing Change: The Essential Leadership Skill  

In the future the Zilber School hopes to join with different audiences in conjunction with its Community Advisory Board members and other community partners to offer short programs about community engagement and public health.

For additional information, please contact:

Elise Papke, mepapke@uwm.edu

Brieanna Harris, harri323@uwm.edu