Professional Development: Communication Skills for Bridging Divides, an edX course

Would you like to develop practical communication skills to help build a more tolerant and inclusive worksite? Would you like to learn how to build bridges to communicate better with others who think, look, and have beliefs different from yours? Then you might consider enrolling in this free online mini-course provided by edX!

In this skills-based course, you will explore practical strategies and techniques to apply in your daily life. You will learn about the difference between dialogue, discussion, and debate; micro-affirmations; and how to be an ally.

If you are seeking to develop and practice these skills and apply them to build a more inclusive world, this course is for you. The course is also mobile-friendly.

What you’ll learn:

– Communication skills to help you engage in dialogue instead of debate
– How small but powerful acts of kindness can lead to positive behavior changes
– How to be a meaningful ally
– Strategies to bridge divides, build inclusion, and create places where everyone feels welcome

Course length: 1 week
Time involved: 1 hour
Price: Free, with a Verified Certificate available for $25
Organization: Catalyst

You can find more on this class including how to register online here.

Professional Development: Becoming a Successful Leader

Want to learn about best practices in leadership? Would you like to practice these skills in a safe class setting? Then this might be the course for you!

In this course, you will learn about leadership research and study some best practices followed by both great leaders and everyday people. In addition, you will have the opportunity to explore the empowerment, accountability, courage, and humility—key leadership skills linked to inclusive, successful teams.

Throughout this self-paced course, you will meet people like yourself who want to be the best leaders they possibly can by incorporating inclusive leadership into their work lives.

Fees: Free or add a Verified Certificate for $50
Time: 1-1.5 hours per week for 4 weeks

Find out more including how to register online here.

Professional Development: Climate Change and Health: A COEH Continuing Education Webinar

Do you want a review of the health effects of climate change? Want to hear an expert speak on this at your desk? Then this webinar hosted by The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health’s Continuing Education (COEH-CE) Program may be of interest to you!

Changes in climate and increases in the frequency of extreme climate events are predicted to adversely affect human health in a variety of ways. In this webinar Dr. Kent Pinkerton, Director of the Center for Health and the Environment at UC Davis, will provide an overview of the public health effects of climate change.

Date: Wednesday, April 5
Time: 10:30-11:30am PDT

On completion of the Climate Change and Health webinar participants will be able to:

* Outline the evidence for climate effects that can impact human health
* Identify specific health issues associated with climate change
* Distinguish specific respiratory problems likely to increase as climate change occurs

Dr. Pinkerton also serves as the Associate Director for the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, where he researches climate change impacts on agricultural health and safety. He has co-chaired symposiums on Climate Change and Global Public Health for the American and Turkish Thoracic Societies
and is co-editor of the book, Global Climate Change and Public Health published in 2014.

CE credits are available for nurses and industrial hygienists. CE requires additional registration to complete payment and evaluation to receive credit. The cost for CE credit is $30 per webinar. Directions on how to receive these are available on the registration website.

The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health’s Continuing Education (COEH-CE) Program offers high quality professional development courses for practitioners working in occupational medicine, occupational health nursing, industrial hygiene, occupational epidemiology, ergonomics, and other allied health professions in the occupational safety and health community. COEH is a collaboration of UC San Francisco’s Occupational and Environmental Medicine, UC Berkeley’s Labor Occupational Health Program, and UC Davis’ Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. Professional courses are relevant to
multidisciplinary audiences.

Professional Development: Communicating Strategically online course

Want to learn some useful communications tactics? Interested in finding ways to frame your content so that it makes sense to others? Then this free online course might be of interest to you!

Examine and learn the essential components of communication strategy in this five-week class by Purdue Universtiy. In it, you’ll review communication skills, assess the value of communication, gain confidence in your abilities, and learn ways professionals can bridge the communication gap.

Begins: January 10, 2017
Length: 5 weeks
Effort: 4-6 hours a week
Cost: free with an optional Verified Certificate available for $49

This refresher is geared toward experts (scientists, engineers, and other technical professionals) and will help them effectively communicate with non-scientists, usually management, to inform organizational decision-making.

More information including how to register is available on the edX website.

Professional Development: Mastering the Roles of Supervision

Do you want to improve your supervisory skills? Are you interested in learning more about the various roles or hats that you are required to wear? Then this free online training might be for you.

The course consists of two modules. The first module introduces the Competing Values Framework and the associated supervisor roles. At times, supervisors are called upon to fill different roles, such as director, producer, broker, innovator, mentor, facilitator, monitor, and coordinator. Each role is explained briefly, through simulated conversations with “real” supervisors. The strengths and weaknesses of each are explored.

The second module asks and answers the question, “What is mastery?” A number of self-assessment tools and interactive elements help you to chart your course to becoming the best supervisor you can be!

After completing the course, the learner will be able to:

* Describe the competing values framework.
* Identify the eight potentially conflicting roles played by supervisors.
* Prioritize roles most appropriate for a supervisor to employ given a situational challenge.
* Describe the five steps to mastery.
* Assess personal challenges, identify areas for further development and develop a plan for change.
* Describe the importance of self knowledge and assessment in understanding the impact of one’s behavior on others.

The target audience for this class is public health professionals including nurses, physicians, and health educators. The course will take about three hours to complete. This class is offered by the New York New Jersey Public Health Training Center.

Continuing education credits available:
* 2.5 Category I CECH in Health Education
* 2.5 Contact Hours in Nursing Continuing Education
* 2.5 Hours in Category One Continuing Medical Education Credit towards the AMA/PRA Physician’s Recognition Award
* 2.5 Hours in Continuing Education Credits

Professional Development: Results-Based Project Management: Monitoring and Evaluation class

Do you want to learn the basics of results-based management? Then this free online edX course might be of interest to you!

In this seven week course, you will learn how to design and implement results-based, public sector programs that optimize the use of resources. You’ll learn about the importance of monitoring systems and evaluations, the theory of the “results chain”, how to use performance indicators to measure progress, and about using evaluations to appraise the long term value and worth of a program.

When: Begins Oct. 5 and runs for 7 weeks
How much time: About 3 hours a week
cost: Free. Verified Certificate available for $49
Taught by: University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, also known as Wits University

Online registration now open.

Professional Development: Statistical Reasoning for Public Health 1: Estimation, Inference, & Interpretation

Do you work with statistics as part of your job? Could you use a refresher on some of the most commonly used methods from basic statistics? Want it with a public health lens? Then this course might be of interest to you!

In this class, you’ll learn about continuous data measures, normal distribution, binary data, time to event (survival) data, sampling distribution, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. This course was created by Johns Hopkins University. It’s taught by John McGready, PhD, an Associate Scientist in Biostatistics at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.

Dates: Sep 26-Nov 27 (8 weeks of study)
Time needed: 2-3 hours/week
Cost: Free; with a Course Certificate available for $49

You can find out more about this course by going here.

Professional Development: Bullying Prevention Training Course

Want to learn more about how to take a public health approach to bullying prevention? Then this free online course might be of interest to you.

The Bullying Prevention and Response Training and Continuing Education Online Program is broken into 6 chapters and takes a little over an hour to view. You’ll also want to give yourself at least 15 minutes to complete the post-course activities.

The course focuses on long-term community wide bullying prevention strategies. It discusses the top do’s and don’ts in addressing this public health issue, as well as common strategies to avoid.

This program offers 1.5 contact hours for CNE, 0.2 CEU’s, 2.0 CPH recertification credits, and 1.5 total Category I continuing education contact hours for CHES and/or MCHES. More information on how to qualify for any of these is available online.

Content for the website is provided by several governmental agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Department of Education, and the Department of Justice.

Professional Development: Mindful Leadership: How Emotionally Intelligent Are You at Work? a free webinar

Want to how to communicate more effectively, empathize with others (even when you disagree with them), and overcome challenges and conflicts? Learning mindful leadership techniques may help.

This free webinar taught by GovLoop will show you how mindfulness can help you develop your emotional intelligence, which may contribute to high morale, better employee engagement and increased effectiveness at your organization.

If interested, you can join this webinar on Tuesday, July 12 from 11am – Noon PT to learn.

You will:

* Learn the fundamentals of mindfulness and how it affects leadership style.
* Review tactics and tools for increasing self-awareness and emotional intelligence.
* Learn exercises to practice mindfulness and adaptive leadership.

More information and registration are available online here.

Exploring Social Determinants of Health through a Public Health Law Lens: A free webinar

The law can perpetuate negative social determinants of health, but it can also remedy them by improving social conditions, leading to better population health. Public health law addresses these concerns in various ways from providing access to safer living conditions to prohibiting discrimination.

This webinar, co-sponsored by the Network for Public Health Law and the CDC’s Public Health Law Program, will explore how the law can address social determinants of health, the ACA’s impact on health disparities through its civil rights provision, and the reduction of health disparities through increased recreational access.

When: July 14, 10-11:30am