South Central Public Health Training Center

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Training Catalog - links to Conferences, Online Courses, and Webcasts

The specific purpose of the South Central Public Health Training Center (SCPHTC) is to strengthen the technical, managerial, and leadership competence of the current public health workforce and to advance the knowledge and skills of the future public health workforce.  Training topic areas center on competency-based, practice-focused courses addressing core functions and essential services; all trainings are based on formal training needs assessments in the south central region.  Key activities of the Center include development and delivery of courses on-site or through a variety of distance delivery modalities; needs assessments that inform the choices of training topics; and an extensive evaluation program for both curricula and the Center as a whole.  An Advisory Board of leaders from the agencies and participating universities (Tulane and UAB SPH) supports the Center’s programs.
The South Central Public Health Training Center is housed at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, LA.  The target audience of the Center consists of practicing public health professionals in state/local health agencies in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.  The Center also addresses the training needs of public health practitioners nationwide.
The South Central PHTC currently offers a Leadership Communication Certificate Program. The certificate program is designed to strengthen written and oral communication skills that are crucial for any leader or manager in the public health setting. It is designed to refresh and refine the communication skills necessary to succeed in today’s fast-paced and stressful public health environment. The certificate programs focuses on negotiation, conflict resolution, writing techniques, presentations skills, indirect communication styles, and the use of the media in times of disaster.
The training programs developed by the South Central PHTC reflect current topics and changing needs within the region and nation.  For example, due to the impact of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill on state and local partners, the Center provided just-in-time training to public health workers in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.  The Center has also developed additional trainings related to the environmental and public health impact of the oil spill.
The SCPHTC is currently collaborating with three other HRSA funded programs:  the Maternal and Child Health Leadership and Education Training Programs (MCHLETP) at Tulane and UAB to identify course bundles in management, leadership, and communications; the Louisiana Primary Care Association to create courses on population-based training for primary care clinicians; and the Preventive Medicine Residency Program for Tulane medical residents.
Each year, the SCPHTC works closely with state and local partners to provide field placement (internships) opportunities in Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs) for graduate level public health students.  Visit our Internship page to learn more.
The South Central PHTC utilizes a Learning Management System for web-based course delivery and a state-of-the-art satellite broadcast system to reach both urban and rural public health workers. Courses are delivered in short segments, allowing participants to make regular progress with little time invested each day. Evaluations have demonstrated consistently high marks from participants with respect to content, instructor effectiveness, and the distant learning format.

Number of Trainings: 72 (All accessible via online learning)
Number of People Trained: 67,693

Trainees' Places of Employment: A majority of our learners come from state and local health departments.
Partnerships with: Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi

Principal Investigator: LuAnn E. White, PhD, DABT

Co-Principal Investigator:  Ann C. Anderson, PhD
Program Coordinators: Laurita Santacaterina; Awesta Nawabi
Address: 1440 Canal Street, Suite 2400, New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-5397 
Fax: (504) 988-5718


The South Central Public Health Training Center is one of 37 Public Health Training Centers across the nation funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant UB6HP20201 to provide fundamental training to the public health workforce.  Visit the National PHTC Network Distance Education Center, a searchable database of distance-accessible trainings offered by the PHTCs, for additional training opportunities.