Making TRAIN More Accessible and Easy to Use

Using an online learning management system to advance public health systems and services research

    • May 28, 2014

Dates of Project: December 2010 to June 2012

Some 50 percent of the nation’s public health workforce uses TRAIN, an online system that offers in excess of 29,000 courses. TRAIN’s database of learners could advance public health systems and services research by shedding light on the capacity of the workforce. However, investigators have not widely used TRAIN.

Description: The Public Health Foundation (PHF) took steps to make TRAIN more useful and accessible to public health researchers, employees, and administrators.

To learn about the effectiveness of the changes it made to TRAIN, the Public Health Foundation contracted with the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Systems and Services Research, based at the College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky, to conduct an external assessment of TRAIN.

Key Results

  • Project staff:

    • Created a data dictionary with information on TRAIN's structure, contents, and terminology for use by public health researchers, and posted it on TRAIN and the PHF website.
    • Compiled information from TRAIN into three datasets for use by public health researchers, and created a webinar on working with the datasets.
    • Worked with the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice (Council) to integrate the Council’s revised set of core competencies for public health professionals into TRAIN. A crosswalk was developed to assist course providers and TRAIN administrators migrate from the former set of competencies to the revised set.

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Public health researchers tap into TRAIN (online learning mgmt system) to analyze public health workforce