The LPHI offers two different certificates:
The Emergency Preparedness Training Certificate is produced by the Local Public Health Institute of Massachusetts, in conjunction with the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management (OPEM) of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Who Should Participate?
The Emergency Preparedness Certificate has been developed for staff and volunteers from municipal or state agencies across Massachusetts who are responsible for public health emergency preparedness and response activities.
Candidates may include, but are not limited to: Board of Health or other governing body members, Municipal Compliance Officers or Sanitarians, Emergency Preparedness Coordinators, Environmental Health Inspectors, Sanitarians, or Specialists, Health Agents, Health Directors or Commissioners, Health Inspectors, and Public Health Nurses
How it Works
The Certificate is a bundle of 15 individual trainings that cover a wide breadth of Emergency Preparedness topics. All required trainings are available on-line, 24/7, and can be taken at the candidate’s own pace. Follow the EP Certificate Requirements Overview link to see a copy of the training requirements. If a candidate has completed one of the required trainings within 5 years, they need not take the training again – submission of their previous certificate will be accepted. The majority of the courses are hosted by the LPHI, but some are hosted by other organizations including the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Once all individual criteria have been completed and verified, you will be given access to the culminating exam.
Enrollment is free, and available by going to the EP Training Certificate Enrollment page. If you do not have a registration for this new Learning Management System, you will need to create one.
This certificate is recommended for staff and board members of local boards of health or health departments who are new to the field of governmental public health, lack formal public health education, or want a refresher.
Who Should Participate?
LPHI Training Certificates are intended for Massachusetts public health professionals from municipal or state agencies responsible for health promotion and disease prevention activities, including enforcement of health and environmental regulations.
Candidates may include, but are not limited to Board of Health or other governing body members, Municipal Compliance Officers or Sanitarians, Emergency Preparedness Coordinators, Environmental Health Inspectors, Sanitarians, or Specialists, Health Agents, Health Directors or Commissioners, Health Inspectors, and Public Health Nurses
How it Works
A Public Health Core certificate can be obtained by completing the designated set of LPHI On Your Time modules shown below. You must complete all modules within five years of application and receive a passing score of at least 90% on each module.
Start by completing the following modules.
- 1. Orientation to Local Public Health in Massachusetts
- 2. Public Health Law and Legal Issues in Massachusetts
- 3. Emergency Preparedness in Massachusetts – Local Board of Health Role
THEN complete the following modules in any order.
- Food Protection Programs for Regulators
- Housing Programs for Regulators
- Nuisance Control Abatement and Removal
- Infectious Disease Case Management
- Health Promotion and Health Equity
- Immunizations and Vaccine Management in Massachusetts
- Surveillance of Infectious Diseases
To see your progress on completion of the module, go to the LPHI Login/Register page. After logging in, you should click on option 3 to see your certificate checklist which will show you what modules you have completed, and the score on each. A check means you have achieved 90% or greater on the post test. Any score that is not 90% or greater will mean you must re-take the post test for that module.