Orientation to LPH in MA

Training Overview

  • Audience: Anyone interested in learning how public health services are delivered in Massachusetts
  • Format: Online, self-paced
  • Price: Free
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Credential(s) eligible for contact hours: Massachusetts CHO, RS, RN
  • Learning level: Awareness
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Companion training: Public Health Law and Legal Issues in Massachusetts
  • Supplemental materials:

In Massachusetts, there are 351 cities and towns, each with its own board of health or health department. Their primary mission is to support community wellness and to prevent hazards and illness from spreading through the community. This training is an orientation to the public health system in Massachusetts and summarizes the critical responsibilities of a local board of health (LBOH) in Massachusetts.

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What you’ll learn

After completing this training, you will be able to:

  • Define public health according to the CDC Foundation
  • Identify the department and division that provide the framework of the national public health system
  • List the five goals of Healthy People 2030 and the three core functions of public health
  • Give examples of the 10 Essential Public Health Services
  • Describe the public health system and legal authority for public health laws and regulations in Massachusetts
  • Explain LBOH options for governance and staffing
  • Summarize the activities of major LBOH program areas

Subject Matter Experts

  • Kathleen MacVarish
    Associate Professor of the Practice
    Boston University School of Public Health


This training was supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) with funds made available by the Cooperative Agreement Number TP921913, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.
This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP27877 “Regional Public Health Training Center Program.” This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.