PH Workforce Protection

Training Overview

Local public health professionals can encounter illness on a daily basis. Usually they are not at any greater risk of exposure to infectious disease than any other member of the general public. However, there are times when public health professionals interact with people in their home, workplace, or other community setting that may put them at risk of contracting a communicable disease.
This training will provide a basic review of disease transmission and infection control principles. It will discuss and demonstrate proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Prevention measures and behaviors that reduce exposure to infectious disease will also be covered. The goal of this training is to educate health care professionals so they can protect themselves, their family, and their community from exposure to, and transmission of, infectious diseases.

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What you’ll learn

After completing this training, you will be able to:

  • Explain what infectious diseases and bloodborne pathogens are
  • Describe six routes of transmission of infectious diseases
  • Distinguish between standard and transmission-based precautions
  • State when you should practice hand hygiene and when you should wear appropriate respiratory protection
  • Select and use the proper PPE to prevent the spread of infectious disease in a healthcare setting
  • Give four examples of ways to promote workplace and community safety

Subject Matter Experts

  • Massachusetts Department 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 UB6HP20150 “Public Health Training Center”. 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.