Are you a new or experienced administrative staffer at a local Board of Health? Do you manage an administrative team?

Administrative staff play a vital (and often varied) role in protecting and promoting the health of their communities. Introduction to Local Public Health: Administrative Staff is a free, self-paced online program providing new and experienced local Board of Health administrative staff with core knowledge and skills necessary to increase the impact and efficiency of their work.

Introduction to Local Public Health: Administrative Staff includes seven courses that provide a broad understanding of the fundamentals of public health. The courses are taught by experienced local health professionals who understand the day-to-day challenges of working in a fast-paced Board of Health.

1. What is Public Health?
2. Orientation to Local Public Health in MA
3. Health Promotion and Health Equity
4. Public Health Law and Legal Issues
5. How to Hold a Public Hearing in MA
6. Ten Essential Services in Action
7. Final Topics – Foundations for Local Public Health Practice (Available only after completion of the first six self-paced trainings)

Enroll This course requires registration and there is no audit option.

Course requirements: Upon completion of 9 hours of training, with a minimum score of 80% learners will receive a certificate of completion.

Interested in learning more about key topics in public health? Download job aids. 

Training Overview

    • Audience: Administrative staff of Local Boards of Health (new and experienced)
    • Format: Online, self-paced
    • Price: Free
    • Length: 9 hours
    • Contact hours: Massachusetts CHO/RS
    • Competencies: Community/Public Health Assessment
      Legal Issues
      Cultural Competency
    • Learning level: Performance
    • Prerequisites: None

    Subject Matter Expert

    • 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 Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant 4500-1002. 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.

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