Finding relevant opportunities to earn continuing education credits and satisfy professional licensing or credentialing requirements can be difficult, particularly for those working in public health. But thanks to a new program from APHA, those offerings are now more accessible.

“There are many providers offering programs geared to those in clinical care and those requiring more technical skills,” said Annette Ferebee, MPH, who directs the professional development program at APHA. “But programs offering continuing education that address public health professionals’ competencies are fewer and farther between.”

“Programs offering continuing education that address public health professionals’ competencies are fewer and farther between.”
— Annette Ferebee, APHA

Until now, the Association has only been able to provide credits for those who attended APHA’s Annual or Midyear Meetings in person. APHA’s Center for Professional Development has just announced its first offering of year-round continuing education credits through its Online Continuing Education Program.

For a minimal fee, public health practitioners can earn up to 12.75 continuing education credits offered for selected 2012 APHA Midyear Meeting sessions. Credits can be earned by physicians (CME), nurses (CNE), health educators (CHES/MCHES), public health practitioners (CPH) and other professionals (CME for non-physicians) by listening to the recordings, passing the quiz and completing an evaluation.

Additional opportunities to earn continuing education credit through the new online program are scheduled for early 2013. Expected offerings include selected 2012 APHA Annual Meeting scientific sessions, APHA webinars and APHA-developed workshops.

“Helping educate and equip the public health workforce is a long-standing priority for APHA,” said Ferebee. “Expanding the reach of our educational programming to an online format is a natural extension of our work.”

Learn more on APHA’s continuing education pages, or contact Annette Ferebee with questions.

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