APHO Public Health Information and Intelligence Course
In 2008, the Department of Health commissioned the Association of Public Health Observatories (APHO) to develop a public health intelligence training course covering knowledge and skills up to level 6 of the Public Health Skills and Careers Framework. The course was piloted in two regions in 2008. The content of the basic course is outlined below.
- Background and context
- Public health intelligence basics: data sources
- Basic statistics and analytic techniques
- Applied public health intelligence
- Bringing it all together: the effective analyst
What is public health?; what is public health intelligence?; patterns of health and disease; connections between health and wealth.
Denominators (populations) and geography; commonly-used data sources; primary care and other specialist data sources; health service activity; lifestyle data sources.
Using and manipulating data to describe population health; measures of uncertainty and small number issues.
Partnership working; local area agreements; tools to support the planning process — joint strategic needs assessment, health needs assessment, health equity audit, health impact assessment; evaluation.
Presenting data; interpretation; technical writing; summarising information for different audiences; communicating and influencing.
APHO is developing and updating the course on an ongoing basis. Teaching materials from the latest version of the course can be accessed here.
Further topics covered in courses and CPD programmes delivered by regional public health observatories include:
- Further statistics
- Geographical Information Systems
- Finding the Evidence
Quantifying health inequalities; prevalence modelling; trend analysis and forecasting; statistical process control; calculating life expectancy; survival analysis.
The principles and practice of surveys and qualitative methods and their use in public health intelligence work.
Basic GIS techniques and their application; the principles and practice of spatial methods and their use in public health intelligence work; geodemographic segmentation
Where research evidence is found, how it is accessed, efficient methods of searching, appraising the literature.
Please contact your regional public health observatory for further information.