Public Health Intelligence - elearning for healthcare
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About the Public Health Intelligence programme

Through this programme, learners will be introduced to some of the basic principles of health data, information and intelligence. You will be introduced to concepts of health, definitions of public health, population measures, uncertainty and statistical significance and using this to make informed decisions and apply intelligence to gain understanding of population need.  The elearning supports the increased use of Public Health England’s (PHE) data and intelligence tools, and its wider training programmes.

These materials have been developed by PHE‘s Local Knowledge and Intelligence Service to support the classroom-based foundation and intermediate level training courses.  The application of the elearning to understanding and measuring the health and wellbeing of populations is explored in more detail in the foundation level course and in the intermediate course, the development of capability and skills of analytical staff.

The completion of this elearning programme is compulsory for all staff wishing to undertake either the foundation level or intermediate level courses.

Additional Course Material

At the end of second session, Understanding and Measuring Populations, there is a workbook that needs completing. The workbook is compulsory for all students who are taking the Public Health England classroom-based courses.

Please bring the completed workbook to the first day of your classroom-based course.

For further information about the foundation and intermediate course, as well as booking information please email your local PHE Knowledge and Intelligence Service:

More information

In session one: Introduction to Public Health Intelligence, you will be introduced to concepts of health, public health, the organisations and individuals responsible for delivering public health locally and nationally, and a brief history of public health key figures, policies and resources.

In session two: Understanding and Measuring Populations, we will introduce data, information and intelligence and show how PHE uses this to inform decision making.  We will cover the structure of populations, simple measures and statistics, uncertainty and how we use statistics to provide a clearer picture of health and wellbeing.

  • James Harrison

    James Harrison

    Senior Knowledge Transfer Facilitator, PHE East of England
  • Natalie Cantillon

    Natalie Cantillon

    Principal Public Health Intelligence Analyst, PHE East Midlands
  • Rob Taylor 80 x 80

    Rob Taylor

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Angelina Montinaro

    Angelina Montinaro

    Learning Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Sarah Gray

    Sarah Gray

    Programme Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare

How to access

In order to access the Public Health Intelligence programme, you will need an elfh account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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To view the Public Health Intelligence programme, select the View button below. If you already have an account with elfh, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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Other health or care organisations

In the event that you do not qualify for free access to the Public Health Intelligence programme via the elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service via OpenAthens.

First check whether or not you qualify for direct access by clicking on the Register button.
After entering your work email address, you will be directed to enter additional details about your role and location. If you are presented with alternative registration options, your email address has not been recognised and you will not qualify for direct access to the Public Health Intelligence programme.  If this happens and you think that you should qualify for free access to the learning material via the elfh Hub, please contact elfh.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

NHS healthcare staff in England

The Public Health Intelligence programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this elearning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Public Health Intelligence programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

More information

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