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CQI for Public Health: The Fundamentals is a Course

CQI for Public Health: The Fundamentals

3.0 credits


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Course Description:

This on-line self-study course provides the fundamentals of continuous quality improvement (CQI). This course was developed for public health agencies and their partners, although the principles, process and tools have been used in all kinds of organizations and can be used anywhere – even at home. The QI principles, methods, and tools are simply best practices for improving the work and results of organizations.

This course consists of three modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction and Principles of CQI
  • Module 2: Problem-Solving PDSA
  • Module 3: CQI Project Selection and Teams

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define quality improvement
  • Identify the benefits of CQI
  • Identify key CQI concepts and principles
  • Distinguish a quality culture
  • Recognize that change is essential to improvement
  • Identify problem-solving strategies
  • Explain the CQI process
  • Identify the current and desired states
  • Recognize the basic tools of CQI and how they are applied
  • Be able to select a QI project
  • Define a CQI mission statement
  • Define CQI team composition
  • Identify team success factors
  • Recognize the team development process

This course addresses the following Council on Linkages Core Competencies: 2.A.11. It also addresses and supports PHAB Standard 9.2 (v1.5).

Subsequent modules - CQI for Public Health: Tool Time - provide training in the quality improvement tools. The Tool Time training is now available through the same training catalog and learning content management system as this course. Additionally, customized in-person training and coaching for quality improvement teams is available from the Center.


The target audience for this course is anyone interested in quality improvement in public health.

Continuing Education:

This continuing education activity has been approved by the Ohio State Board of Sanitarian Registration. Course Number: CE-0000001005 Clock Hours: 3 

Sponsored by the Center for Public Health Practice (MEP100177) a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., this program is designated for (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 3 total category I contact hours in health education. Maximum advance-level contact hours available are 1.5. 

This course is approved for 3 CPH CEs by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. 

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