Business Planning for Public Health Programs
 Course ID: 1028437
 Format: Web-based Training - Self-study (Online)
 Clinical / Non-Clinical: Non Clinical
 Course Number:
 Cost (US$): 0.00
 Credit Type(s): 1 CNE Contact Hours
Course Description:


Do you need a new approach to generating revenue? Do you have a program that you want to continue after your grant runs out? Then business planning may be the answer. This 45-minute module will help you understand the basics of business planning and determine if writing a business plan is appropriate for your public health program.


After completing this module, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the parts of a business plan.
  • Explain how business planning can be helpful for a public health agency or non-profit organization.
  • Describe the function of business planning.
  • Identify when it is appropriate to do a business plan

Intended Audience

The primary audience is managers in local health departments.


This HTML-based online module has interactive exercises (Flash-based) and should take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Course Instructor

Stephen Orton, PhD
Deputy Director, Executive Education
North Carolina Institute for Public Health
University of North Carolina

Subject Area(s):
Management / Leadership
Program Development
General Public Health Staff
Administrators / Directors / Managers
Course Language(s):
Course Level: Introductory
Core Competencies:
Tier One
    Policy Development / Program Planning Skills
       Gathers information relevant to specific public health policy issues
       Participates in program planning processes
       Identifies mechanisms to monitor and evaluate programs for their effectiveness and quality
Registration Required Outside of TRAIN: no
Registration Restrictions:
Sponsor: Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP)
Accreditations: none
Special Notes:
Course Contacts
Name: Northwest Center for Public Health Practice
Phone: 206.685.1130
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User Reviews
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Overall Impression Recommends this course: YES  
March 18, 2014
Overall Impression Recommends this course: YES  
October 18, 2013
Overall Impression Recommends this course: NO  
June 22, 2013
No, not if you are looking for a cost-free course for continuing education contact hours. It is advertised as no-cost, yet 6 pages in to the course intro pages you find out it will cost $35 for a CNE certificate!!! I specifically categorized my search as cost-free continuing education credits and this course popped up as meeting the criteria on TRAIN 's website. Very disappointing.
Overall Impression Recommends this course: NO  
March 29, 2013
Overall Impression Recommends this course: YES  
June 13, 2012
Overall Impression Recommends this course: Not Supplied  
June 09, 2012
Acceptable overview, but note that the 1 CNE will cost $35 dollars.
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