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Where can I find HHS-sponsored training programs online?

HHS sponsors a number of online training programs in many categories. To learn more, select from the following:

Library of Online Training Programs

  • CDC Learning Connection
    CDC Learning Connection launched in November, 2010, is designed to help you locate learning products developed by CDC and CDC partners for the public health community. Check back often to access the growing collection of free products in a variety of media formats, including podcasts, e-learning, electronic publications, and live events.
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Educational Tutorials (NHLIB)
    The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute offers tutorials for the public on heart and vascular, cholesterol, high blood pressure, overweight and physical activity, and sleep disorders.

Healthy Lifestyles

  • Understanding Your Body (AHRQ)
    Understanding Your Body provides easy-to-understand explanations of body systems and disease conditions. This material can be used for patient education, life sciences curriculum development, or to enhance public understanding of general health concepts. Permission for such use is not required, but citation as to source is requested.
  • Next Steps After Your Diagnosis, Finding Information and Support (AHRQ)
    Next Steps After Your Diagnosis offers general advice for people with almost any disease or condition. And it has tips to help you learn more about your specific problem and how it can be treated. The information here is presented in a simple way to help you scan the material and read only what you need right now. Organizations, publications, and other resources are included if you would like to know more. This online version has many additional resources with their Internet links. This document is also available in Spanish.


Disease/Condition-Related Training

  • Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Education and Training Centers
    The AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC) Program of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program supports a network of 11 regional centers (and more than 130 local associated sites) that conduct targeted, multidisciplinary education and training programs for health care providers treating people living with HIV/AIDS. The AETCs serve all 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the 6 U.S. Pacific Jurisdictions. The AETC Program increases the number of health care providers who are effectively educated and motivated to counsel, diagnose, treat, and medically manage people with HIV disease, and to help prevent high-risk behaviors that lead to HIV transmission.
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Curriculum Self-Study Modules for Clinicians (CDC)
    Seven web-based educational modules, each based on a specific STD topic. Each module is considered to be an individual course, and a student may complete as many modules as he or she chooses.
  • Video: Smallpox: What Every Clinician Should Know (CDC)
    The purpose of the Smallpox: What Every Clinician Should Know video is to provide clinicians with information on the virology, epidemiology, clinical features, and diagnosis of smallpox; the characteristics and use of smallpox vaccine; and proper management of smallpox vaccine recipients.


Public Health and Health Care

  • NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education
    The NIH Office of intramural Training & Education (OITE) is a division of the Office of Intramural Research (OIR), Office of the Director (OD). The mission is to enhance the training experience of students and fellows on all of the NIH campuses. The staff works closely with the Training Officesin the NIH Institutes and Centers to help trainees in the Intramural Research Program (IRP). The intramural program is the sum of all the research projects carried out by NIH investigators and trainees in NIH facilities) develop scientific and professional skills that will enable them to become leaders in the biomedical research community.
  • Public Health Assessment Process Interactive Learning Program (CDC/ATSDR)
    This program provides an overview of the public health assessment process that the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) uses to evaluate whether people will be harmed by hazardous materials from waste sites or from other places where hazardous substances have been spilled or released into the environment.
  • Environmental Health and Medicine Education (ATSDR)
    Environmental medicine education products present current environmental medicine content drawn from peer-reviewed medical literature. These products are accredited for free continuing education.
  • Health Information Technology Knowledge Library (AHRQ)
    In an effort to ensure that stakeholders are on the same page when talking about health IT, we have developed a series of key topic articles. Each article includes beginner-level background information on the topic, a description of current activities in this part of the field, and lessons emerging from the array of projects sponsored by AHRQ. These articles also include recommended tools and resources for individuals engaged in health IT projects.


Drug and Food

  • Training & Continuing Education Courses from the FDA
    Information on state-level resources for food investigators; online training for health professionals about the safe use of medicine and the drug regulatory process; and online courses for industry on safety and effectiveness of medical devices and exposure to radiation from medical devices.
  • Make Your Calories Count: Use the Nutrition Facts Label for Health Weight Management (FDA)
    Make Your Calories Count is an interactive learning program that provides consumers with information to help plan a healthful diet while managing calorie intake. The exercises will help consumers use the food label to make decisions about which food choice is right for them. For simplicity, the program presents two nutrients that should be limited (saturated fat and sodium) and two nutrients that should be consumed in adequate amounts (fiber and calcium).


Emergency Preparedness & Response

  • Radiological Terrorism: Medical Response to Mass Casualties (CDC)
    The purpose of this training is to prepare clinicians in first receiver settings to: (1) Identify factors impacting immediate medical response to mass casualties following major types of radiological incidents, and (2) Demonstrate appropriate patient assessment, triage, treatment and disposition decision-making required during a radiological mass casualty incident.
  • Radiation Emergency Training & Education Webcasts (CDC)
    • Radiological population monitoring guidelines
    • Key radiation principles and procedures
    • Protective measures and evacuation and sheltering guidelines
    • Signs and symptoms of radiation syndrome
    • Decontamination of patients
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  • Video: The History of Bioterrorism (CDC)
    These videos describe the Category A diseases: smallpox, anthrax, botulism, plague, tularemia, and viral hemorrhagic fevers. If these germs were used to intentionally infect people, they would cause the most illness and death. Watch these videos to learn how some of these agents have been or can be used as bioterrorist weapons.




Social Service Programs

  • Child Support Enforcement
    Child Support Enforcement training resources are designed for state, local, tribal, and federal child support professionals and partners who work with us in serving families. 
  • Head Start Audit Training
    A-133 Audit Training Webcast: Understanding the Importance of Your Annual Audit and How the Audit Process Can Strengthen Your Organization
  • Positive Youth Development Online Training
    This online training for family and youth services professionals provides an introduction to Positive Youth Development concepts and practices.
  • Aging and Disability Resource Center Training
    Training for states and territories in the development and implementation of long-term services and supports opportunities are offered on-line through live webcasts, recorded webcasts available for download, and “build your own” training resources.
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Content created by Digital Communications Division (DCD)
Content last reviewed on June 12, 2015