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Epidemiology 101 (EPI)

Learn basic concepts of data collection and use, systematic frameworks of disease control, calculation of basic epidemiologic indicators, descriptive analytic techniques, and data visualization for public health use.

This training is for Local Health Jurisdiction and state employees who will be working in the area of outbreak management of COVID-19.

Essential Interview Skills for Disease Investigators

Essential Interviewing Skills for Disease Investigation (EISDI)

Learn to facilitate disease intervention interviews effectively and successfully. The training covers universal interview components, examining stigma and implicit bias, strengths-based approaches, motivational interviewing, sex positivity and demographic data collection.

This training is for Local Health Jurisdiction and state employees who will be working in the area of outbreak management of COVID-19.

Mpox Disease Intervention Training (MPOX)

Learn to perform effective disease intervention interviews for mpox. This training builds on the Essential Interviewing Skills for Disease Intervention (EISDI) course and aims to apply course skills and knowledge to the complexities and nuances specifically related to mpox.

This training is for Local Health Jurisdiction (LHJ) and state employees who will be facilitating disease intervention interviews for mpox with members of the public.

What Learners Say

“The VTA training allowed think time, practice time and gave enough support and encouragement to boost professionalism and mastering content. You are the only source that prepared me and gave me enough confidence to do the job.”

CICT Course Participant, February 2021

“The content of this training met my expectations and was very informative and presented perfectly. The small group breakout activities were great and also gave me an understanding of what other people in this profession have come across.“

Vaccine Communication Course Participant, July 2021

Asynchronous Trainings

COVID-19 Disease Intervention (CDI)

Learn skills and techniques to ensure information is effectively communicated in a COVID-19 disease intervention interview.

This course is intended for persons who will be performing COVID-19 disease intervention work in the state of California, including: existing staff of local health districts and existing State employees deployed to the COVID-19 response. Prior training and work experience in public health is not required.

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Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication and Public Health Messaging in K-12 Schools (RC)

Prepare to communicate more effectively in an emergency and keep your school community safe.  

This course is intended for K-12 school staff and district staff who are responsible for the development and dissemination of critical and time-sensitive information to stakeholders including students, staff, faculty, families, and the community regarding public health emergencies occurring in the school setting.

Foundations of COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Learn to support communicable disease intervention and outbreak response activities, including case investigation, contact tracing, vaccine outreach, health education, and resource coordination for people impacted by COVID-19.

This training is appropriate for the community health workers, epidemiologists, surveillance staff, health educators, clinicians, behavioral health staff, and volunteers who frequently make up the broad array of team members that support frontline Disease Intervention Specialists and other pandemic response work.

Retired Trainings

  • Advanced Topics
  • Case Investigation and Contact Tracing (previously offered in English and Spanish)
  • Cultural Humility
  • Outbreak Management
  • Vaccine Communications (previously offered in English and Spanish)

California Pathways into Public Health Initiative

CA Public Health Corps (CA-PHC) is an innovative program that provides training, hands-on work experience, and ongoing support to create a pathway into the field of public health.

California Public Health Reserve Corps

The California Public Health Reserve Corps (PHRC) are employee volunteers from CA state departments trained to provide critical support during public health emergencies.

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