Distance Learning

Studies have shown an appreciable interest, capacity, and preference for online learning at state and local levels. Three-fourths of agencies surveyed had the capacity to access web-based programs, and two-thirds of respondents reported having agency approval to use the web for continuing education during work hours.1 Distance learning in the public health sector is "increasingly viewed as the most promising tool for improving overall quality, safety and efficiency of the health delivery system."2 However, there is a documented gap between federal investment in technology and professional skills in using it to advance MCH. In fact, the redesigned U.S. Public Health Service's goals include a recommendation to "improve IT skills among public health professionals and medical practitioners."3

NCEMCH has responded to Title V and other state agencies who have expressed ongoing needs for quality online trainings to address emerging MCH issues. Faculty and staff have developed numerous distance learning curricula and have partnered with other federally-funded projects at Georgetown University to develop online learning platforms for the MCH workforce.

Please choose from the topic areas to see distance learning curricula:

Please contact NCEMCH if you would like to discuss using one of our distance learning projects in your work or to develop a new distance learning solution for your training needs.

Children's Health Promotion and Disease/Injury Prevention

:: Well-Child Care: A Bright Futures Curriculum for Pediatric Providers
This curriculum is designed for health professionals who provide well-child care, and particularly to those served by state MCH programs or by Medicaid's Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) program. Winner of a 2010 Grand APEX Award for Excellence for the Website and a 2009 Award for the Pocket Guide.
:: HealthCheck Training and Resource Center
The HealthCheck Training and Resource Center is for use by health professionals who see children under 21 years of age covered by Medicaid in the District of Columbia to serve as a self-directed online learning experience; a review of important HealthCheck and EPSDT requirements and services; and a source for current information and updates.
:: Building on Campaigns with Conversations: An Individualized Approach to Helping Families Embrace Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding
This series of learning modules is designed for a range of health professionals, human service providers, community health workers, home visitors, and peer supporters who interact with families on topics of safe sleep and breastfeeding.
:: Helping Babies, Healing Families: Program Manual & Trainer's Guide
This online learning tool supports staff in local and state programs in their efforts to provide comprehensive Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Infant Death (SIDS/ID) program services in both risk reduction and bereavement support for families in cases where an unexpected infant/child death does occur. Winner of a 2010 APEX Award for Excellence for Training Publication.
SIDS workshop Hot Topics in Infant Safe Sleep: An Interactive Workshop
Rachel Moon, M.D., an internationally recognized expert in SIDS/ID research, presents scenarios in (1) reflux and sleep position; (2) breastfeeding; (3) bed-sharing and co-sleeping; (4) swaddling; (5) crib-sharing for multiple children; and (6) soft bedding and bumper pads. The videos include reports from SUID/SIDS caregivers and educators, a review of the research, and recommendations for families.

Children's Mental Health and Early Childhood Development

:: Promoting Healthy Mental Development -- Under Revision; To Relaunch Fall 2017
This course trains health professionals in (1) assessing and promoting social, emotional, developmental, and behavioral health; (2) identifying mental health concerns early; and (3) intervening early.
:: Addressing Mental Health Concerns -- Under Revision; To Relaunch Fall 2017
This curriculum focuses on addressing mental health concerns with strategies that can be applied in multiple settings, with special emphasis on minority populations and professionals.
Contemporary Practices in Early Intervention
CPEI consists of six training modules and provider resources designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of early intervention service providers from the education, health care, therapeutic, and social service fields. The main purpose of CPEI is to meet the critical need for training in comprehensive, evidence-based early intervention practices.
ECMHC Mental Health Consultation Best Practices Tutorial Series. This series is designed to enhance skills and knowledge around how to implement effective mental health consultation in Head Start and Early Head Start (HS/EHS) programs. These online tutorials were developed with a variety of audiences in mind, including mental health consultants, community mental health services or consultation program administrators, and HS/EHS program administrators and service area managers/coordinators.

Cultural and Linguistic Competence

:: Cultural Competence Curricula Enhancement Module Series
This series was developed by the National Center for Cultural Competence with the goal of increasing the capacity of DRTE-funded programs to incorporate principles and practices of cultural and linguistic competence into all aspects of their leadership training.
:: Body/Mind/Spirit: Toward a Biopsychococial-Spiritual Model of Health
The discussion of the relationship between spirituality/religion and health has grown enormously in recent years. Studies have shown that spirituality and religion can play a role in how an individual copes with being sick, and may influence medical decisions and eventual health outcomes.

Bridging the Cultural Divide in Health Care Settings: The Essential Role of Cultural Broker Programs
The goal of this curriculum is to encourage the use of cultural brokering to increase access to culturally competent care, enhancing the delivery of care and improving health outcomes for diverse populations.

Data Vignettes Data Vignettes
This project puts faces and names to the data from the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN). While the stories are composites of many families and do not depict specific families or children, the vignettes can be used to increase understanding of racial and ethnic disparities in delivering care to CSHCN.
NCCC Training Video: Infusing Cultural and Linguistic Competence into Health Promotion
This video (and "In Their Own Voices" segments) helps experienced health promotion trainers to incorporate cultural and linguistic competence effectively and respectfully into their work with diverse populations.

Oral Health, Nutrition, and Physical Activity

Around the Table Around the Table: Promoting Healthy Eating Through Food & Culture
This 6-module online curriculum explores the relationship between food and culture to address childhood obesity.
BFOH Pocket Guide Bright Futures in Practice: Oral Health Pocket Guide Online
This online pocket guide offers health professionals (including dentists, dental hygienists, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, dietitians, and others) an overview of preventive oral health supervision for five developmental periods—pregnancy and postpartum, infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence.
Caries Prevention, Risk Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment (no longer available)
This series of modules was developed for clinicians working in safety net dental clinics in Ohio and provides a framework for assessing patients’ risk for dental caries and determining prevention, treatment, and education strategies based on that patient’s risk category.
OHRC clinical Clinical Operations for Safety Net Dental Clinics (no longer available)
These modules are designed to help safety net dental clinic staff improve efficiency and quality of care, meet patients’ needs, and set up an infrastructure that is conducive to these activities.
OHRC financial Financial Management for Safety Net Dental Clinics (no longer available)
These modules are designed to help safety net dental clinic staff learn about all aspects of financing a safety net dental clinic and ensuring that the clinic remains financially sustainable over the long term.
:: A Health Professional's Guide to Pediatric Oral Health Management
These modules assist health professionals in performing an oral screening to identify infants and children at increased risk for oral health problems, offering referrals to oral health professionals, and providing parents with anticipatory guidance.
:: Mobile-Portable Dental Manual
The manual is a companion manual to the online Safety Net Dental Clinic Manual that covers considerations for fixed dental clinic sites that are not private practices. Users are referred or linked to information in the Safety Net Manual that applies to basic principles of designing, staffing, operating and financing dental care systems.
:: Open Wide: Oral Health Training for Health Professionals
These modules present professionals with information about tooth decay, risk factors, and prevention; explain how to perform an oral health risk assessment and oral health screening; and highlight anticipatory guidance to share with parents.
OHRC oral care Oral Health Care for Young Children (no longer available)
These modules are designed to help clinicians learn about providing care to infants and children from birth through age 3. The modules provide clinicians with information about prevention, risk assessment, and anticipatory guidance.
:: Safety Net Dental Clinic Manual
The information in this manual highlights all aspects of dental clinic development as well as ongoing operations. Beginners may look at the chapters as a series of steps for starting a dental clinic. Those wanting to improve an existing dental clinic facility or services can pick and choose interests and objectives.
OHRC sealants School-Based Dental Sealant Programs
These modules are designed to ensure that school-based dental sealant program staff have a thorough understanding of the history, operations, and underlying principles of programs funded by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). The modules provide detailed guidelines for infection control in school-based programs; discuss tooth selection and assessment for dental sealants; review the dental sealant application process; and provide information about program operations (Available for CE credit).
:: Seal America: The Prevention Invention
This online manual is designed to assist health professionals initiate and implement a school-based dental sealant program to help prevent dental caries in children.
:: Special Care: An Oral Health Professional's Guide to Serving Young Children with Special Health Care Needs
This curriculum provides oral health professionals with information to help ensure that young children with special health care needs have access to health promotion and disease prevention services. (Available for CE credit).
BFOH Pocket Guide One Step at a Time: Helping Young Children Be Physically Active!—Bright Futures Obesity Prevention Training for Child Care Providers a curriculum that helps child care providers working in local programs make sure young children are physically active.


1 Alexander GR, Petersen DH, Pass MA, Slay M, Chadwick C. 2001. Graduate and continuing education needs in maternal and child health: Report of a national needs assessment, 2000-2001. Birmingham, AL: University of Alabama at Birmingham.

2 Chaudhry B, et al. Systematic review: Impact of health information technology on quality, efficiency, and costs of medical care. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2006; 144(10): 742-752.

3 Public Health Data Policy Coordinating Committee, U.S. Public Health Service. Making a powerful connection: The health of the public and the national information infrastructure. 2006.