About the Florida Public Health Training Center

The Florida Public Health Training Center (FPHTC) is located within the Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice (CLPHP) in the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida in Tampa. It is one of two federal-grant-funded Centers within the CLPHP dedicated to developing and strengthening the public health workforce in Florida and nationally.

Funding for the activities of the FPHTC is provided through a grant awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The FPHTC is one of 33 national Public Health Training Centers (PHTCs) currently funded by HRSA. The HRSA-funded PHTCs are partnerships between accredited schools of public health, related academic institutions, and public health agencies and organizations.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Florida Public Health Training Center is to improve the nation’s public health system by strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership competencies and capabilities of the current and future public health workforce in Florida and nationally. The FPHTC provides competency-based training and educational programs, based on the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals, to broaden the foundational skills and competencies of all public health workers in Florida, including those in medically underserved areas and populations. These training and educational programs use distance learning modalities to reach the broadest number of public health workers in Florida and are consistent with the educational needs of Florida’s public health workforce, capacities, and improved learning outcomes.

Key Activities:

As Cited in Our Grant, the FPHTC Key Activities are to:

  • Provide competency-based training and education to meet the training needs and to broaden the foundational skills and competencies of Florida’s public health workers.
  • Support collaborative projects developed between University of South Florida College of Public Health (USF COPH) faculty and students and local, state, and regional public health agencies in Florida to help enhance the quality of public health services, especially for medically underserved areas and populations.
  • Establish and strengthen field placements for USF COPH students in county health departments in Florida, particularly those serving medically underserved areas and populations.
  • Implement an Online Mentor Program for Florida Department of Health workers and USF COPH students and faculty to strengthen the technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership competencies and capabilities of the current and future public health workforce.

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