The Kansas Public Health Workforce

Kansas TRAIN Learning Management System

TRAIN is a national learning network that provides thousands of quality training opportunities to more than one million professionals who protect and improve the public’s health. Powered by the Public Health Foundation (PHF), the TRAIN Learning Network brings together agencies and organizations in the public health, healthcare, and preparedness sectors to disseminate, track, and share trainings for the health workforce on a centralized training platform.

The TRAIN Learning Network is comprised of State and federal TRAIN Affiliates that operate branded TRAIN web portals. The portal that is specific to Kansas learners can be found at Anyone can register as a learner on KansasTRAIN at no cost and access thousands of openly available course offerings, the majority of which are free.

Courses of possible interest:

  • Fundamentals of Kansas Public Health Module 1: Overview of the Kansas System (1056214)
  • KPHA: An Orientation to Public Health in Kansas (1017215) (activated 4/9/09; rev 6/30/2015)

Midwestern Public Health Training Center

The Midwestern Public Health Training Center (MPHTC) is one of ten regional public health training centers funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Midwestern Public Health Training Center, covering the four-state region of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, helps to improve public health by strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership competencies of the public health workforce.

MPHTC is housed at the University of Iowa College of Public Health with community based training partners at the St. Louis University College of Public Health and Social Justice, Wichita State University, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. UI has housed a HRSA-funded public health training center since 2001.

For the current grant cycle, beginning in the summer of 2018, HRSA identified priority domains for all regional training centers including persuasive communication, systems thinking, and change management. HRSA also identified primary clinical topic areas: mental health, opioid abuse, and childhood obesity.

New Local Health Department Director Orientation Manual

Leaders of local public health departments work in a complex system. A solid local public health systems requires strong leadership at the local level. This guide includes an orientation process and resource information that can serve as tools to help the new public health director get off to a good start.

Learn more and access the manual in PDF format here.

Kansas Public Health Workforce Assessment

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment conducts a periodic Kansas Public Health Workforce Assessment to understand the makeup of the current public health workforce in Kansas and to identify strengths and challenges. Assessment findings inform future training opportunities.

Learn more about the assessment and find KDHE Workforce Development resources here.