Health Literacy & Public Health: Introduction

This training contains four sections. The content and activities demonstrate how the public’s literacy skills affect interactions with medical and public health staff. This training:

-Introduces the concept of health literacy.
-Dispels common assumptions about people with low literacy.
-Presents the consequences of low health literacy.
-Describes public health activities with a health literacy perspective.

This training is the first of two that address health literacy and public health. After completing this training, it is recommended that you enroll in Health Literacy & Public Health: Strategies for Addressing Low Health Literacy.

This course was launched in August 2006. It was reviewed in August, 2015 to assess its relevance to the current public health workforce and evaluate its continued listing on the Region 2 PHTC website. The review process was based on a subset of recognized standards. In order to keep the course up-to-date, the reviewer additionally updated the dead links in the course along with identifying further resources to help learners achieve the objectives of the course.

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I do not work for a State or Local Health Department in NYS.


I do work for a State or a Local Health Department in NYS.

If you are employed by NYS or a local health department in NYS, we recommend that you register for this course through the NYS Department of Health Learning Management System (DOH LMS).

Further Resources:

  • US Census Data Tables for Educational Attainment here
  • CDC Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals training module here
  • CDC Health Literacy Information and Tools here