Cutting-edge technology for public health workforce training in comparative effectiveness research

Abraham A. Salinas-Miranda*, Michelle C. Nash, Jason L. Salemi, Alfred K. Mbah, Hamisu M. Salihu

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A critical mass of public health practitioners with expertise in analytic techniques and best practices in comparative effectiveness research is needed to fuel informed decisions and improve the quality of health care. The purpose of this case study is to describe the development and formative evaluation of a technology-enhanced comparative effectiveness research learning curriculum and to assess its potential utility to improve core comparative effectiveness research competencies among the public health workforce. Selected public health experts formed a multidisciplinary research collaborative and participated in the development and evaluation of a blended 15-week comprehensive e-comparative effectiveness research training program, which incorporated an array of health informatics technologies. Results indicate that research-based organizations can use a systematic, flexible, and rapid means of instructing their workforce using technology-enhanced authoring tools, learning management systems, survey research software, online communities of practice, and mobile communication for effective and creative comparative effectiveness research training of the public health workforce.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-115
Number of pages15
JournalHealth informatics journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Comparative effectiveness research
  • e-learning
  • health-care professional training
  • information technology design and development
  • information technology health-care evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics

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