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Midwest Center for Lifelong Learning in Public Health


MCLPH works to strengthen the technical, scientific, managerial and leadership competence of the public health workforce. To accomplish this mission, we partner with health departments in Minnesota and North Dakota for practice and education, enhancing our ability to serve our communities.

We provide a forum for the development of new educational opportunities, dialogue about the development of excellence in public health practice, and assessment and evaluation of the needs of public health professionals and systems.

Questions? Contact Louise Stenberg ( for more information.

See a listing of MCLPH courses

  • Who We Are
    MCLPH is comprised of faculty and staff from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, who partner with other organizations including the Minnesota Department of Health, North Dakota Health Department, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to meet the education needs of public health professionals.

    Leadership for the center is provided by the Executive Committee and the Advisory Cooperative Board, which has a broad membership that includes partners from the community and other academic institutions.

    MCLPH is one of the centers in the Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach, which promotes lifelong learning to bridge academic and public health practice communities.

    MCLPH is one of 37 Public Health Training Centers (PHTC) located at schools of public health across the US and funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. The PHTC Network improves the Nation’s public health system by strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership competence of current and future public health professionals. Public Health Training Centers assess the learning needs of the public health workforce, provide accessible training, and work with organizations to meet other strategic planning, education, and resource needs.


  • What We Do
    Public Health Workforce Assessment and Evaluation & Competency Identification
    In collaboration with the state departments of health in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin, MCLPH assesses core public health competency gaps in the public health workforce to provide a basis for program development and evaluation.

    Cultural Responsiveness
    We focus on the development of activities to learn about culturally responsive public health practice. Several courses, co-taught by persons from underserved/underrepresented communities and SPH faculty are available on this topic through the Public Health Institute.

    Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning
    View our courses and trainings in the continuing education section or contact us at if you are interested in more specific information.

    Distance Education
    MCLPH provides access to core public health curricula through the enhancement of academic courses for online delivery, creation of online continuing education modules, and through a flexible institute format.

    Kids in Public Health
    Creating the future public health workforce is a critical aspect of the MCLPH mission. Through collaborative work with our state and academic partners, and innovative strategies such as the creation of Outbreak at Watersedge, an online game for students, MCLPH is looking toward the future.


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