Continuing Education and Professional Development in Public Health
Simply put, continuing education (CE) refers to post-secondary learning. CE within the public health industry ensures that employees remain current with industry practices and new knowledge and research. Some forms of CE include degree credit courses, workforce training, conferences, experiential learning, or self-directed learning.
Continuing professional development (CPD) refers to the process of developing and enhancing one’s skillset. While CE focuses on education and remaining current, CPD focuses on honing and developing current skills to better serve within a position. Within the public health industry, CPD can enable employees to pursue a path to greater success within their current role or expand into future positions.