Grant to build public health workforce capacity

The University of Iowa’s Upper Midwest Public Health Training Center (UMPHTC) has received a $650,000 award to develop and expand workforce development in the field of public health.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration will allow the UI College of Public Health–based center to enhance the region’s public health workforce with a special emphasis on medically underserved areas. The award provides funds for needs assessments, competency-based training programs, and electronic resources, including distance-learning modalities.

Estimates suggest that only 20 percent of public health professionals have formal education in public health, according to Tanya Uden-Holman, director of the UMPHTC and associate dean for education and student affairs in the UI College of Public Health. Uden-Holman notes that the grant will support efforts to build capacity in the public health workforce to help meet current and future health challenges facing the upper Midwest.

Serving the states of Iowa and South Dakota, UMPHTC is one of 37 public health training centers located throughout the United States.

For more information on the Upper Midwest Public Health Training Center, visit