Critical Thinking

There are 6 steps in this course:

  • Step 1: Identify and Define the Problem
  • Step 2: Gather Information
  • Step 3: Develop Alternatives
  • Step 4: Select an Alternative
  • Step 5: Implement the Solution
  • Step 6: Evaluate the Solution

Each module includes at least one Review Question.

These review questions will provide you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills presented in the module.

Intended Audiencc

Public health leaders who may need to solve a problem or crisis by thinking critically about it and make appropriate decisions using an established six step model

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, the learner will have the ability required to:

  • Identify and clearly define a problem situation.
  • Gather facts about a problem situation in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Identify and categorize any constraints on possible solutions to a problem situation.
  • Employ an appropriate method to effectively generate alternative solutions to a problem situation
  • Use a set of criteria (feasibility, suitability, and flexibility) to evaluate alternative solutions to a problem situation.
  • Develop an action plan for implementing a solution to a problem situation.
  • Monitor progress after implementing a solution to a problem situation to evaluate whether or not objectives are met.

Pre-requisites/Learning Level

No Pre-requisites

Competencies addressed

Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals identified:

Domain 1: Analytical/Assessment Skills

  • 1A1. Describes factors affecting the health of a community (e.g., equity, income, education, environment)

Domain 2: Policy Development/Program Planning Skills

  • 2A6. Gathers information that can inform options for policies, programs, and services (e.g., secondhand smoking policies, data use policies, HR policies, immunization programs, food safety programs)

Domain 5: Community Dimensions of Practice Skills

  • 5A2. Recognizes relationships that are affecting health in a community (e.g., relationships among health departments, hospitals, community health centers, primary care providers, schools, community-based organizations, and other types of organizations)

CEUs Offered





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1 hour

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Creation and/or update

September 22, 2013