WHO Growth Chart Training

Course Summary

1. Title: WHO Growth Chart Training

2. Keywords/Themes: World Health Organization
(WHO), WHO growth standards, CDC growth reference, WHO Multicenter Growth
Reference Study (MGRS), infant feeding,

Course Description:

course was developed by the CDC to train health care providers and others who
measure and assess child growth on how to use the World Health Organization
(WHO) growth standards to assess growth among infants and children ages birth
to 2 years.

The WHO growth
standard charts described in this training course apply only to children aged
birth to 2 years. There are seven sections in this course:


Recommendations and Rationale for Using the WHO Growth Charts in
the United States.


Creating the WHO Growth Standard for Infants and Young Children.


Comparing Methodologies Used to Develop WHO and CDC Growth
Charts for Children Birth to 2 Years of Age.


Breastfeeding as the Norm for Infant Feeding.


Using the WHO Growth Standard Charts.




Case Examples.

questions are included in each section. Supplemental materials are also
available, including a course summary and references.

Intended Audience:  health care providers such as nutritionists,
registered nurses, pediatricians, and other providers who measure and assess
child growth.

5. Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of the training, you will be
able to

  • Discuss
    recommendations for using the WHO growth charts.
  • Describe
    attributes of a growth reference versus a growth standard.
  • Describe
    the differences between WHO and CDC growth charts for infants and young
    children aged 0-2 years.
  • Discuss
    the effect of infant feeding on growth.
  • Identify
    issues to consider when interpreting WHO growth charts.

Pre-requisites/Learning Level: None

7. Competencies addressed: Public Health Science Skills, Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills

8. CEUs Offered: N/A

9. Cost: Free

10. Modality/format: Online Self-Pace

11. Length: 1 hour

12. Presenter(s) and/or Content
Experts: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

13. Technical requirements:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Flash Player 
  • Speakers

14. Registration requirements: Register a free account

15. Creation and/or update: August 1, 2015