WiCPHET: A History

2010 – 2014: Building upon both long-standing relationships and partnerships in Wisconsin's public health education community, the Wisconsin Center for Public Health Education and Training (WiCPHET), housed in the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Medicine and Public Health’s Master of Public Health Program (MPH), began to work towards the development of a competent, sufficient, and diverse public health workforce to promote and protect health. Developed in 2010 and supported by HRSA funding, the WiCPHET began to strategically coordinate the academic and public health training resources in the State of Wisconsin in order to:

* Cultivate the pipeline of future public health professionals,

* Integrate statewide professional preparation and continuing education opportunities, and

* Strengthen professional development for the existing public health workforce throughout Wisconsin, especially those working with underserved populations.

Original partners were the University of Wisconsin-Madison, SMPH, the Wisconsin Division of Public Health, the Wisconsin Public Health Association, the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Zilber School of Public Health, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, and the Medical College of Wisconsin.

2014 - 2018: When HRSA funding for individual states ended in 2014, the WiCPHET became part of the Region V Great Lakes Public Health Training Collaborative (GLPHTC). GLPHTC was created to improve the nation's public health by strengthening the competencies of the current and future public health workforce through the provision of education and training services. GLPHTC served the HRSA Region V area and consisted of the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, which functions as the Collaborative's central office, Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, the University of Michigan School of Public Health, the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, The Ohio State University College of Public Health, and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (WiCPHET).

2018 +: On July 1, 2018 the University of Michigan School of Public Health became the lead organization and was designated as the Region V Public Health Training Center (RVPHTC). Funded by HRSA for 3.7 million dollars over four years, Michigan Public Health is one of 10 schools of public health across the country named as regional Public Health Training Centers. The Region V Public Health Training Center works to strengthen the capacity of the region’s public health workforce by assessing training needs, responding to those needs through the development and delivery of distance-based continuing education trainings, and cultivating partnerships among academic and practice partners to collectively engage in workforce development and planning throughout the region. Training is offered to the public health workforce free of charge. With leadership for the RVPHTC changing, the Population Health Institute’s MATCH Program became the Community-based Training (CBT) Partner for the grant. The UW-Madison MPH Program is still peripherally involved with a staff member serving on the RVPHTC Student Development Subcommittee. Visit RVPHTC’s Training Gateway for free public health training opportunities!