ArticlesContinuing-Education Needs of Public Health Educators Their PerspectivesPrice, James H. PhD, MPH; Akpanudo, Sutoidem MBBS, MPH; Dake, Joseph A. PhD, MPH; Telljohann, Susan K. HSD, CHESAuthor Information Professor of Public Health, Department of Public Health, University of Toledo, Ohio. (Price) Doctoral Fellow, Department of Public Health, University of Toledo, Ohio. (Akpanudo) Assistant Professor of Health Education, Division of Health, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. (Dake) Professor of Health Education, Department of Public Health, University of Toledo, Ohio. (Telljohann) Correspondence and reprint requests to: James H. Price, PhD, MPH, Department of Public Health, University of Toledo, 2801 W. Bancroft Street, Toledo, OH 43606 (e-mail: [email protected]). Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: March 2004 - Volume 10 - Issue 2 - p 156-163 Buy Abstract The objective of the study described in this article was to determine the perceived continuing-education needs of employed public health educators. A three-wave mailing of a questionnaire was sent to a national sample of 500 public health educators who were asked to rate their preparation on 41 subcompetencies. Of 299 returned surveys (63%), 149 indicated that they were not currently practicing public health educators. Thus, analysis was based on 150 respondents. Six subcompetencies were perceived by 25% or more of the respondents as topics in which they needed more training. Health educators reported a need for continuing education, focused primarily on administration and evaluation of programs and applying appropriate research principles. Furthermore, the public health educators overwhelmingly preferred to attend a conference or workshop (85%) as their method of obtaining further continuing education. Health education programs and professional organizations need to take note of the identified continuing-education needs when developing future educational programs to adequately update health educators. © 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.