Distance Learning

The Health Information Group works with many federally- and state-funded projects at Georgetown University to develop distance learning curricula. This gateway provides access to these online courses. Choose from the categories below:


Microlearning is an effective and emerging learning style to address the pressures of time constraints, information overload, and busy schedules by providing highly relevant and curated materials in small bursts at regular intervals.1
Benefits of microlearning include:

  • Microcontent. Learning occurs in small, bite-sized segments that are easy to achieve and incorporate.
  • Focused content. Access to highly relevant information happens without a lot of clutter.
  • Incremental learning. Learning bursts that are frequent and short build upon each other.
  • Just-in-time. Acquiring information happens at your own pace, when you need it.
  • Communal learning. Technology allows learners to see what others are thinking, share ideas, and ask questions.
  • Multitasking and learning. Information can be gathered on-the-go, especially through mobile devices.

The Health Information Group developed the MCH Navigator’s microlearning platform that includes:

  • The 5-Minute MCH explores the MCH Leadership Competencies through short, ongoing bursts of learning that encourage learners to proceed at their own pace, all while being engaged in a collaborative environment. For each competency, the program presents a 5-minute introduction, 5 learning opportunities, 5 implementation strategies, and a summary 15-minute discussion with an expert from the field. Learners can read what others have said about each module and submit their own comments and questions.
  • Public Health Pronto builds on the momentum of 5-Minute MCH by focusing on the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals and topic areas in Health Transformation. Public Health Pronto taps this broader set of competencies through the lens of MCH.

Health Promotion

Building on Campaigns with Conversations

This series of learning modules is designed for professionals who interact with families on topics of safe sleep and breastfeeding.

Well-Child Care: A Bright Futures Curriculum for Pediatric Providers

This curriculum is designed for health professionals who provide well-child care, and particularly to those served by state MCH programs or by Medicaid's Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) program. The curriculum consists of 10 half-hour modules. A Well-Child Care Pocket Guide is also available. (Registration and accreditation fees apply).

HealthCheck Training Curriculum

The HealthCheck training curriculum was developed for health professionals in the District of Columbia to serve as a self-directed online learning experience; a review of important HealthCheck and EPSDT requirements and services; and a source for current information and updates.

Helping Babies, Healing Families: An Online Program Manual & Trainer's Guide for Sudden & Unexpected Infant/Child Death & Pregnancy Loss

This online learning tool supports staff in local and State programs in their efforts to provide comprehensive Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Infant Death (SIDS/ID) program services in both risk reduction (so that children have the best chance of surviving the risk period for SIDS/ID) and bereavement support for families in cases where an unexpected infant/child death does occur.

Mental Health and Development

Contemporary Practices in Early Intervention

CPEI consists of six training modules and provider resources designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of early intervention service providers from the education, health care, therapeutic, and social service fields. The main purpose of CPEI is to meet the critical need for training in comprehensive, evidence-based early intervention practices.

Cultural and Linguistic Competence

Oral Health

Physical Activity and Nutrition

One Step at a Time: Helping Young Children Be Physically Active!—Bright Futures Obesity Prevention Training for Child Care Providers

A curriculum that helps child care providers working in local programs make sure young children are physically active.

Around the Table: Promoting Healthy Eating Through Food & Culture

This 6-module online curriculum explores the relationship between food and culture to address childhood obesity.