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Table 1 Participant characteristics of public health practitioners (N = 144)

From: Evaluating a train-the-trainer approach for improving capacity for evidence-based decision making in public health

Characteristic n (%)a,b
Highest degree earned  
 Doctoral 14 (9.9)
 Master of Public Health 23 (16.3)
 Other master’s degree 46 (32.6)
 Nursing 21 (14.9)
 Bachelor’s degree or less 37 (26.2)
Program area  
 Obesity, physical activity, nutrition 36 (25.0)c
 Tobacco 27 (18.8)
 Cancer 19 (13.2)
 Diabetes/cardiovascular health 11 (7.6)
 Health promotion 52 (36.1)
 School health 20 (13.9)
 Environmental health 23 (16.0)
 Maternal and child health 22 (15.3)
 Communicable diseases/immunizations 26 (18.1)
 Epidemiology or evaluation 35 (24.3)
 Otherd 48 (33.3)
Agency or organization type  
 State health department 38 (26.4)
 Local health department (city or county) 80 (55.6)
 University 7 (4.9)
 Community-based organization 7 (4.9)
 Other specifiede 12 (8.3)
Job position  
 Program manager or coordinator 51 (35.4)
 Health educator or community health worker 36 (25.0)
 Epidemiologist or statistician 9 (6.3)
 Division, Department or Bureau Head/Director/Deputy 16 (11.1)
 Academic researcher or educator 7 (4.9)
 Program planner or evaluator 7 (4.9)
 Other specifiedf 18 (12.5)
Years worked in public health, mean ± SD 9.5 ± 7.2
  1. aPercentage reported for valid, non-missing cases
  2. bSome percentages do not sum to 100 % due to rounding
  3. cPercentages do not sum to 100 % as participants were able to select multiple program areas
  4. dExamples of other program areas include family planning, oral health, injury prevention, emergency preparedness, asthma, and healthy aging
  5. eExamples of other specified organization types include voluntary health organization, consulting business, medical membership organization and other governmental agencies
  6. fExamples of other job position types include environmental health and other program area specialists, manager of contracts, and program consultant