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Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals Integrated into the TrainingFinder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network (TRAIN), 2003-2011: TRAIN Database Dictionary and Three Tailored Datasets (ICPSR 32781)

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This data collection contains the TrainingFinder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network (TRAIN) database dictionary and three data files derived from the TRAIN database. A project of the Public Health Foundation, TRAIN ( is a comprehensive learning resource for public health professionals, such as epidemiologists, public health officials, health educators, environmental health professionals, social workers, nurses, physicians, emergency responders, and mental health providers. Learners can use TRAIN to search for on-site and distance learning courses, register on-line for courses, provide and view feedback about courses, and create a personal training record of competency-based training and continuing education requirements. Course providers can use TRAIN to publicize courses, manage online registration and student rosters, collect feedback from learners, and post course materials and discussion topics.

Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals is a set of skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for the broad practice of public health. Adopted by the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice, this list of competencies was incorporated into TRAIN.

Comprising a small subset of the information in the TRAIN database, the three data files were tailored to facilitate public health systems and services research. The first data file contains demographic information about every registered TRAIN learner: street address, county, city, state, ZIP code, country, education level, gender, race, Hispanic origin, birth date, primary language, and secondary language. The second data file is a tabulation which shows the core competencies covered by each course offered through TRAIN, together with the course titles, expiration dates, and the organizations offering the courses. The last data file is a tabulation which shows the number of TRAIN courses and learners by core competency and professional role.

The TRAIN database dictionary describes all of the variables in the TRAIN database, including those not provided with this data collection.

Access Notes

  • One or more files in this study are not available for download due to special restrictions ; consult the restrictions note to learn more. You can apply online for access to the data. A login is required to apply for access. (Instructions on YouTube.)

    Dataset 1 (TRAIN Learner Demographics) is restricted from general dissemination for reasons of confidentiality. Users interested in obtaining these data must complete an Agreement for the Use of Confidential Data, specify the reasons for the request, and obtain IRB approval or notice of exemption for their research. Apply for access to these data through the ICPSR restricted data contract portal, which can be accessed via the study home page.


DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  TRAIN Learner Demographics - Download All Files (348.6 MB) large dataset
DS2:  TRAIN Courses by Competency - Download All Files (6.6 MB)
DS3:  Number of TRAIN Courses and Learners by Competency and Professional Role - Download All Files (4 MB)
DS4:  TRAIN Database Dictionary
No downloadable data files available.

Study Description


Bialek, Ron. Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals Integrated into the TrainingFinder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network (TRAIN), 2003-2011: TRAIN Database Dictionary and Three Tailored Datasets. ICPSR32781-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-03-20.

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This study was funded by:

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (68374)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   community health, health care providers, health education, public health, training

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 2003--2011

Universe:   TRAIN learners and courses.

Data Types:   administrative records data

Data Collection Notes:

Dataset 1 (TRAIN Learner Demographics) is a restricted-use file, while Dataset 2 (TRAIN Courses by Competency) and Dataset 3 (Number of TRAIN Courses and Learners by Competency and Professional Role) are public-use. To obtain Dataset 1 users must follow the procedure described below. To obtain Datasets 2 and 3 users must submit a data request form (user agreement) which is provided together with the technical documentation for this study. Submission instructions are included on the form.



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Version History:

  • 2014-07-16 The Public-Use Data Agreement has been revised.

Related Publications ?

    Jones, Jeff,  Lamberth, Cynthia,  Changthavongsa, Sunny . External Assessment of TRAIN. University of Kentucky College of Public Health, Center for Public Health Systems and Services Research.
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