Community Assessment: Conducting Focus Groups (self-paced online course)

6 modules

Course Length
60 mins

Region IV Public Health Training Center

19 May 2020



Note: This is a self-paced online course.

Training Overview
Community assessments use qualitative methods to learn about beliefs, values, and perspectives of needs and assets of a community. Qualitative methods include interviews, focus groups, and forums. The purpose of this course is to introduce focus groups as a method to gain valuable community-level data and provide a practical strategy to plan for, conduct, and analyze the results of a focus group. It is an introductory-level course designed to build competence in data analytics and assessment as well as community engagement in public health professionals, especially those in the governmental public health workforce. There are no prerequisites.

This course contains six modules: an interactive video, an activity, a handout, reflection questions, resources and an evaluation. The entire training is expected to take 60 minutes to complete.
After finishing all modules, learners will earn a certificate of completion. When the certificate is available, learners will see a Certificate button on their dashboard.

Participants will need a broadband internet connection (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred browsers) and computer speakers. For technical support, please contact

About the Course Developers:
This course was developed by the Region IV Public Health Training Center at the Emory University Rollins Schools of Public Health. The content was developed by Kirsten Rodgers, EdD, MSPH, MCHES®, Principal and Owner of Proximate Learning

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31680, Public Health Training Centers for $4,348,992. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize when a focus group is an ideal method for assessing a community.
  • Discuss the preparation necessary for conducting a focus group.
  • Apply the necessary steps to conduct a focus group.
  • Analyze the data collected from a focus group.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Certificate of Completion

Community Assessment: Conducting Focus Groups (Content Module)
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Activity: Coding and Analyzing Focus Group Data
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Handout: Conducting Focus Groups
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Reflection Questions
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Course Evaluation
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