Do we have skilled and richly diverse staff to serve our clients and our mission tomorrow? To plan our organizational future, we need tools, methods and a format for conversations that identify, foster and grow our talent. And, our plans need to ensure a talent base that reflects all aspects of diversity - people, cultures and ideas.
This workshop is designed to prepare the participants as leaders in their respective public health organizations to both prepare for and take part in structured leadership presentations and conversations about their succession plans. And, the format of the training and exercises shows the participants how to integrate workforce and leadership diversity into each step of their activities.
The workshop components include an overview of succession planning with mini-exercises to try out the concepts, explanation of a seven-step succession and diversity presentation method, a review of how staff development activities tie to succession planning work, introduction of templates for succession planning, and a deep dive into the methods for integrating diversity and cultural competence work into succession analysis.




  • Participants will be briefed on the purpose, terminology and basic methods of succession planning.
  • Participants will become acquainted with methods, approaches and templates for a succession planning and talent review process that integrates diversity into the conversation.
  • Participants will be exposed to practices that improve diversity sourcing, recruitment and retention.
  • Participants will dialogue with one another about how to best integrate their workforce diversity status and health equity assessment into their upcoming succession planning work.
  • Participants will understand the benefits of linking planning and diversity and have concrete ideas how to do so for their respective organizations.



The core competencies for public health professionals are a consensus set of skills identified by the Council on Linkages (CoL) between academia and public health practice as being desirable for the delivery of the essential public health services. The CoL competencies identified for this course are:

Domain 2: Policy Development/Program Planning Skills

Domain 3: Communication Skills

Domain 5: Community Dimensions of Practice Skills

Domain 7: Financial Planning and Management Skills

Continuing Education Units

Please note that these trainings may offer different types of continuing education credits. This Learner Portal may not calculate the correct number of continuing education credits. Please refer to the Continuing Education Credits section of your course site after registration for the correct information.

This course is eligible for 0.4 CEUs or 4.0 contact hours and up to 4 CPH re-certification credits can be earned by completing this course.

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Section Title
Diversity and Succession Planning
Online, self paced
Jan 04, 2024 to Jan 06, 2025
Delivery Options
Self Paced Online  
Course Fee(s)
No Fee $0.00
Section Details
The Midwest Center for Lifelong Learning in Public Health (MCLPH), within the School of Public Health, is a member of the Association for Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and an approved Continuing Education partner with the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE). CPH recertification credits or continuing education credits can be earned by completing this course. Upon completion of all course requirements, your certificate will be available for you to save, email and print. Please contact your accrediting agency regarding any questions receiving credits.
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