The Midwestern Public Health Training Center (MPHTC) is one of ten regional public health training centers funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Midwestern Public Health Training Center, covering the four-state region of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, helps to improve public health by strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership competencies of the public health workforce.
MPHTC is housed at the University of Iowa College of Public Health with community based training partners at the St. Louis University College of Public Health and Social Justice, Wichita State University, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. UI has housed a HRSA-funded public health training center since 2001.
For the current grant cycle, beginning in the summer of 2018, HRSA identified priority domains for all regional training centers including persuasive communication, systems thinking, and change management. HRSA also identified primary clinical topic areas: mental health, opioid abuse, and childhood obesity.