Ohio Policymaking Basics


This on-line self-study course consists of a single module that will introduce participants to the process, structure, actions, and decision-making bodies related to policy in Ohio. This module is designed as self-paced, interactive, independent learning and focuses on wellness and prevention issues.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Define public policy
  • Identify three examples of public policy related to wellness and prevention
  • Name three factors or individuals who influence policy
  • Name three ways authorities influence behavior through policy
  • List three types of policymakers who make decisions that impact wellness and prevention
  • Describe how state government is organized
  • List three types of public figures who make decisions that impact wellness and prevention
  • Identify how legislation, the state budget, and rules and regulations are made in Ohio
  • Name three ways to advocate for prevention

The associated Council on Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals are: 2A2, 2A3, 2A4, 2A7, 5A3, 5B3, 5C3.


The target audience for the course is governmental public health workers, non-profit professionals, and individuals who work in other organizations and wish to impact public policy related to wellness and prevention. It is also appropriate for lay persons interested in public policy and advocacy.


There is no cost to participate in this module.

Continuing Eductation

This continuing education activity has been approved by the Ohio State Board of Sanitarian Registration for 1 hour.

Sponsored by the Center for Public Health Practice (MEP2939), a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., this program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I contact hours in health education. Maximum advanced-level contact hours available are 0.0.

The course is approved for 1.0 CPH CEs.

This continuing nursing education activity was approved for 1.0 contact hour by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on accreditation. Approval valid through 6/1/2016.

Contact us at CPH-Practice@osu.edu or 614-292-2291 for more information about continuing education contact hours.

Completion requirements: The completion of an online quiz and evaluation are required to complete this course and to receive continuing education credit and/or a certificate of completion.


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This content was created by the Health Policy Institute of Ohio’s (HPIO) Wellness and Prevention Collaborative, now the Ohio Wellness and Prevention Network. This network shares information about advocacy, messaging, and emerging policy opportunities, and brings Ohio prevention organizations together to build capacity to communicate more effectively with public policymakers about the critical importance of investing in prevention and ensuring that all Ohioans live in healthy communities that support healthy behaviors.

The module is sponsored by the Center for Public Health Practice, located in the College of Public Health at The Ohio State University.


The module is made possible, in part, by the Ohio Public Health Training Center, grant number UB6HP20203, from the Health Resources and Services Administration, DHHS, Public Health Training Center Program. Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of HRSA.

There is no commercial support for this module, nor do the presenters and planning committee members have any conflict of interest. There will be no mention of off-labeled product uses.


Please direct content inquiries to:

Amy Bush Stevens, MSW, MPH

Health Policy Institute of Ohio



Please direct registration and continuing education inquiries to  CPH-Practice@osu.edu or 614-292-2291



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