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Digital public health

Digital innovation is changing the way people live, work and learn. Digital public health is the combination of established public health knowledge with new digital approaches and tools.

We have developed a range of training and education content to support all health and care staff to:

  • identify people at risk of poor health
  • support early diagnosis
  • protect health
  • encourage healthy behaviours.

New content is added and refreshed regularly. 

The Population Wellbeing Portal is a central location for free e-learning and other training and education resources in population health, wellbeing and prevention. Resources include e-learning, toolkits, videos, webinars and various publications. Whatever your involvement with the public, these will support you in expanding your knowledge and skills to enable you to influence the health of the population. The portal links with All Our HealthPHE’framework of evidence to guide healthcare professionals in preventing illness, protecting health and promoting wellbeing.

Resources subjects includes: smoking, alcohol, nutrition and obesity, infection management, wellbeing and mental health prevention, relevant national policies and guidance and health improvement.

The Population Health Toolkit supports learners by providing links to free resources mapped to eleven core curriculum areas and learning objectives. This toolkit enables health and care organisations to implement population health approaches into their communities by improving knowledge of their workforces in this area.

Understanding the principles of population health is essential for every healthcare organisation because these principles have the potential to contribute significantly to improved health outcomes across the health and social care system.

This e-learning resource is intended to support leaders and service managers to guide their teams through the process of re-designing services to support prevention. Designed as a five-step process, the programme provides a practical toolkit of useful resources to help individuals and multidisciplinary teams identify their unique contribution and looks at ways to transform services. 

On 3 October 2018, the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 introduced a new legal duty on specified public services to prevent and relieve homelessness. All NHS emergency departments, urgent treatment centres and in-patient wards have a duty to refer people they consider may be homeless or threatened with homelessness to a local housing authority. The workforce in these services need to be equipped with the right skills and knowledge to identify and refer people experiencing or threatened with homelessness. 

This e-learning resource offers two sessions to support the health and care workforce to understand the health impacts of homelessness, identify different forms of homelessness and gain practical steps to making a referral. It also highlights ways your organisation can implement the duty effectively. 

Our Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation Programme is a free course which was developed in collaboration with HEE elearning for healthcare, Public Health England and the Campaign to End Loneliness. It highlights how health and social care staff and the wider public health workforce can recognise risk factors, risk groups, and apply simple interventions that will make a positive impact.  

The learner will: understand the importance of loneliness and social isolation (LSI) as a risk factor for negative health outcomes, be able to recognise people within their practice at risk of LSI, gain knowledge of the available range of evidence-based interventions for loneliness, and know how to refer or signpost those identified at risk of LSI. 

Read our loneliness blogs by HEE Head of Portfolio, Libby Potter and HEE's Head of School of Public Health for Yorkshire and the Humber, Val Barker

Want to learn more about this topic? Watch our Loneliness and Social Isolation webinar.   


This e-learning resource prepares GPs, nurses and other healthcare professionals to champion the benefits of physical activity with their patients and, in doing so, help prevent and/or manage a range of common physical and mental health conditions. The course familiarises the learner with the UK Chief Medical Officer's physical activity guidelines, the underpinning evidence base and how to incorporate it into their daily clinical care.