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ABSTRACT: Training in injury prevention and control represents a major deficit in the fields of health promotion and public health. Internet-based distance learning is an innovative method of offering continuing education to professionals, but this approach has not yet been widely researched or implemented with public health audiences. VINCENTweb involved the development and evaluation of a no-cost continuing education course on injury prevention and control presented exclusively on the World Wide Web. The course was evaluated using online surveys at baseline and follow-up. Participants, especially those with lower education levels, provided positive feedback about the course and reported high levels of learning and satisfaction. This article describes the development and evaluation of VINCENTweb and discusses the implications for developing future Internet-based courses in public health.
Health Promotion Practice 05/2003; 4(2):120-8.