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The Massachusetts Public Health Training Hub program, funded by the MA Department of Public Health (DPH) and coordinated by the Office of Local and Regional Health (OLRH) aims to strengthen the competencies and capacity of the local public health workforce and to develop leaders in transforming the local public health system. The program is based on the Performance and Workforce Standards envisioned in the Blueprint for Public Health. It facilitates uniform and standardized training of regional and municipal staff members, and board of health members, throughout the state.

The Franklin-Hampshire Training Hub covers 51 municipalities, primarily in Franklin & Hampshire Counties, with some communities in Worcester & Hampden Counties. The regional training hubs are a cornerstone of the DPH’s Office of Local and Regional Health’s Workforce Development initiatives to strengthen the competencies and capacity of the local public health workforce to not only meet the current Performance Standards, but to develop leaders in transforming the local public health system.

Training hubs will follow a 3-tiered model that includes basic self-paced on-line training modules, in-depth knowledge-based competency development in the classroom, and hands-on competency and skills development at a local site.

This map shows the Public Health Excellence sub-regions served by the Franklin-Hampshire Public Health Training Hub.
Three-Tiered Training

Tier 1 Foundational Knowledge

Please download and review the Food and Housing Handbook 5.5.2024 2024 (PDF, 189 KB) details regarding prerequisite online coursework. (This must must be completed before Tier 2 in-person class registration.)

Tier 2 Intensive Training

Inspectors must complete pre-requisite Tier 1 Foundational Knowledge online courses (see above) prior to registering for the Tier 2 LPHIT in-person classes,

FOOD – Tier 2 Intensive Training Opportunities

-There are currently no LPHIT Food – Tier 2 Intensive Training classes scheduled. Check back later for updates!

HOUSING Tier 2 Intensive Training Opportunities

-There are currently no LPHIT Housing- Tier 2 Intensive Training classes scheduled. Check back later for updates!

Tier 3 Applied Practice

Ten regional training hubs are a cornerstone of the program by implementing Tier 3. The Franklin-Hampshire Training Hub covers 51 municipalities, primarily in Franklin & Hampshire Counties, with some communities in Worcester & Hampden Counties. Trainer Bri Dupras will provide each inspector with on-site training in conducting a variety of types of inspections. The FHTH will also provide support and capacity building opportunities to Board of Health clerks in the two counties.

Workforce Standards & Registered Sanitarian Info

Recommended education, training, and credentialing from the MA special Commission on Local and Regional Health
Required education, training, and credentialing from the MA special Commission on Local and Regional Health. This image can also be downloaded as a PDF in the Resources section below.

The MA Office of Local and Regional Health (OLRH) has adopted the National Environmental Health Association’s (NEHA) Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS) exam as the required exam for the Massachusetts Registered Sanitarian credential. Read more about the exam, and find answers to frequently asked questions regarding MA credentialing below.

Those who have passed the REHS/RS exam within the past 36 months must apply for the Massachusetts RS credential. Review the application process

For current REHS/RS credential holders, who took and passed the exam over 36 months ago, a reciprocity application is in the works. Once available, the OLRH will announce the process on the bi-weekly LBOH webinar and OLRH webpage.

Once you are licensed in MA, you no longer have to renew with NEHA; however, the MA credential is only valid in MA where the NEHA credential is nationally recognized.

Yes- the Western MA Public Health Association has two different study guides available to borrow:

  1. NEHA REHS/RS Study Guide
  2. Walter Saraniecki – REHS Examination Review Course Workbook

To request a study book, contact Bri Dupras.

Eligible individuals should apply to take the exam through NEHA first. Once passed, you will then apply to become a MA RS.

  1. NEHA exam application: https://www.neha.org/rehs-eligibility-apply
  2. MA RS application: https://www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-for-a-credential

Resources

Staff
Bri Dupras, REHS/RS

Bri Dupras, REHS/RS

Lead Public Health Trainer

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Liz Jacobson-Carroll

Liz Jacobson-Carroll

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Public Health Permitting and Training Coordinator

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Phoebe Walker headshot.

Phoebe Walker

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Director of Community Health

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