Community Health Assessment

Donald A. Cibula, PhD; Lloyd F. Novick, MD, MPH; Cynthia B. Morrow, MD, MPH; Sally M. Sutphen, MSc, MPH
Date published
Jan, 2003
Last updated
21 Jan 2020


This case—community health assessment—is one of a series of teaching cases in the Case-Based Series in Population-Oriented Prevention (C-POP). It has been developed for use in medical school and residency prevention curricula. Community health assessment is key to understanding the health problems and priorities of a population. This case outlines a process by which the participants can complete a health assessment of a community using indicator-based methods. Students construct a set of health indicators from a variety of domains, evaluate problems, and report on the health priorities for a community. The students relate identified health issues to underlying behavioral risk factors.