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Developing a Questionnaire (FOCUS, Volume 2.2)

Length: 40 minutes
Description:This focus issue discusses the steps in creating a questionnaire, the categories of information typically collected, types of questions, and organization of the questionnaire.
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This training was developed with the support of the UNC Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (UNC PERLC), a funded project of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC Cooperative Agreement 1U90TP000415).

Learning Objectives

Training Personnel


Jeanette K. Sterh-Green, MD

Paul A. Sterh-Green, DrPH

Amy Nelson, PhD, MPH


FOCUS Workgroup

The author(s) and reviewer(s) of this training have no personal financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this presentation to disclose. Author, narrator, reviewer affiliations listed were current at the time of training development.

Competencies and Capability Functions Addressed

This training addresses selected applied epidemiology, core public health, and public health preparedness and response competencies and public health preparedness capability functions. (Please note: The competencies included on this site are just a few of the public health competencies which have been established. Training participants may find alignment between this training and other competency sets not included on this site.)

Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals Tier 1
1A8. Collects valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data (1: Analytical/Assessment Skills)
Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals Tier 2
1B8. Collects valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data (1: Analytical/Assessment Skills)
Public Health Preparedness Capabilities
Capability 13, Function 2: Conduct public health and epidemiological investigations
Public Health Preparedness & Response Core Competencies
2.4. Collect data according to protocol.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health, Department of Maternal and Child Health (2003). Data Skills Online: A Maternal and Child Health Toolbox. "Designing Questionnaires."