WHO Growth Chart Training

Category: Child & Adolescent Health

This course was developed by the CDC to train health care providers and others who measure and assess child growth on how to use the World Health Organization (WHO) growth standards to assess growth among infants and children ages birth to 2 years.

The WHO growth standard charts described in this training course apply only to children aged birth to 2 years. There are seven sections in this course:

  • Recommendations and Rational for Using the WHO Growth Charts in the United States
  • Creating the WHO Growth Standard for Infants and Young Children
  • Comparing Methodologies Used to Develop WHO and CDC Growth Charts for Children Birth to 2 Years of Age
  • Breastfeeding as the Norm for Infant Feeding
  • Using the WHO Growth Standard Charts
  • Summary
  • Case Examples

Self-assessment questions are included in each section. Supplemental materials are also available, including a course summary and references.

Intended Audience

health care providers such as nutritionists, registered nurses, pediatricians, and other providers who measure and assess child growth.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of the training, you will be able to

  • Discuss recommendations for using the WHO growth charts
  • Describe attributes of a growth reference versus a growth standard
  • Describe the differences between WHO and CDC growth charts for infants and young children aged 0-2 years
  • Discuss the effect of infant feeding on growth
  • Identify issues to consider when interpreting WHO growth charts


Pre-requisites/Learning Level

No pre-requisites

Competencies addressed

Public Health Science Skills, Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills

CEUs Offered





Online Self-Pace


1 hour

Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Technical requirements:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Speakers

Registration requirements

Register a free account

Creation and/or update

August 1, 2015