Dr. Harrison Spencer, president and CEO of ASPPH, met with several institutions in Taiwan and Hong Kong on January 25-28 to discuss the ongoing transformation of public health education.
Health professional education institutions around the world, including schools and programs of public health, are all facing the same challenges as ASPPH members. Health systems are changing rapidly and health professional education needs to be transformed to best prepare students for the health workforce of today and the future. The trip was also in line with the Global Health Committee’s priority to develop and strengthen relationships with global partners.
Dr. Spencer had the opportunity to meet with Dean Wei Chen at National Taiwan University College of Public Health (ASPPH member), as well as faculty and staff. He also visited the Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he presented a lecture entitled “Transforming Public Health Education for a Changing World” as part of the Centre for Global Health Distinguished Lecture Series. To conclude the trip, Dr. Spencer met with colleagues at Taipei Medical University College of Public Health, as well as the University of Hong Kong School of Public Health, where he was joined by Dean Gary Raskob, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Public Health, and chair of the ASPPH Board of Directors.
ASPPH looks forward to continuing these conversations with Asian colleagues.