Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)-accredited schools and programs of public health have a unique responsibility for meeting the training needs of the governmental public health workforce. More effective collaboration to improve employees’ public health-related job performance is recommended to support population health improvements. Governmental Public Health Workforce Development Report
The Governmental Public Health Workforce Development Expert Panel was formed to address the needs of the governmental public health agency workforce already in the field, defined as those in local, state, federal, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions. Its aim is to guide Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)-accredited schools and programs of public health (schools and programs) to most effectively meet governmental public health agency training needs for improving employees’ job performance in support of the population’s health.
With the understanding that the health system workforce is much larger and that graduates of schools and programs are hired to work across the entire health system, the panel recognizes the unique responsibility schools and programs have for providing training and support for the governmental public health agency workforce. This responsibility applies to all such workers, including those without formal training in public health or a related field.
Because of the value and consistency assured by accreditation, schools and programs should play a prominent role in providing training for the workforce. The panel also believes that schools and programs should enhance research, teaching, and service activities that are practice-based and which promote overall governmental public health agency capacity to meet health improvement goals.
In recognition of the scarcity of resources to support workforce training, the panel encourages schools and programs to offer learning opportunities where they already have strengths and, to the extent possible, where they could extend their reach. The panel also encourages formal and sustained collaboration among the national organizations representing academe and practice to advance the recommendations in this report with their constituencies, potential funders, and other vested decision makers.
School and program and governmental public health agency representatives are encouraged to develop memoranda of understanding and other agreements that facilitate engagement among their institutions.
The cross-cutting content listed below reflects contemporary examples of areas of study that are recommended in addition to discipline-specific content in specialty areas (such as infection control or health education) that students will acquire for employment in position-specific or professional job trajectories.
These content areas for governmental public health practice are consistent with the curriculum content articulated for various degree programs in public health as recommended by the Framing the Future Task Force. It is expected that schools and programs and governmental public health agency partners will revisit these areas on a regular basis.
This panel is jointly staffed by ASPPH and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers
The panel would like to recognize Dr. Darleen Peterson, PhD, MPH, MA, MCHES, Associate Professor & Director, Master of Public Health Program and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Community and Global Health, Claremont Graduate University & Claremont University Consortium, for her role on the panel from August 2014 – October 2014.