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Public Health Reports: Racial/Ethnic Diversity in Academic Public Health – 20-Year Update

In a recent article in Public Health Reports, Drs. Melody S. Goodman and Cheryl G. Healton and Mr. Jemar R. Bather of New York University, Ms. Christine M. Plepys, and Ms. Rita M. Kelliher of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), assessed data on the racial/ethnic makeup of student, graduate, and faculty populations within ASPPH-member institutions during 2016 to 2017 and how over the past 20 years these data have changed.  Results indicated that during graduate student enrollment, the 20-year increase in each non-White racial/ethnic subgroup was 5 percentage points. Among tenured faculty, the 20-year increase was greatest among Asians, at 8 percentage points, but was less than 3 percentage points for Black, Hispanic, and Native American faculty. The authors concluded that the increasing racial/ethnic diversity among students, graduates, and faculty in public health-related schools and programs contributes to similar increases in racial/ethnic diversity in the public health workforce. Additionally, public health-related schools and programs should seek out groups of underrepresented racial/ethnic students using holistic application review processes, offer enrolled students racially/ethnically diverse role models and mentors, and dedicate staffing to ensure a student-centered approach.

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