In a recent article in Public Health Reports, Drs. Beth Resnick and Jonathon P. Leider of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Dr. Richard Riegelman of George Washington University examined the growth in public health education at the undergraduate level and assessed its potential effects on the public health field. Publicly available data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), and academic institutional websites were used to identify public health-related degrees and to analyze the distribution of public health undergraduate degree conferrals from 2003 through 2016 by race and geography. Results indicated that 75,165 undergraduate public health degrees were conferred during the period under study, with more than half conferred from 2011 through 2016. Moreover, public health education at the undergraduate level is rapidly evolving, diverse, and distinct from graduate level training. The authors concluded that more research should be conducted to articulate the differences in training at each level of public health education.
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