Welcome to the new century of public health education

The ASPPH Framing the Future initiative presents a new vision for education in public health for the 21st century.

ASPPH established the Framing the Future Task Force to better prepare graduates for success in a changing world and global marketplace. This comprehensive initiative to advance public health education was timed to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the seminal Welch-Rose report of 1915.

Thought leaders collaborate to guide initiative

A large and diverse group of contributors came together around a shared commitment to develop the frameworks offered in the Framing the Future Initiative. Their efforts took place over a three-year period, the draft results of which were vetted through an open and inclusive process.

Education in public health will continue to evolve

The Framing the Future frameworks provide actionable guidelines designed to stimulate positive change for improving education in public health. The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) drew from these recommendations for their 2016 accreditation criteria revisions. We expect that the frameworks will evolve and expand over time, as adopted and improved by CEPH’s and others’ efforts. ASPPH leaders and staff continue to solicit feedback and ideas on these frameworks through various tools on the ASPPH website, such as Online Communities, and via webinars, meetings, and social media. Meet the Contributors

The vision for public health education

The task force recommends transformations in public health degree programs (baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral levels), increased understanding of public health among clinical and other professions, and enhanced collaboration with governmental public health agencies for improving the preparation of their workforce.

Chair's Call to Action

“By challenging existing notions of the way public health is taught and encouraging ongoing efforts by educators, researchers, and practitioners with vested partners and citizens at all levels in society, the Framing the Future: The Second 100 Years of Education for Public Health Task Force is accelerating change and inspiring innovations in producing leaders in education and in public health who are helping to create a healthier nation and world.

On the 100 year anniversary of the Welch-Rose report, the task force presents a set of frameworks that reflect intense conversations among many individuals at a point in time and encourages experimentation and continued conversations on the exciting topics covered on these pages. These frameworks are meant to be tried and tested, adapted for our unique circumstances, critiqued when needed, and continuously enhanced toward local and global transformations in our field. Topics to address going forward are also included for future exploration and others can be added as our collective knowledge and experience grows.

Thank you for your interest in and support for this critical initiative and welcome to the second hundred years of education in public health!”

Donna J. Petersen, ScD, MHS, CPH, Chair, Framing the Future Task Force, Dean, College of Public Health, Professor, Global Public Health, Senior Associate Vice President, USF Health, University of South Florida

Blue Ribbon Employers Advisory Board Report

Framing the Future Expert Panels


The MPH Degree: Transition to a 21st Century Model

Professionals with a purpose

The MPH Framework

The DrPH

The DrPH Degree Prepares Transformative Leaders

Reenvisioning the foremost professional degree

The DrPH Framework

Themes to Address for the Future


Educating for Public Health in Grades K-12

Building an early foundation

K-12 Trends