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New public health workforce training

The public health workforce (PHW) is multi-disciplinary and multi-professional in character. It encompasses a core PHW that identifies with a primary public health role and a wider PHW that includes health professionals and people that contribute to public health through their actions.

This diversity is the strength of the PHW, but also a threat due to variable training, lack of clear career paths, and difficulties in organization, advocacy and workforce development.

To meet current and coming public health challenges, emphasis will need to be put on professional education, recruitment and retention of staff, and continued professional development. This is reflected in the dichotomy where, a large number of public health graduates are unable to find work in public health roles, while up to two-thirds of those delivering public health services lack formal public health training.

The Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) is dedicated to strengthening the role of public health by improving education and training of public health professionals for both practice and research. As such we maintain an open call for papers on the topic of training the Public Health Workforce in the ASPHER society journal, Public Health Reviews.

We are interested in articles that address, but are not limited to the following:

  • The creation of defined professional profiles and job descriptions
  • The development of training programmes and resources to meet needs and expectations
  • Systems for certification, registration and regulation of the public health workforce.

This collection is open for submissions of review articles, case studies, meeting reports and commentaries, which will undergo the journal’s normal peer review process and be subject to an article-processing charge. Manuscripts should be formatted according to our submission guidelines and submitted via the online submission system. In the submission system please make sure that the correct collection title is chosen at the 'Additional Information' step. Please also indicate clearly in the covering letter that the manuscript is to be considered for this collection.

Publication charges for this collection were funded by ASPHER. Articles have undergone the journal's standard peer-review process overseen by the Handling Editor, who declares no competing interests.

View all collections published in Public Health Reviews.

  1. Saudi Arabia is currently passing through a transformational phase. There is a huge demand on the Saudi healthcare system to provide better healthcare facilities to the rapidly increasing Saudi population, as ...

    Authors: Mohammed Khaled Al-Hanawi, Sami A. Khan and Hussein Mohammed Al-Borie
    Citation: Public Health Reviews 2019 40:1
  2. Violence against women is an acknowledged public and global health problem which has adverse consequences for women’s health. Education, especially higher education, has long been identified as an important ar...

    Authors: Leah Okenwa-Emgwa and Eva von Strauss
    Citation: Public Health Reviews 2018 39:31
  3. There is increasing recognition that improving health and tackling inequalities requires a strong public health workforce capable of delivering key public health functions across systems. The World Health Orga...

    Authors: Selena F. Gray and David Evans
    Citation: Public Health Reviews 2018 39:14
  4. Public health leaders are confronted with complex problems, and developing effective leadership competencies is essential. The teaching of leadership is still not common in public health training programs arou...

    Authors: Karen D. Könings, Nynke de Jong, Christa Lohrmann, Linas Sumskas, Tony Smith, Stephen J. O’Connor, Ingrid A. E. Spanjers, Jeroen J. G. Van Merriënboer and Katarzyna Czabanowska
    Citation: Public Health Reviews 2018 39:13
  5. Education and training of undergraduate health science students in public health are insufficient in many parts of the world. This lack is a risk as early interest in specialist training options is a predictor...

    Authors: Arauna Louw, Astrid Turner and Liz Wolvaardt
    Citation: Public Health Reviews 2018 39:11
  6. The logistical and operational challenges to improve public health practice capacity across Africa are well documented. This report describes Kenya’s Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program’s (KFELT...

    Authors: Zeinab Gura Roka, Jane Githuku, Mark Obonyo, Waqo Boru, Tura Galgalo, Samuel Amwayi, Jackson Kioko, David Njoroge and James Anthony Ransom
    Citation: Public Health Reviews 2017 38:23
  7. In this paper, we describe the development process of the first undergraduate public health baccalaureate program, in the Ashkelon Academic College in Israel. Expansion of degree-granting colleges in Israel is...

    Authors: Osnat Bashkin and Theodore Herzl Tulchinsky
    Citation: Public Health Reviews 2017 38:11
  8. The Epidemic Intelligence Service officers (EISOs) at the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH)/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) respond to public health outbreaks, assist pub...

    Authors: Yulia I. Carroll, Fauzia A. Rashid, Henry Falk and Meredith M. Howley
    Citation: Public Health Reviews 2017 38:1