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.
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