Continuing-education needs of the currently employed public health education workforce

Am J Public Health. 2001 Aug;91(8):1230-4. doi: 10.2105/ajph.91.8.1230.


Objectives: This study examined the continuing-education needs of the currently employed public health education workforce.

Methods: A national consensus panel of leading health educators from public health agencies, academic institutions, and professional organizations was convened to examine the forces creating the context for the work of public health educators and the competencies they need to practice effectively.

Results: Advocacy; business management and finance; communication; community health planning and development, coalition building, and leadership; computing and technology; cultural competency; evaluation; and strategic planning were identified as areas of critical competence.

Conclusions: Continuing education must strengthen a broad range of critical competencies and skills if we are to ensure the further development and effectiveness of the public health education workforce.

Publication types

  • Consensus Development Conference
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Credentialing
  • Education, Continuing*
  • Health Education / organization & administration
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Needs Assessment
  • Professional Competence / standards*
  • Public Health / education*
  • Public Health Practice / standards*
  • United States
  • Workforce