The Association of Schools of Public Health Education Committee has formed a new task force to guide the Framing the Future: The Second Hundred Years of Education for Public Health initiative. The Framing Task Force is pleased to launch a new website and blog that will be used both to share timely news about the project and serve as an interactive forum for comments, concerns, and ideas from interested parties.
Composed of 39 distinguished representatives from practice and academe, the Framing Task Force is chaired by Dean Donna Petersen (South Florida); the full roster of members is available here. The task force aims to reconsider the role of public health education 100 years after the Welch-Rose Report and develop a new vision for public health education in the future. This vision will be developed through engaged discussion and extensive dialogue with the full range of public health constituencies.
The task force was formed after a series of conversations regarding the changing nature of public health, public health practice and public health education. From the explosive growth of undergraduate public health education, to the emergence of professional doctoral degrees in the health professions; from the call for an educated citizenry in public health by the Institute of Medicine, to the continued desire of a variety of professions, both health and non-health related, to integrate public health content in their academic programs; and from a historic commitment to the traditional public health workforce, to increasing calls for other sectors, including the community-at-large, to be more familiar with population health concepts; public health has become both a foundational component and an innovative vehicle for education efforts at many levels.
The task force intends to rethink the continuum of education in public health, from undergraduate through doctoral levels and from interdisciplinary and interprofessional perspectives, with the needs of the changing workforce ever forefront in our deliberations.
The project website can be accessed here and includes a blog, in which Dean Petersen kicks off the national conversation with the following question:
- What do you believe should be the essential elements of a newly designed public health education system in the 21st century United States?”
The Framing Task Force welcomes your thoughts, ideas, concerns, and questions. To weigh in on the blog, click here.
In addition, task force representatives and/or project staff are available to speak to and hear from key constituencies about the initiative, either by phone or in person. For more information, contact ASPH project staff member Ms. Liz Weist (firstname.lastname@example.org).