226984 Transforming the future: What are the critical competencies to prepare the next generation of global health professionals

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 2:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Sarah Hohl , Department of Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Julie Beschta, MPH , Department of Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Stephen Gloyd, MD, MPH , Health Alliance International, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Judith N. Wasserheit, MD, MPH , Department of Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Amy Hagopian, PhD , School of Public Health, Dept of Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Objectives: We investigated how universities can design curriculum to optimally prepare students and professional trainees who will effectively address current and future global health needs. Methods: We conducted 25 semi-structured interviews with leaders from 27 global health philanthropies, implementing organizations and academic or research institutions. Results: Respondents emphasized that global health professionals must be adequately trained to address future issues of disease and health systems as well as social and environmental determinants of health. They stressed the need for universities to create visionary, culturally competent global health leaders who are able to bridge across multiple disciplines and sectors. They also emphasized a need for applied, experiential, and “real world” learning approaches to curriculum, with opportunities for students to develop practical skills, such as management. Conclusions: Global health curriculum should include experiential, as well as didactic approaches to facilitate interdisciplinary team learning. Global health professionals must understand a broad range of biological, social, economic, political and environmental determinants of health, implement interventions that bridge across these diverse factors, and manage large, complex systems using strong leadership skills to marshal cooperation and build coalitions among groups both within and beyond the health sector. Training in these competencies will require new educational models that may catalyze broader changes in preparation of health professionals and health systems.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Diversity and culture
Public health or related education
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify the critical competencies of future global health professionals. 2. Design curriculum recommendations for universities with global health training programs.

Keywords: International Public Health, Training

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: this is my Master of Public Health Thesis work.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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