Online Program

Defining PH essential functions and competencies

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 3:10 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Ehud Miron, MD, Ministry of Health, Israel, Nazareth, Israel
The PH essential functions concept has been widely adopted. However different models for the same conceptual framework abound, leading to fractionalization and insular activities on the basis of the different models. As part of the process of achieving a globally accepted framework of essential public health functions the WFPHA has promoted the establishment of a taskforce representing major national, regional and international organizations in public health. The essential functions work is part of a larger effort to achieve harmonization in what we expect of public health professionals to be able to do - their competencies. The proposed model for aligning training and education of public health professionals with public health system performance and measurements at system level and individual level is a starting point towards increasing professionalization in public health and achieving much needed standardization and a common vocabulary for public health professionals.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related education
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe existing public health functions models Describe and discuss the problem of lacking global standards in public health and negative impact on professionalization Describe the rationale and relationship of public health competencies and public health system performance

Keyword(s): Public Health, Public Health Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am chairing the workgroup on public health professionals education and training at the WFPHA and leading a taskforce on Global Public Health Essential Functions
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.