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Keywords

certificate program, public health workforce, training

 

Authors

  1. Davis, Mary V. DrPH, MSPH
  2. Plaisted Fernandez, Claudia DrPH, MS, RD, LDN
  3. Porter, Janet PhD
  4. McMullin, Katherine MPH

Abstract

Objectives: Public health workers need to be trained in the core public health sciences. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health created a Certificate in Core Public Health Concepts to meet the training needs of public health workers, primarily those working in state or local public health agencies.

 

Methods: This article examines the demographic, educational, job classification, and workplace characteristics of certificate program applicants from the first 3 years of the program. In addition, this article assesses student performance and graduate satisfaction with the program

 

Results: Among the 273 applications reviewed, the majority were from females. They worked in a variety of job classifications: 19% were public health agency workers, 64% were public health system workers, and 17% worked in other occupations. Nearly all students received High Pass or Pass grades on courses. Initial data on graduate satisfaction with the program are positive.

 

Conclusions: Implications of the findings for training the public health workforce are discussed.