Public Health Practice: A History
Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Public Health, says that schools of public health are “somewhat isolated from the field of public health practice” and that there is a dearth of professional training and leadership in public health agencies and the development of necessary knowledge across the full spectrum of practice was inadequate.
The Public Health Faculty/Agency Forum is established to address this concern and to recommend ways to: 1) strengthen relationships between public health academicians and public health practitioners in public agencies; 2) improve the teaching, training, and practice of public health; 3) establish firm practice links between schools of public health and public agencies; and 4) collaborate with others in achieving the nation’s Year 2000 health objectives.
Forum members Dr. Andrew Sorenson (University of South Carolina president, 2002–2008) and Dr. Bialek issue final report, The Public Health Faculty/Agency Forum: Linking Graduate Education and Practice. The report recommends a variety of initiatives and strategies to improve the teaching and practice of public health by building meaningful collaborative relationships. The Forum issues a list of "Universal Competencies" to help guide education and training.
The Council on Linkages Between Academic and Public Health Practice is created, bringing together a coalition of representatives from 17 public health organizations.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services creates the Public Health Functions Steering Committee.
1997The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issues the steering committee’s report,The Public Health Workforce: An Agenda for the 21st Century.
The Association of Schools
of Public Health launches the first in its
in Excellence in Public Health Practice.
The field begins to build on the Council on Linkages’ core competencies.
The Council adopts the original set of Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals.
2002The Institute of Medicine releases Who Will Keep the Public Healthy? Educating Public Health Professionals for the 21st Century.
The Association of Schools of Public Health launches the Demonstration in Excellence in Practice-based Teaching for Public Health.
The Association of Schools of Public Health launches the Demonstration in Excellence in Research-based Teaching for Public Health.
The Council on Linkages Between Academic and Public Health Practice adopts new core competencies for public health practitioners.