Who Will Keep the Public Healthy?
Educating Public Health Professionals for the 21st Century
Kristine Gebbie, Linda Rosenstock, and Lyla M. Hernandez, Editors
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NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for their special competences and with regard for appropriate balance.
Support for this project was provided by Contract/Grant No. 042024 between the National Academy of Sciences and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views presented in this report are those of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Educating Public Health Professionals for the 21st Century and are not necessarily those of the funding agencies.
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Who will keep the public healthy? : educating public health professionals for the 21st Century / Kristine Gebbie, Linda Rosenstock, and Lyla M. Hernandez, editor(s).
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0-309-08542-X (hardcover)
1. Public health—Study and teaching. I. Gebbie, Kristine M. II. Rosenstock, Linda. III. Hernandez, Lyla M.
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COMMITTEE ON EDUCATING PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONALS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
KRISTINE GEBBIE, Dr.P.H., R.N. (co-chair), Associate Professor of Nursing,
School of Nursing, Columbia University
LINDA ROSENSTOCK, M.D., M.P.H. (co-chair), Dean,
School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles
SUSAN ALLAN, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., Health Director,
Arlington County Department of Human Services, Arlington, Virginia
KAYE BENDER, Ph.D., R.N., Deputy State Health Officer,
Mississippi State Department of Health
DAN BLAZER, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., J.P. Gibbons Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,
Duke University, and
Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina
SCOTT BURRIS, J.D., Professor,
School of Law, Temple University and
Center for Law and the Public’s Health, Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities
MARK CULLEN, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Public Health,
School of Medicine, Yale University
HAILE DEBAS, M.D., Dean,
School of Medicine, and
Medical Affairs, University of California, San Francisco
ROBERT GOODMAN, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A., Usdin Family Professor,
Health Sciences Center, Tulane University
ALAN E. GUTTMACHER, M.D., Deputy Director,
National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health
RITA KUKAFKA, Dr.P.H., M.A., Assistant Professor of Public Health (Sociomedical Sciences) and Department of Medical Informatics,
Mailman School of Public Health and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University
ROXANNE PARROTT, Ph.D., Professor,
College of Liberal Arts, Pennsylvania State University
SHEILA M. SMYTHE, M.S., Executive Vice President and Dean,
School of Public Health, New York Medical College
WILLIAM VEGA, Ph.D., Director,
Behavioral and Research Training Institute and
Professor of Psychiatry,
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
PATRICIA WAHL, Ph.D., Dean,
School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington
LYLA M. HERNANDEZ, M.P.H., Senior Program Officer, Study Director
MAKISHA WILEY, Senior Project Assistant
MARC EHMAN, M.P.H., Research Assistant through 05/03/02
ROSE MARIE MARTINEZ, Sc.D., Director,
Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
RITA GASKINS, Administrative Assistant,
Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the NRC’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report:
Susan Addis, M.P.H., M.Ur.S., Vice-Chair, Connecticut Health Foundation, Former Connecticut Commissioner of Health
Enriqueta C. Bond, Ph.D., President, Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Patricia Flatley Brennan, R.N., Ph.D., Moehlman Bascom Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wylie Burke, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Medical History and Ethics, University of Washington
Noreen M. Clark, Ph.D., Marshall H. Becker Professor and Dean of Public Health, University of Michigan
Eugenia Eng, M.P.H., Dr.P.H., Professor, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina
Bernard Guyer, M.D., M.P.H., Chair, Department of Population and Family Health Science, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
Jeanette Klemczak, Ph.D., R.N., Director, College of Nursing, Michigan State University
Deborah E. Powell, M.D., Dean and Assistant Vice President for Clinical Affairs, University of Minnesota School of Medicine
Joseph Telfair, Dr.P.H., M.S.W., M.P.H., Associate Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Thomas W. Valente, Ph.D., Director, Master of Public Health Program, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by M. Donald Whorton, M.D., M.P.H., WorkCare, Inc., Alameda, CA, appointed by the Institute of Medicine and Harold J. Fallon, M.D., IOM Home Secretary and Dean Emeritus, School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Bir-
mingham, appointed by the NRC’s Report Review Committee, who were responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.
Many people willingly shared their expertise and insights with the committee and staff during the course of this study. Their contributions invigorated committee deliberations and enhanced the quality of this report.
William L. Roper, M.D., M.P.H., conceived the idea to examine public health professional education in the 21st century, thereby prompting this study. The committee expresses its appreciation to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) for sponsoring the study and, in particular, to Pamela Williams Russo, M.D., M.P.H.
Elizabeth Fee, Ph.D., commissioned to write a paper on the history of public health education in the United States, provided a tremendously thorough and extremely readable paper that elucidated for the committee the issues, events, and evolution of public health education over the past century. Additionally, her comments on an earlier draft of this report were informative and helpful in clarifying ideas. The commissioned paper by James C. Thomas, M.P.H., Ph.D., on teaching public health ethics highlighted issues of critical importance to public health education and contributed greatly to the committee’s examination of the role of ethics in public health education.
The committee greatly appreciates the input of speakers whose presentations informed committee thinking including: Mohammad Akhter, M.D., M.P.H.; Elaine Auld, M.P.H.; Ronald Bialek, M.P.H.; Patricia P. Evans, M.P.H.; Virginia Kennedy, Ph.D.; Maureen Lichtveld, M.D., M.P.H.; William Livingood, Ph.D.; Samuel Shekar, M.D., M.P.H.; Harrison Spencer, M.D., M.P.H.; and Vaughn Upshaw, Ed.D., Dr.P.H. The committee extends its thanks to the Association of Schools of Public Health, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Association of County and
City Health Officials, and the Public Health Foundation for their thoughtful and detailed input about the challenges facing public health and the educational needs of public health professionals.
The Association of Schools of Public Health was also helpful in reviewing and distributing a committee survey. Their participation was critical to the successful conduct of this survey on progress made by schools of public health in implementing recommendations of the 1988 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Public Health. The committee is grateful to the 25 schools of public health at the following universities that took the time and put forth the effort to complete the survey:
Johns Hopkins University
Ohio State University
Saint Louis University
San Diego University
Texas A&M University
University of Alabama, Birmingham
University of Albany (SUNY)
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Massachusetts
University of Iowa
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Oklahoma
University of Pittsburgh
University of South Carolina
University of Texas, Houston
University of Washington
The work of this committee has been informed by several high quality IOM reports on relevant topics including: The Future of Public Health (1988); Linking Research and Public Health Practice: A Review of CDC’s Program of Centers for Research and Demonstration of Health Promotion and Disease (1997); America’s Vital Interest in Global Health (1997); Promoting Health: Intervention Strategies from Social and Behavioral Research (2000); Health and Behavior: the Interplay of Biological, Behavioral, and Societal Influences (2001); and Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care (2002). We acknowledge our indebtedness to the committees and staffs of these reports.
The committee was extremely fortunate in their staffing for this study. We wish to thank our study director, Lyla M. Hernandez, for her enormous effort in producing a clearly written, well-organized report that reflects the collective thought of the committee. Our appreciation also goes to Makisha Wiley for her administrative support, coordination of committee meetings, and maintenance of project files, and to Marc Ehman who provided research assistance throughout the initial phases of the project.