Professionalization of Public Health: an exploratory case study

Hilke Mansholt*, Katarzyna Czabanowska, Robert Otok, Jascha de Nooijer

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Introduction: Public health is continuously challenged by a shortage of workforce. There are various reasons for this: 1) public health is less visible than traditional health professions and people may be unfamiliar with the nature and opportunities involved in entering this career field; 2) lack of official recognition of public health as a professional category; and 3) no umbrella organization that supports its members and governs professional standards as is the case of other more established professions. To adequately address the challenges of public health for the 21st century, a key policy element will need to focus on adequately cultivating, training and growing the future workforce of professionals in the field. The aim of this study was to examine why professionalization of public health in Europe is not as robust as it deserves to be and what steps can be taken to assure an adequate supply of professionals with the proper education and training background, and career guidance to tackle the public health needs of the future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16
Number of pages1
JournalSouth Eastern European Journal of Public Health
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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