Creating training opportunities for public health practitioners

Danielle Greene, Cheryl Healton, Margaret Hamburg, Allan Rosenfield, Eve Cagan, William Van Wie, M. Lyndon Haviland

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In response to several reports issued by the federal government and private foundations on the under-training of public health practitioners, Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University (SPH) and the New York City Department of Health (NYC DOH) initiated the Public Health Scholars program (SPH-PHS) to make degree-level public health training available to NYC DOH employees. Public Health Scholars receive a 50% tuition scholarship and enroll part-time while working full-time at NYC DOH. Sixteen scholars have enrolled during the past three years. The SPH-PHS program is considered a success by both SPH and NYC DOH. This article details the history of the collaboration between the two agencies and the structure of the program and provides a critical analysis of the SPH-PHS program based on interviews with 16 scholars. It also examines the cost and benefit to other schools of public health of implementing such a program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)80-85
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of preventive medicine
Issue number3 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Apr 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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