November 4, 2002
Running Time: 0:59:19
Who Will Keep the Public Healthy? Educating Public Health Professionals for the 21st Century, a new report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, suggests specific ways to improve public health professionals' capabilities to address new and complex challenges. Public health professionals in government health departments, other health services, community agencies, and universities have a shared responsibility to prevent illness and injury and keep communities healthy. Because the extent to which the nation can continue to protect the public's health depends in large part on the quality and preparedness of its public health work force, the findings of an inadequately prepared work force are of particular concern and need to be squarely addressed. In addition, the critical role the work force plays in responding to terrorist threats heightens the urgent need to make the changes recommended in the report.
Dean, School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles
Co-chair, Committee on Educating Public Health Professionals for the 21st Century.