The Working Group

The WFPHA Public Health Professionals' Education and Training Working group (PETWG) was formed in 2010 with 3 specific items in its action plan:

  1. Develop a strategy to globally harmonize essential public health functions and competencies based on practice needs (performance standards);
  2. Define and apply standards of quality for public health education and training (PEER Review, accreditation);
  3. Develop academic and institutional capacity (based on a needs and demand analysis).

The Members of the PETWG represent the Public Health workforce in its global variety and are therefore well-equipped to undertake the task at hand while bearing in mind the need for a flexible approach

For more information, please contact Dr. Priscilla Robinson.


The PET Working Group has had a successful year, meeting at the World Congress in Kolkata and beginning the development of a number of three main projects. 

First, the group will be exploring and consulting on whether there is a need for a clearer definition of both ‘education’ and ‘training’ related to public health, as well as looking at benchmarks for core curriculum contents within public health masters degrees. To read more about the Definitions of Terms related to Education and Training click here.

Second, the tool of massive open online courses (MOOCs) in delivering baseline public health education and training is really used, and particularly such platforms offer the potential to develop cross-institutional courses on topics such as Biostatistics and Epidemiology.  The PET Working Group plans to undertake a survey of universities already using MOOCs on Biostatistics and Epidemiology to identify in which public health courses they are already used, and how. 

Third, the PET will also analyze what skills employers are looking for in public health graduates, and whether many current courses provide the training for their graduates to meet these expectations.

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