Improving global health education: Development of a global health competency model

Elizabeth Ablah, Dorothy A. Biberman, Elizabeth M. Weist, Pierre Buekens, Margaret E. Bentley, Donald Burke, John R. Finnegan, Antoine Flahault, Julio Frenk, Audrey R. Gotsch, Michael J. Klag, Mario Henry Rodriguez Lopez, Philip Nasca, Stephen Shortell, Harrison C. Spencer

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Although global health is a recommended content area for the future of education in public health, no standardized global health competency model existed for master-level public health students. Without such a competency model, academic institutions are challenged to ensure that students are able to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) needed for successful performance in today's global health workforce. The Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) sought to address this need by facilitating the development of a global health competency model through a multistage modified-Delphi process. Practitioners and academic global health experts provided leadership and guidance throughout the competency development process. The resulting product, the Global Health Competency Model 1.1, includes seven domains and 36 competencies. The Global Health Competency Model 1.1 provides a platform for engaging educators, students, and global health employers in discussion of the KSAs needed to improve human health on a global scale.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)560-565
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases


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