Developing workforce capacity in public health informatics: Core competencies and curriculum design

In this 2019 paper published in Frontiers in Public Health, Wholey et al. propose a curriculum for an effective and modern public health informatics (PHI) higher education program. Drawing competencies from computer, information, and organizational sciences, the researchers provide program design objectives, competencies, and challenges involved in implementing such a curriculum focused on the professional role of the informatician. Based on the information systems program of Carnegie Mellon, the authors report that their proposed curriculum has already seen success with its implementation at the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. They conclude that the proposed curriculum “is a starting point,” keeping in mind that practices, knowledge, and technology change often, requiring program vigilance for improvement to best ensure “an effective and relevant workforce that can navigate the changing trends of public health to improve population health.”

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