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Improving Global Health Education: Development of a Global Health Competency Model


Ablah, Elizabeth; Biberman, Dorothy A.; Weist, Elizabeth M.; Buekens, Pierre; Bentley, Margaret E.; Burke, Donald S.; Finnegan, John R., Jr.; Flahault, Antoine; Frenk, Julio J.; & Gotsch, Audrey R., et al. (2014). Improving Global Health Education: Development of a Global Health Competency Model. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 90(3), 560-565. PMCID: PMC3945704


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 38 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.


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American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene


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