Problems and progress in public health education
Alena Petrakova, Ritu Sadana
Further development of public health education is critical to improve population health globally. A debate on the relevance and direction of some 400 schools of public health and many other related institutions around the world is therefore timely. Some argue that most public health schools set up in low-income countries blindly follow their counterparts in high-income countries, reproducing classroom-based teaching, churning out epidemiologists with limited understanding of how to work within a health system to address local needs or how to align multiple partners towards population and equity health objectives. Others argue that schools in high-income countries focus on the science, whereas those in low-income countries plagued with resource constraints focus exclusively on the art. This round table discussion asks deans and directors of schools of public health from around the world to identify innovations in public health training, research and practice that will render schools relevant to health and development challenges.