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Rationale for a Public Health Informatics Curriculum
Journal of Applied Learning Technology (2014)
  • Murray R. Berkowitz
In 2001, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report "Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the Twenty-first Century" specifically identified information technology (IT) as one of the areas essential to improving the quality of healthcare in the United States. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has identified Public Health Informatics as one of the four domains of the National Health Information Infrastructure. Of the 18 NLM/NIH-sponsored informatics programs nationwide, only 6 have any component involving some aspects of "Public Health Informatics." Only one has a Masters-level curriculum in public health informatics -- this leading to the Master of Science degree. The rationale for a proposed professional curriculum in Public Health Informatics leading to the professionally accredited Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree is discussed. The relevant literature is reviewed and discussed. Informatics curricula from various nations are examined. Directions for future efforts to design and implement advanced education and training opportunities in a Public Health Informatics curriculum are presented.
Publication Date
Winter 2014
Citation Information
Murray R. Berkowitz. "Rationale for a Public Health Informatics Curriculum" Journal of Applied Learning Technology Vol. 4 Iss. 1 (2014) p. 6 - 10
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