Cities Leading the Way: Determining How Prepared Recent MPHs are for the Governmental Public Health Workforce

Grant Amount: $24,679
Recipient: National Association of County and City Health Officials

In spring 2011, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DHMH) conducted a survey of hiring managers to ascertain what competencies they expect of the masters of public health (MPH) graduates they hire. The purpose of the survey was to identify critical gaps in public health training and inform graduate education redesign to better prepare the next generation of public health workers.

The Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC) is replicating this study in at least 25 member health departments to inform national-level policy and engage schools and programs of public health and other stakeholders in addressing training and workforce changes. In addition to the survey, BCHC will conduct key informant interviews and hold an in-person convening with key stakeholders.