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Exploring the multidisciplinary extent of public health career structures in 12 countries: an exploratory mapping

Manyara, Anthony; Buunaaisie, Camillus; Annett, Hugh; Bird, Emma; Bray, Issy; Ige, Janet; Jones, Mat; Orme, Judy; Pilkington, Paul; Evans, David

Authors

Anthony Manyara

Camillus Buunaaisie

Hugh Annett

Emma Bird Emma.Bird@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Public Health

Issy Bray Issy.Bray@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Head of Department, Research and Knowledge Exchange

Janet Ige Janet.Ige@uwe.ac.uk
Research Fellow in Health and Sustainability

Mathew Jones Matthew.Jones@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Public Health

Judy Orme Judy.Orme@uwe.ac.uk
Professor/Ins Director ISHE

David Evans David9.Evans@uwe.ac.uk
Professor in Health Services Research



Abstract

Background: While much is known about multidisciplinary public health (MDPH) professional practice in the UK which developed particularly in the 1990s, little is known about it in other settings especially low and middle-income countries (LMICs). This study reports on findings of a mapping review of public health career structures and an examination of how multidisciplinary they are in 12 countries. Methods: A 12-element template was used to collect data from relevant websites and key informants with public health experience in the 12 countries. Results: We found that while countries had similarities such as having MDPH professional organizations, there were differences in terms of public health specialty training programmes and openness of senior public health posts at various administrative levels to non-medical professionals. Conclusion: We conclude that there still gaps in MDPH career structures internationally. While this study provides preliminary knowledge on the subject, we recommend further research to inform debates and policies in MDPH professional practice especially in LMICs.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 1, 2018
Journal Journal of public health (Oxford, England)
Print ISSN 1741-3842
Electronic ISSN 1741-3850
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 40
Issue 4
Pages e538-e544
APA6 Citation Manyara, A., Buunaaisie, C., Annett, H., Bird, E., Bray, I., Ige, J., …Evans, D. (2018). Exploring the multidisciplinary extent of public health career structures in 12 countries: an exploratory mapping. Journal of Public Health, 40(4), e538-e544. https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdy057
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdy057
Keywords multidisciplinary, public health, international, career structures,
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdy057
Additional Information Additional Information : This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Journal of Public Health following peer review. The version of record [Manyara, A., Buunaaisie, C., Annett, H., Bird, E., Bray, I., Ige, J., Jones, M., Orme, J., Pilkington, P. and Evans, D. (2018) Exploring the multidisciplinary extent of public health career structures in 12 countries: An exploratory mapping. Journal of Public Health. ISSN 1741-3842] is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdy057.

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