Training in Interdisciplinary Population Health Science: A Vision for the Future A meeting hosted by the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement

When: June 1, 2015 - June 2, 2015 (8:00 AM Eastern)

Topics Children, Youth and Families, Education, Public Health
Activity: Roundtable on Population Health Improvement
Board: Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice

This expert meeting will develop a vision for training the next generations of scientists in population health science. Population health science is an interdisciplinary science that develops an integrated understanding, from cells to society, of the determinants of health and health disparities. The field also emphasizes the translation of such knowledge to improve the health of populations and reduce health disparities. While population health science holds great promise for advancing new approaches to improving health and reducing health disparities, the future of training in this area is uncertain. The only national post-doctoral training program specifically focused on training in population health science will end as of August 2016. On the first day of this meeting, participants reviewed goals and principles and existing models in population health training from the undergraduate to mid-career levels. On the second day, breakout groups developed a set of feasible strategies for developing a robust future pipeline of interdisciplinary population health scientists. The product of this meeting will be a summary discussion that could serve as a blueprint for refining and developing future training in population health science.

The Roundtable on Population Health Improvement has commissioned a paper on training in interdisciplinary health science. The paper can be found under “Meeting Attachments” on the right-hand side of this page. The paper incorporates feedback received in response to the draft posted in March.

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