Training for Interdisciplinary Research in Population Health Science
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Training programs that produce scientists with the competencies needed for population health science are in short supply. Some related programs have emerged within schools of public health, public policy, health professional schools, and liberal arts programs, but most are limited in cross-disciplinary range, health outcomes considered, and attention to cross-disciplinary skills and skills for knowledge translation and exchange. The one postdoctoral program explicitly targeted to produce population health scientists closed in 2016. At the same time, complex global health challenges and soaring health care costs, persistent health disparities, and lagging health indicators for the U.S. have triggered a rapidly increasing demand for population health science and the solutions it can offer for improving population health. The recommendations and model training program advanced by a distinguished group of scientists and practitioners provide a foundation for moving forward. This vision provides a path for ensuring that training in cross-disciplinary population health science not only remains available, but also benefits from lessons learned in earlier programs and becomes increasingly responsive to the needs of knowledge users. Through building creative partnerships around this vision, we can ensure a robust future pipeline of leaders with the scientific and translational skills to improve the health of our population.
KeywordsPopulation Health Training Evaluation Competencies Recommendations Interdisciplinary
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