Continuing-education needs of public health educators: their perspectives.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The objective of the study described in this article was to determine the perceived continuing-education needs of employed public health educators. A three-wave mailing of a questionnaire was sent to a national sample of 500 public health educators who were asked to rate their preparation on 41 subcompetencies. Of 299 returned surveys (63%), 149 indicated that they were not currently practicing public health educators. Thus, analysis was based on 150 respondents. Six subcompetencies were perceived by 25% or more of the respondents as topics in which they needed more training. Health educators reported a need for continuing education, focused primarily on administration and evaluation of programs and applying appropriate research principles. Furthermore, the public health educators overwhelmingly preferred to attend a conference or workshop (85%) as their method of obtaining further continuing education. Health education programs and professional organizations need to take note of the identified continuing-education needs when developing future educational programs to adequately update health educators.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Price, JH; Akpanudo, S; Dake, JA; Telljohann, SK

Published Date

  • March 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 156 - 163

PubMed ID

  • 14967983

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1078-4659

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00124784-200403000-00010


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States