WHO Workforce

WHO Workforce Roadmap: GNAPH Endorsement

In May 2022, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched Building the public health and emergency workforce: A roadmap. The roadmap focuses around three critical action areas:

  1. Defining the essential public health functions and sub-functions for national contexts, including a focus on emergency preparedness and response
  2. Strengthening competency-based education for the provision of the essential public health functions
  3. Mapping and measurement of occupations delivering public health functions

The Global Network for Academic Public Health (GNAPH) is honored to be a signatory to this important publication and is proudly supporting and working closely with WHO in preparing the workforce we need to address current and future challenges. As a global network, we believe countries can learn from each other, and regionally there can be increased collaboration to pool resources and expertise. This implementation can be enabled through evidence-based guidance, innovative and disruptive ways of thinking to re-assess public health education, research, and practice.

The public health workforce is at the core of the health system and all essential public health functions. Operationalizing this roadmap has the potential to tremendously strengthen the health systems of countries across the world.