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Qualitative findings from a survey of lecturers in public health medicine

Lookup NU author(s): Dr David Chappel, Dr Colin Fischbacher


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Academic public health is an essential part of the public health function, educating practitioners and providing new research information. The recent White Paper - 'Saving Lives: Our Healthier Nation'- identified the need to improve academic public health, yet little is known about current content and standards of academic training. We sent a questionnaire to all lecturers in public health medicine in the United Kingdom on 01/06/98. Fifty- nine lecturers were in post on the census date, of whom 88% responded. Most trainees enjoyed their jobs, particularly the freedom to develop their interests, and felt they were getting good research experience. But supervision and training were often perceived as inadequate and poorly structured with no clear goals. Many reported problems with the service component of their work including difficulty fulfilling the requirements of academic and service training simultaneously fuelled by poor links between service and academic departments. This must be addressed if the public health function is to be strengthened in the way the White Paper envisages.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Chappel D, Fischbacher C, Edwards R, Oliver SE, Adshead F

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Public Health Medicine

Year: 2000

Volume: 2

Issue: 1

Pages: 8-12

Print publication date: 01/01/2000

ISSN (print): 1465-1505

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Publisher: Rila Publications Ltd.