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ASPHER is the key independent European organisation dedicated to strengthening the role of public health by improving education and training of public health professionals for both practice and research.
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18 May 2022
War in Ukraine and Public Health 
Friday 20 May, 09h00 until 15h30, Gdansk and Zoom
The Medical University of Gdansk and ASPHER will hold a special meeting on the War in Ukraine and Public Health. Speakers include university colleagues from...
18 May 2022
War in Europe was widely perceived as a problem of the past. Consequently, European Schools Public Health have taught little about war and its consequences for population health. This has changed with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the accompanying...
11 May 2022
ASPHER included diversity competence as one of the elements of the ASPHER 2025 strategy, endorsing the need of bringing diversity more into the focus of public health education and training. Over the past 2 years, a working group consisting of senior...

WHO-ASPHER Competency Framework for the Public Health Workforce in the European Region

The WHO-ASPHER Competency Framework for the Public Health Workforce in the European Region is aimed at policy-makers, human resources for health planners and professionals with a particular interest in the public health workforce, and other stakeholders, such as education institutions, public health institutes and others responsible for implementing policy and professional organizations.

The WHO-ASPHER Competency Framework is intended to support the implementation of the European health policy framework Health 2020 and the pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals, in particular, Sustainable Development Goal 3 on universal health coverage. More specifically, they are produced in the context of WHO Regional Committee for Europe resolution EUR/RC67/R5 towards a sustainable health workforce in the WHO European Region: framework for action.

Member States are requesting guidance on how to build the capacity of the public health workforce. The WHO-ASPHER Competency Framework can serve as a point of departure for developing more context-specific competencies. This publication is designed to support the application to the public health workforce of the tools presented in The toolkit for a sustainable health workforce in the WHO European Region, including measures to strengthen education and performance, planning and investment, capacity-building, analysis and monitoring.