versão impressa ISSN 0213-9111
DAVO, Mª Carmen e GRUPOS DEL TALLER DE COMPETENCIAS et al. Common competencies and contents in public health in graduate programs. Gac Sanit [online]. 2011, vol.25, n.6, pp. 525-534. ISSN 0213-9111. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0213-91112011000600015.
Objective: To identify fundamental public health competencies and contents in nursing, pharmacy, teaching, medicine, human nutrition and dietetics, optics and optometry, labor relations and human resources, and social work in graduate programs and to formulate proposals for their improvement. Methods: The workshop on Public health contents in graduate programs in the XXI Menorca Public Health School was organized as follows: eight groups were set up, coordinated by 37 Spanish university teachers participating in the workshop and selected through key informants and snowball techniques. Two studies on public health professional competencies and the participants' own graduate programs were used to discuss public health professional competencies and contents and establish recommendations to improve public health programs. Each group worked on a particular degree course and the results were shared in plenary. Results: Professional competencies for the three essential public health functions were indentified in all the degrees, except teaching, optics and optometry, and social work. Some of the competencies included in degrees in nursing, teaching, human nutrition and dietetics, and social work were rewritten to highlight the role of each type of professional in public health functions. The groups agreed on the introductory topics (basic concepts and health determinants) and intervention strategies. Conclusion: Common competencies and contents were identified in graduate programs. Updating public health contents in graduate programs would help to define and promote the profile of public health professionals.
Palavras-chave : Public health professionals; Professional competence; Graduate programs.