The goal of this study was to provide insight concerning the potential of credentialing public health workers through an exploratory examination of public health leaders'perceptions.
Qualitative and quantative procedures were used.
Credentialing issues were identified through the literature and through openended interviews with leaders and experts.
A 74-item Likert-type survey was used to quantify perceptions.
Key informants and survey participants were identified through pertinent organizations.
The public health leaders leaned toward consensus on some benefits of an concerns about credentialing.
There was no consensus related to a specific form of desired credentialing, although national certification was supported by a plurality.
State licensing and an emphasis on the master's in public health (MPH) degree were opposed by large margins.
Public health leadership survey results were similar to results of a survey of credentialing experts.
The lack of consensus and the vehemence of some opposing positions indicate that movements toward credentialing should proceed cautiously.
However, many of the response patterns indicate that the issue merits further exploration.
Mots-clés Pascal : Personnel sanitaire, Qualification, Perception sociale, Leadership, Evaluation professionnelle, Homme, Formation professionnelle, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health staff, Qualification, Social perception, Leadership, Professional evaluation, Human, Occupational training, United States, North America, America
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0348996
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 01/03/1996.