Efforts to develop the public health workforce since 2001 have benefited from increased funding resulting from concerns over terrorism and other public health threats. This largesse has been accompanied by the need for greater accountability for results. The size, composition, and distribution of the public health workforce have long been policy concerns. Production and retention of public health workers remain important issues,although new dimensions of readiness are also taking center stage. We offer here policy recommendations in the areas of assessing the public health workforce and its needs,organizing development efforts around essential competencies for public health practice,credentialing workers, and accrediting agencies. [Health Affairs 25, no. 4 (2006): 923–933; 10.1377/hlthaff.25.4.923
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