What training and competencies are required for public health practitioners to support the digital transformation of public health? A rapid review
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School of Population and Public Health (SPPH), University of British Columbia (UBC) British Columbia Centre for Disease Control Canada
School of Health Information Science, University of Victoria, BC
British Columbia Centre for Disease Control Canada
Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Ontario
School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria, BC Canada
Publication date: 2023-04-26
Popul. Med. 2023;5(Supplement):A704
The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of digital technologies (DTs) in sustaining health systems especially in crises but emphasized gaps in the workforce’s capacity to deploy DTs, while upholding ethical, social justice and health equity principles. Current practice and competency frameworks have not adequately considered prominent roles DTs play in contemporary public health. Many public health training institutions have struggled to integrate DTs in their curricula. To support updates to Canadian public health curricula, we are conducting a rapid review to identify training and practice competency recommendations to enhance public health practitioners’ capacity to support the digital transformation of public health.

Following the World Health Organization’s (2017) guidelines for rapid reviews, we searched OVID Medline, OVID Embase, ERIC, and Web of Science for peer-reviewed articles using search terms related to public health, digital health, and training and practice competencies. We also searched Google scholar, public health agency and public health training associations’ websites. We included articles proffering training and practice competencies recommendations for DTs among population and public health practitioners, published in English between January 2010 and December 2022. We excluded articles exploring a solely medical perspective.

Our search returned 1695 titles and abstracts. Screening will occur in two phases. First, we are reviewing titles and abstract based on above inclusion and exclusion criteria, before repeating the process with full texts. We will extract recommendations for training and practice competencies, and disciplinary perspectives and educational approaches required to facilitate identified recommendations.

This review is a first step in efforts to fill human resource capacity gaps related to DTs. Considering this review synthesizes training and practice competency recommendations worldwide, we will further conduct environmental scans and focus groups with Canadian public health practitioners and researchers to identify recommendations that can be integrated in the Canadian context.

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