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The Future of Careers at the Intersection of Climate Change and Public Health: What Can Job Postings and an Employer Survey Tell Us?

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Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, 722 W. 168th St., 1003, New York, NY 10032, USA
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Care and Public Health Research Institute (CAPHRI), Maastricht University Department of International Health, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, 6211 Maastricht, The Netherlands
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Institute of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Jagiellonian University, 31-007 Krakow, Poland
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National Institute of Public Health, 00-791 Warsaw, Poland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(4), 1310; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17041310
Received: 30 December 2019 / Revised: 4 February 2020 / Accepted: 12 February 2020 / Published: 18 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Future Health Workforce: Integrated Solutions and Models of Care)
Climate change is acknowledged to be a major risk to public health. Skills and competencies related to climate change are becoming a part of the curriculum at schools of public health and are now a competency required by schools in Europe and Australia. However, it is unclear whether graduates of public health programs focusing on climate change are in demand in the current job market. The authors analyzed current job postings, 16 years worth of job postings on a public health job board, and survey responses from prospective employers. The current job market appears small but there is evidence from job postings that it may be growing, and 91.7% of survey respondents believe the need for public health professionals with training in climate change may grow in the next 5–10 years. Current employers value skills/competencies such as the knowledge of climate mitigation/adaptation, climate-health justice, direct/indirect and downstream effects of climate on health, health impact assessment, risk assessment, pollution-health consequences and causes, Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping, communication/writing, finance/economics, policy analysis, systems thinking, and interdisciplinary understanding. Ensuring that competencies align with current and future needs is a key aspect of curriculum development. At the same time, we recognize that while we attempt to predict future workforce needs with historical data or surveys, the disruptive reality created by climate change cannot be modeled from prior trends, and we must therefore adopt new paradigms of education for the emerging future. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; health workforce; workforce planning; competencies; public health education climate change; health workforce; workforce planning; competencies; public health education
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Krasna, H.; Czabanowska, K.; Jiang, S.; Khadka, S.; Morita, H.; Kornfeld, J.; Shaman, J. The Future of Careers at the Intersection of Climate Change and Public Health: What Can Job Postings and an Employer Survey Tell Us? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 1310. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17041310

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Krasna H, Czabanowska K, Jiang S, Khadka S, Morita H, Kornfeld J, Shaman J. The Future of Careers at the Intersection of Climate Change and Public Health: What Can Job Postings and an Employer Survey Tell Us? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(4):1310. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17041310

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Krasna, Heather, Katarzyna Czabanowska, Shan Jiang, Simran Khadka, Haruka Morita, Julie Kornfeld, and Jeffrey Shaman. 2020. "The Future of Careers at the Intersection of Climate Change and Public Health: What Can Job Postings and an Employer Survey Tell Us?" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 4: 1310. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17041310

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