Ecological Sustainability: What Role for Public Health Education?
2. The Global Context for Change
3. The Educational Agenda: An Important Role for Public Health
3.1. Institutional Policy and Commitment
3.2. Operational Activities
3.3. Teaching and Research
- We need to realize that the domain of environmental health incorporates ecological and global concerns, since those concerns influence the future of public health .
- Competences on ecological sustainability could be included in National Occupational Standards, and in the competency frameworks, standards and curricula of all the public health professions and disciplines . “This goal must be accomplished through formal education, continuing education, and distance learning” .
- Ecological sustainability could be included in public health leadership programmes, and in public health teaching networks linking educational institutions and service departments . We should ensure that basic environmental health competencies are inculcated into present and future environmental health and protection workforces .
- Appropriate responsibilities in relation to ecological sustainability could be included in job descriptions across all the professions and disciplines that contribute to public health . Regardless of the educational disciplines and occupations concerned, such graduates should be taught public health practice .
- Schools of Public Health need to employ “academically qualified environmental health faculty” with relevant work experience, who “will serve as practitioner role models and mentors” .
- We should regularly develop and utilize links between “all the interests involved in environmental health and protection issues. These interests include engineers, architects, land use and transportation planners, public works organizers, conservationists, economic development officials, agricultural interests, resource developers, the medical community, housing interests, and environmental advocacy groups” .
3.4. Professional Development/Extension Activities
- Understand the challenges and critical choices that humanity faces and appreciate the interconnections between these challenges and choices;
- Comprehend the meaning of a sustainable way of life and of sustainable development, and to create personal goals and values which are conducive to a sustainable way of life; and
- Critically evaluate a given situation and identify action goals to bring about positive change.
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Fleming, M.L.; Tenkate, T.; Gould, T. Ecological Sustainability: What Role for Public Health Education? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 2028-2040. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph6072028
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Fleming, Mary Louise, Thomas Tenkate, and Trish Gould. 2009. "Ecological Sustainability: What Role for Public Health Education?" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 6, no. 7: 2028-2040. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph6072028