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APHA's Environmental Health Competency Guidelines Project


Well run environmental health and protection programs at the local and state levels are central to preventing the occurrence and spread of disease. In fact, these programs are a crucial front-line defense in our public health system and require a highly qualified workforce with formal training in environmental health and protection. Unfortunately, qualified workers are in short supply and it has been a long time since the public health community has evaluated what the necessary core competencies are for a local environmental health practitioner. Through this project, APHA is developing guidelines for the non-technical competencies needed to practice environmental health at the local level.


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