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December 26, 1977

Graduate Education in Public Health

JAMA. 1977;238(26):2825-2826. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280270071007

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Over the past three years, the Association of Schools of Public Health through its member schools has designed and implemented a system of data collection on the production of educated, trained public health manpower.

Prior to 1974 no coordinated, controlled system of data collection existed among the Schools of Public Health. During the early 1960s when there were fewer than 12 US Schools of Public Health with an enrollment of less than 2,000, student and faculty data could be obtained on a demand basis without substantial hardship on the schools or delay in obtaining an adequate response. Today there are 20 Schools of Public Health with a student body of more than 6,500 and a faculty of more than 2,250.

With the demands that recently enacted legislation has placed on the schools for information on the production of public health manpower, it has become imperative that a centralized system of