Training need assessment for a master training program in Environmental Health program in Vietnam

Le Thi Thanh Huong, Tran Thi Tuyet Hanh, Luu Quoc Toan, Do Thi Hanh Trang, Nguyen Thuy Quynh, Nguyen Quynh Anh, Tran Khanh Long, Stanley Fenwick, Nguyen Thanh Ha, Bruce H. Alexander

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Vietnam is facing a shortage of skilled Environmental health workforce. A Training Needs Assessment was conducted to develop a list of environmental health tasks, a list of core competencies and assess the need for a Master of Environmental Health training program in Vietnam. To answer these questions, a cross-sectional study was conducted in Vietnam in 2017, using both qualitative and quantitative methods. The qualitative study involved a desk review, 29 in-depth interviews, two consultative workshops, and two expert meetings. For the quantitative component, 298 environmental health staff working at different levels completed a structured postal questionnaire. Results showed that different sectors were implementing various environmental health tasks but that there was currently no training program focusing on environmental health in Vietnam. Thirteen core competencies for a Master of Environmental Health were recommended. An urgent need to develop training programs to help building environmental health competencies at the Masters degree level was uniformly expressed. This could be achieved by developing a Master of Public Health with an Environmental Health stream in the short-term and a Master of Environmental Health program in the long-term.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-212
Number of pages16
JournalAIMS Public Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2020

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  • Masters degree
  • Vietnam
  • environmental health
  • training needs assessment


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