Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health

Volume 10, Issue 1, March 2020, Pages 96 - 106

Evaluation of Public Health Education and Workforce Needs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Authors
Mohammed Al-Mohaithef1, *, Nargis Begum Javed2, Ahmed ME Elkhalifa1, 3, Mohammed Tahash4, Sriram Chandramohan5, Ahmed Hazazi5, Fatima Elsheikh Mohammed Elhadi6
1Department of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Saudi Electronic University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2Department of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Saudi Electronic University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
3Department of Hematology, Faculty of Medical Laboratory Sciences, University of El Imam El Mahdi, Kosti, Sudan
4Department of Laboratory Medicine, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences, Al-Azhar University, Gaza, Palestine
5Department of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Saudi Electronic University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
6Department of Public Health, King Khalid University, Asir, Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding author. Email: m.almohaithef@seu.edu.sa
Corresponding Author
Mohammed Al-Mohaithef
Received 14 May 2019, Accepted 11 November 2019, Available Online 27 December 2019.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/jegh.k.191123.001How to use a DOI?
Keywords
Public health, public health education, Saudi Arabia, health workforce
Abstract

Background: An efficient public health workforce is necessary for improving and maintaining the health of population and such a workforce can be prepared through proper educational programs and trainings.

Objectives: The present study aims to investigate the needs in the public health education programs, as well as need and availability of competent public health workforce in labour market of Saudi Arabia.

Methods: A descriptive, cross-sectional survey was administered in two phases in the college of Health Sciences at the Saudi Electronic University (SEU). The first phase was carried out between September 2015 and December 2015, which involved interview with administrative heads of four health-related organizations. The second phase was performed in September 2017 and June 2018 after starting an undergraduate course in public health at the university. A total of 41 faculty and 408 students from different branches of SEU participated in the online survey.

Results: According to administrative head of public health-related organization, there is a shortage of qualified workforce in public health. All the four organizations need workforce with the master degree in sub-speciality epidemiology. About 97.5% students agreed there is a shortage of public health speciality in these organizations. About 92.7% faculty had an opinion that there is a requirement to set-up educational programs in public health. To overcome the shortage of competent workforce, two organizations showed interest in updating their employees’ skill through bridging courses. The students perceiving bachelor course in public health showed interest to accomplish master’s degree in epidemiology (38.5%), public health education and promotion (36.5%) and infection control (35.5%).

Conclusion: There is a shortage of expertise in the public health organizations and there is a need for development of more public health schools in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The establishment of public health courses especially in the field of epidemiology at undergraduate and graduate level will help in the development of efficient and competent public health workforce.

Copyright
© 2019 Atlantis Press International B.V.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

Download article (PDF)
View full text (HTML)

Journal
Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health
Volume-Issue
10 - 1
Pages
96 - 106
Publication Date
2019/12/27
ISSN (Online)
2210-6014
ISSN (Print)
2210-6006
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/jegh.k.191123.001How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2019 Atlantis Press International B.V.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

Cite this article

TY  - JOUR
AU  - Mohammed Al-Mohaithef
AU  - Nargis Begum Javed
AU  - Ahmed ME Elkhalifa
AU  - Mohammed Tahash
AU  - Sriram Chandramohan
AU  - Ahmed Hazazi
AU  - Fatima Elsheikh Mohammed Elhadi
PY  - 2019
DA  - 2019/12/27
TI  - Evaluation of Public Health Education and Workforce Needs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
JO  - Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health
SP  - 96
EP  - 106
VL  - 10
IS  - 1
SN  - 2210-6014
UR  - https://doi.org/10.2991/jegh.k.191123.001
DO  - https://doi.org/10.2991/jegh.k.191123.001
ID  - Al-Mohaithef2019
ER  -