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Shaping and Authorising a Public Health Profession.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Health.
2014 (English)In: The South Eastern European Journal of Public Health, ISSN 2197-5248, Vol. 31 MayArticle in journal (Refereed) PublishedAlternative title
Shaping and Authorising a Public Health Profession. (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this short communication is to stimulate a discussion on the state of a public health profession in Europe and actions which need to be taken to authorise public health professionals based on their competencies. While regulated professions such as medical doctors, nurses, lawyers, and architects can enjoy the benefits of the 2005/ 36/EC Directive amended by 2013/55/EU Directive on the recognition of professional qualifications, public health professionals are left out from these elite. Firstly, we use the profession traits theory as a framework in arguing whether public health can be a legitimate profession in itself, second, we explain who public health professionals are and what usually is required for shaping the public health profession, and thirdly, we attempt to sketch the road to the authorisation or licencing of public health professionals. Finally, we will propose some recommendation.

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Jacobs Publishing Company , 2014. Vol. 31 May
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Public health, profession, professionalization, recognition of professional qualifications
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Nursing Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-6689DOI: 10.12908/SEEJPH-2014-23Local ID: diva2:834213
Open access journalAvailable from: 2014-06-25 Created: 2014-06-24 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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