Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to navigation Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content

Health Systems and Workforce Development


The Division of Public Health Systems and Workforce Development (DPHSWD) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention works with ministries of health and public health partners to strengthen public health systems, build workforce capacity and improve health outcomes. DPHSWD’s vision is a world in which all low- and middle income countries have the public health systems, institutions, and workforce necessary to be self-reliant in addressing their own public health challenges and priorities.

Program Description

DPHSWD helps ministries of health around the world build strong, effective, sustainable programs and capacity to improve public health systems on a local, regional, and national level through programs such as the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP), the Sustainable Management Development Program (SMDP), Global Public Health Informatics Program (GPHIP), and Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR). These programs:

  • Strengthen critical public health systems , such as public health surveillance and response systems;
  • Help countries to build or strengthen National Public Health Institutes;
  • Increase capacity in field Epidemiology;
  • Support public health leadership and management; and
  • Improve essential information management via public health informatics.

  • Improved disease detection and response around the world by helping to establish more than 41 FETPs and producing more than 2300 graduates since 1980. In 2010, FETPs graduated 79 future global health leaders, providing 15.8 million people with disease detection and response expertise
  • Established 7 independent country management and leadership training programs and trained more than 3,000 health managers
  • In 2010, prepared future public health leaders by training 414 fellows from more than 65 developing countries in public health management competencies
  • Developed and disseminated IDSR technical guidelines and training materials to 45 of the 46 WHO/AFRO countries to improve the data available for outbreak response and program and policy development
  • Enhanced public health impact with near real time reporting by developing a mobile‐based infectious disease surveillance system for mass gatherings

Future direction

  • Expand access of low- and middle-income countries to FETPs and increase the numbers of graduates from FETPs and associated programs
  • Ensuring high quality training for all residents through monitoring and evaluation and facilitating self-assessments to help each program identify areas for improvement and by supporting implementation of a FETP accreditation program
  • Build upon the current partnership with Emory University to develop National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs) in low-resource countries by establishing an ongoing program at CDC Provide leadership and technical assistance to ministries of health to implement the IDSR framework and strengthen surveillance and response capability at each level of the health system by building local capacity and leveraging strengths through partnerships and coordination Improve management and leadership skills by linking SMDP’s Global Health Leadership Forum with the Management for Improved Public Health (MIPH) course

  • Page last reviewed: September 6, 2012 (archived document)
  • Content source:

    Global Health
    Notice: Linking to a non-federal site does not constitute an endorsement by HHS, CDC or any of its employees of the sponsors or the information and products presented on the site.