American Journal of Public Health publishes its contribution to the International Joint Special Issue on Scaling up Education of Health Workers


Human Resources for Health is very happy to announce that the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) has published its latest issue as part of the International Joint Issue on scaling up education and training of health workers.

The issue, published in English, is available as a paper copy or on-line (free open access) at  the AJPH’s website:

The following is the cover note from the September 2008 issue:

"With this issue of the Journal, the editors, board members, and staff join with the WHO and the journal Human Resources for Health in supporting the broad theme, "Toward a scaling-up of training and education for health workers."

In doing so, we are part of an international collection of journals and agencies that is advocating for a skilled, sustainable health workforce in the developing world, abetted by innovative programs in schools of public health throughout the world.

Associate Editor Stella Yu inspired us to publish this particular issue devoted to Schools of Public Health after a visit to China (see her Editor’s Choice column on p. 1546 of this issue).

On the cover, the only hospital in Greensburg, Kansas, was destroyed after an EF5 tornado devastated 95% of the community on May 4, 2007. Winds in excess of 200 miles per hour left a path of destruction 1.75 miles wide when it struck just after nightfall.

According to Stella Yu, "The schools of public health can take a substantive leadership role not only in the relief of disasters but also in the short- and long-term rehabilitation of the victims and their families." 

The International Joint Issue is led by the HRH Journal and comprises the collaboration of over 20 top medical journals, who will each contribute in their own unique way over the coming 12 months on the theme of scaling up training and education of health workers.


The Human Resources for Health Journal would like to thank the AJPH Editor-in-Chief, Dr Mary Northridge, Dr Stella Yu and all at the AJPH for all their dedicated work in bringing this wonderful issue to fruition.  

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