Education and Training to Build Capacity in Total Worker Health®: Proposed Competencies for an Emerging Field

Lee S. Newman, Joshua G. Scott, Adele Childress, Laura Linnan, Wilbert J. Newhall, Deborah L. McLellan, Shelly Campo, Sabrina Freewynn, Leslie B. Hammer, Maija Leff, Gretchen Macy, Elizabeth H. Maples, Bonnie Rogers, Diane S. Rohlman, Liliana Tenney, Cecilia Watkins

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Objective:Establishment of core competencies for education and training of professionals entering the emerging field of Total Worker Health®.Methods:Compilation and distillation of information obtained over a 5-year period from Total Worker Health symposia, workshops, and academic offerings, plus contributions from key stakeholders regarding education and training needs.Results:A proposed set of Total Worker Health competencies aligns under six broad domains: Subject Matter Expertize; Advocacy and Engagement; Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation; Communications and Dissemination; Leadership and Management; and Partnership Building and Coordination.Conclusions:Proposed set of core competencies will help standardize education and training for professionals being trained in Total Worker Health. It serves as an invitation for further input from stakeholders in academia, business, labor, and government.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E384-E391
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020


  • competencies
  • education
  • health promotion
  • health protection
  • total worker health
  • training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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