Tough Act to Follow

Retiring baby boomers could strip the governmental health workforce by over a quarter in coming years—a tough gap to fill amid ever-growing competition from the private sector.

It’s “the largest potential change to the workforce in decades, if not ever,” says the Bloomberg School’s Jonathon P. Leider, lead author of the research, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

There’s no shortage of graduates to fill the gap. US colleges and universities are awarding over 25,000 undergraduate and graduate public health degrees a year. But to keep health departments afloat, recruiting and retaining top talent is the real challenge.

Science Magazine

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