National Research Agenda

The National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR) worked with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Altarum Institute, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop the new PHSSR research agenda to guide the future of the field.




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The Public Health Workforce

  • Enumeration
  • Demand, Supply, and Shortages
  • Diversity and Disparities
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Workforce Competencies
  • Educational Methods and Curricula

Public Health System Structure and Performance

  • System Boundaries and Size
  • Public Health Agency Organization and Governance
  • Interorganizational Relationships and Partnerships
  • Performance Measurement, Quality Improvement, and Accreditation
  • Social Determinants of Health and Health Disparities



Public Health Financing and Economics

  • Fiscal Analysis
  • Financing Mechanisms
  • Costs, Performance, and Outcomes




Public Health Information and Technology

  • Capabilities to Assess and Monitor Health Outcomes
  • Translation and Dissemination of Research-Tested Public Health Strategies
  • Information and Communication Technologies

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