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Why Is This Important?Public health infrastructure is fundamental to the provision and execution of public health services at all levels. Infrastructure is the foundation for planning, delivering, and evaluating public health.
Healthy People Objective: Increase the proportion of 2-year colleges that offer public health or related associate degrees and/or certificate programsU.S. Target: 3 percent for associate degrees;
1 percent for certificate programs
State Target: 20 percent
Other Objectives'''Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objectives:'''
*'''PHI-1''': Increase the proportion of New Jersey community colleges that offer public health or related associate degrees and/or certificate programs to 20%.
*'''PHI-2''': Increase the percentage of local public health agencies actively participating in county-wide community public health partnerships to 100%.
*'''PHI-4''': Increase the proportion of local health departments that achieve voluntary national accreditation to 75%.
How Are We Doing?In 2015, four community colleges (Morris, Middlesex, Brookdale, and Mercer) began offering A.S. degrees in public health, thus achieving the Healthy NJ 2020 target of 20%. In 2017, Passaic Community College became the fifth to offer an A.S. in public health.
The national public health accreditation program launched in 2011. In 2015, Bloomfield Department of Health & Human Services was the first New Jersey local health department to achieve accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board. In 2017, Camden County Health Department became the second and, in 2018, Princeton Health Department became the third to achieve accreditation. Montgomery Township Health Department received accreditation in 2020. Several others are in the application process, however the Healthy NJ 2020 target of 75% will not be met.