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Virtual Campus in Public Health

The Virtual Public Health Campus as one of the Technical Cooperation Strategies

Campus Virtual de Salud Pública LogoIn the 1980s and 1990s, PAHO actively contributed to the development of the concept of permanent education, its promotion in the countries of the Region, its inclusion in the design of educational interventions, and the evaluation of permanent education and training processes in health. In the year 2000, the Public Health in the Americas Initiative and the exercise to measure performance of the essential public health functions revealed deficiencies in human resources development and training in public health. This evidence led to an intensification of the search for a cooperation strategy for developing public health competencies of personnel in the services. This was the context for the emergence of the Virtual Public Health Campus (VPHC) initiative, which progressively integrated the concepts of permanent education and eLearning. Today, the VPHC represents the Organization’s principal line of action in encouraging and supporting the countries of the Region in the development of learning policies and plans, systems design for permanent education and learning networks, and the production and sharing of open educational resources, from the standpoint of promoting convergence. The Campus facilitates the development of opportunities for cooperation between the health authority and academic institutions for implementation of the learning plan. The VPHC makes intensive use of ICTs and the concept of distanceless education.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 November 2010 06:30
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