Journal of Cancer Education

, 24:186 | Cite as

Developing competencies for training practitioners in evidence-based cancer control

  • Ross C. Brownson
  • Paula Ballew
  • Nupur D. Kittur
  • Michael B. Elliott
  • Debra Haire-Joshu
  • Hope Krebill
  • Matthew W. Kreuter


Background. Competency-based education allows public health departments to better develop a workforce aimed at conducting evidence-based control cancer. Methods. A 2-phased competency development process was conducted that systematically obtained input from practitioners in health departments and trainers in academe and community agencies (n=60). Results. Among the 26 competencies developed, 10 were rated at the beginner level, 12 were intermediate, and 4 were advanced. Community-level input competencies were seen as beginner level, whereas policy-related competencies were rated as advanced. Conclusion. Although adaptation to various audiences is needed, these competencies provide a foundation on which to build practitioner-focused training programs.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ross C. Brownson
    • 1
    • 2
  • Paula Ballew
    • 1
  • Nupur D. Kittur
    • 1
  • Michael B. Elliott
    • 1
  • Debra Haire-Joshu
    • 2
    • 3
  • Hope Krebill
    • 4
  • Matthew W. Kreuter
    • 5
  1. 1.Prevention Research Center in St. Louis, Department of Surgery and Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center, Washington University School of MedicineWashington University in St. LouisSt. Louis
  2. 2.Obesity Prevention Center, George Warren Brown School of Social WorkWashington University in St. LouisSt. Louis
  3. 3.Department of Internal Medicine, Washington University School of MedicineWashington University in St. LouisSt. Louis
  4. 4.Heartland Region Cancer Information ServiceUniversity of Kansas Medical CenterKansas City
  5. 5.Health Communication Research Laboratory, George Warren Brown School of Social WorkWashington University in St. LouisSt. Louis

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