Excerpt from Public Health Papers and Reports, Vol. 31: Part I, Presented at the Thirty-Third Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Boston, Massachusetts, September 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 1905
The older method of securing experience by experimentation on the public should be superseded by requiring preliminary special training at universities and by boards of health so that, whilst retaining for the good of the public, the service of those already trained and competent, they may be reinforced and when necessary succeeded by those who have received such special training. Undoubtedly, the public should demand the possession of special qualifications in both the executive and the other technical branches of public health service. Elective and appointive positions should be filled by those who have received special training and have, as evidence of their special qualifications, degrees or diplomas granted by competent authorities, as in Great Britain, where a diploma of public health is demanded of all medical health officers. Bacteriologists, chemists, engineers and other technical men should have special training in public health work before the responsibilities of public service are entrusted to them. Our programme provides for a consideration of this matter.
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