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Front. Public Health | doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2019.00199

A Competency Framework for Developing Global Laboratory Leaders

  • 1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United States
  • 2Country Health Emergency Preparedness and IHR, World Health Organization (France), France
  • 3Department of Global Health, Association of Public Health Laboratories, United States
  • 4Public Health Training, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Sweden
  • 5Programmes Department Biological Threat Reduction and Operational Partnerships, World Organisation for Animal Health, France
  • 6Biomedical and Health Sciences, University of Vermont, United States

Building sustainable national health laboratory systems requires laboratory leaders who can address complex and changing demands for services and build strong collaborative networks. Global consensus on laboratory leadership competencies is critically important to ensure the harmonization of learning approaches for curriculum development across relevant health sectors. The World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) have partnered to develop a Laboratory Leadership Competency Framework (CF) that provides a foundation for the Global Laboratory Leadership Programme (GLLP). The CF represents the first global consensus from multiple disciplines on laboratory leadership competencies and provides structure for the development of laboratory leaders with the knowledge, skills and abilities to build bridges, enhance communication, foster collaboration and develop an understanding of existing synergies between the human, animal, environmental and other relevant health sectors.

Keywords: laboratory system, Leadership, health system, One Health, competency, Managament, Program, leaders

Received: 11 Apr 2019; Accepted: 03 Jul 2019.

Edited by:

Connie J. Evashwick, George Washington University, United States

Reviewed by:

Armin D. Weinberg, Baylor College of Medicine, United States
Tim Sandle, Ph.D., University of Manchester, United Kingdom  

Copyright: © 2019 Albetkova, Chaignat, Gasquet, Heilmann, Isadore, Jasir, Martin and Wilcke. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Adilya Albetkova, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, United States,