This column describes the strategic imperative of effective information management in public health practice. It also describes a new initiative, the Public Health Informatics Academy, designed to enhance the competency of public health professionals in information management.
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Dr Baker); and Public Health Informatics Institute, Decatur, Georgia (Dr Ross).
Correspondence: Edward L. Baker, MD, MSc, MPH, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Campus Box 7411, Chapel Hill NC 27599 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.