The International Union for Health Promotion and Education's key strategic objectives include:


Based on these objectives, the Comptencies and Workforce Development working group was established to build on, follow up, complete and extend the positive outcomes of the CompHP Project - Developing Competencies and Professional Standards for Health Promotion Capacity Building in Europe, funded by the European Commission (EAHC, - project number 20081209).


The IUHPE has been an active partner in the project and has been recognized as the most relevant organisation to take forward the work of the CompHP Project, in particular in relation to accreditation.


In addition to the CompHP Project, the basis for this Working Group lies in the Galway Consensus Conference (2008), which promoted dialogue and established an exchange of understanding among international partners regarding domains of core competency, standards and quality assurance mechanisms in the professional preparation and practice of health promotion specialists.


The Galway Consensus Conference, organized by the IUHPE in collaboration with the National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland, the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), United-States, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a range of other partners, provided a forum for discussion to identify the practices necessary to build capacity for health promotion, as well as systems that can assure quality in practice, education, and training.