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Revista Cubana de Salud Pública

versión impresa ISSN 0864-3466versión On-line ISSN 1561-3127


CASTANEDA ABASCAL, Ileana Elena et al. Formation of human resources in Statistics in Cuba from 1959 to 2008. Rev Cubana Salud Pública [online]. 2009, vol.35, n.1. ISSN 0864-3466.

Mankind has required statistical information since its origin. It has been confirmed that important records existed in Cuba since the 19th century. After the triumph of the revolution, the health statistics collection, analysis and dissemination were considered a priority task aimed at the improvement of health management and research. This study showed the different stages of the formation of human resources in statistics at the technical and professional levels, and the inclusion of pieces of knowledge of this science in the medical science curricula in the 1959-2008 period. The historical context and the factors involved in each stage of the studied period were emphasized. From 1961 on, the formation of statistics assistants started, then they were trained to reach the second level; later the formation of health statistics technicians began, all of which allowed covering the statistical structure nationwide. At present, the technical education may finish with a degree in Health Information Management. Since the first years of the Revolution, statistics was included as subject in medical and dentistry studies. The scientific and technical development of the country made it possible that in 1970, the formation of professionals in biostatistics started, for which a residency was approved and its curricula has been upgraded at three different moments in order to raise the quality and range of knowledge and learning.

Palabras clave : Formation of human resources; statistics; biostatistics; Cuba.

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