Competencies

Core learning objectives identify the knowledge and skills all degree earning students attain, and reflect the mission, goals and objectives of the MPH Program. All students develop a core set of skills in each of the fundamental domains of public health: biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, public health history, and social and behavioral sciences. Specifically, all students are expected to be able to demonstrate the following competencies upon graduation:

  • Understand basic concepts of biostatistics in public health, including an ability to select statistical methods for data analysis, apply descriptive techniques, and interpret and communicate results of statistical analyses.
  • Understand environmental factors that impact the health of a community, including an ability to describe the impact of policy on environmental health issues, methods for environmental risk assessment, and approaches to risk management.
  • Understand the role of epidemiology in the control of health problems, including an understanding of the language of epidemiology and ability to calculate basic epidemiologic measures, an ability to comprehend basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of epidemiologic data, and an ability to evaluate and communicate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports.
  • Understand the policy process for improving the health status of populations, including an ability to identify the main components and issues of the organization, financing, and delivery of health services and public health systems in the US, describe legal and ethical bases for public health and health services, and communicate health policy and management issues using appropriate channels and technologies.
  • Understand the behavioral, social, and cultural factors related to individual and population health, including an ability to identify basic theories, concepts, and models from a range of social and behavioral disciplines that are used in public health research and practice, describe the role of social and community factors in both the onset and solution of public health problems, and apply evidence-based approaches to the development and evaluation of social and behavioral science interventions.
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral skills for communicating with different audiences in the context of professional public health activities.
  • Develop public health programs and strategies responsive to the diverse cultural values and traditions of the communities being served.
  • Engage in dialogue and learning from others to advance public health goals.
  • Explain the role of biology in the ecological model of population-based health.
  • Discuss sentinel events in the history and development of the public health profession and their relevance for practice in the field.
  • In collaboration with others, prioritize individual, organizational, and community concerns and resources for public health programs.
  • Analyze the effects of political, social, and economic policies on public health systems at the local, state, national, and international levels.