Competencies

Master of Public Health

The Graduate Programs in Public Health requires all graduate professional public health students (MPH) to have fundamental competence in the areas of knowledge basic to public health. Each MPH student is required to complete a series of required competency-based core and elective courses, a practice experience and a capstone project.

Upon completion of the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, all graduates will be able to:

Core Curriculum Competencies

  • Advance and promote the implementation of evidence-based public health practice.
  • Apply statistical reasoning and quantitative methods for the purpose of analyzing public health data and participating in population-based research.
  • Explain the role of multi-level occupational and environmental conditions which directly or indirectly impact the health of individuals, communities and populations.
  • Apply epidemiologic methods to the measurement and study of population health and the prevention of infectious and chronic disease.
  • Examine the main components and issues of the organization, financing, and delivery of health services and public health systems.
  • Analyze the effects of political, social and economic policies on public health systems at the local, state, national and international level.
  • Identify social and behavioral concepts, models and theories that form the foundation of health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Recognize sociocultural factors that promote and inhibit health in vulnerable and underserved populations.
  • Use collaborative methods for achieving organizational and community health goals.
  • Identify how societal, organizational and individual factors influence and are influenced by public health communications.
  • Apply skills and knowledge, and exhibit leadership in public health settings through planned and supervised experiences related to professional career objectives.
  • Integrate the broad base of public health knowledge and skills acquired from coursework, practicum and other learning activities into a culminating experience.
  • Use the basic concepts and skills involved in culturally appropriate community engagement and empowerment with diverse communities.
  • Identify, understand and promote ethical choices, strong values and professionalism in public health practice.

Generalist Concentration Competencies

  • Demonstrate effective written and oral skills for communicating with different audiences in the context of professional public health activities.
  • Engage in dialogue and learning from others to advance public health goals.
  • Identify quantitative and qualitative data and information that can be used for assessing the health of a community.
  • Synthesize information from multiple data systems or other sources.
  • Illustrate the role public health plays in informing scientific, ethical, economic, social and political discussions about health.
  • Collect and analyze the information needed to formulate strategies that address a pubic health problem.
  • Compare public health systems from different global health settings.
  • Apply an understanding of cultural diversity to addressing public health problems.