Competencies

Master of Science in Public Health

The Graduate Programs in Public Health requires all graduate academic public health master’s students (MSPH) to have fundamental competence in the areas of knowledge basic to public health. Each MSPH student is required to complete a series of required competency-based core public health and research methodology courses, competency-based elective coursework and a public health thesis project.

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) 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.
  • Identify and apply the most appropriate statistical test for the purpose of performing hypothesis-driven research to solve public health problems.
  • 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.
  • Differentiate between qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods in relation to their strengths, limitations and appropriate uses and emphases on reliability and validity.
  • Apply knowledge regarding planning, data collection, and project/policy implementation for community based health programs in diverse populations.
  • Develop skills to identify public health research questions and hypotheses, analyze data and communicate findings effectively to diverse stakeholders.
  • 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.
  • Assess the strengths and limitations of various research designs in collecting, analyzing and interpreting information from public health studies.
  • Utilize appropriate information technologies to collect, analyze and disseminate data.
  • Apply an understanding of cultural diversity to addressing public health problems.