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College of Education and Human Services

MPH Competencies

Graduate-Level Professional Foundational Public Health Knowledge:

  1. Explain public health history, philosophy and values
  2. Identify the core functions of public health and the 10 Essential Services
  3. Explain the role of quantitative and qualitative methods and sciences in describing and population’s health
  4. List major causes and trends of morbidity and mortality in the US or other community relevant to school or program
  5. Discuss the science of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in population health, including health promotion, screening, etc.
  6. Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge 
  7. Explain effects of environmental factors on a population’s health
  8. Explain biological and genetic factors that affect a population’s health
  9. Explain behavioral and psychological factors that affect a population’s health
  10. Explain the social, political and economic determinants of health and how they contribute to population health and health inequities
  11. Explain how globalization affects global burdens of disease
  12. Explain an ecological perspective on the connections among human health, animal health and ecosystem health (eg, One Health) 

MPH Foundational Competencies:

          Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health

  1. Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
  2. Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
  3. Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate
  4. Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice 

    Public Health & Health Care Systems
  5. Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
  6. Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels 

    Planning & Management to Promote Health
  7. Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health
  8. Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs 
  9. Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
  10. Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
  11.  Select methods to evaluate public health programs

    Policy in Public Health
  12. Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence
  13. Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
  14. Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
  15. Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity 

  16. Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
  17.  Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges

  18. Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
  19. Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
  20. Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content

    Interprofessional Practice
  21. Perform effectively on interprofessional teams 

    Systems Thinking
  22. Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue