College of Public Health students graduating

Student Learning Outcomes & Competencies

The MPH program has five overall student learning outcomes.  In order to demonstrate achievement of these outcomes, the MPH program faculty have developed competencies which students demonstrate through coursework, practica, and a culminating experience.

MPH Program Overall Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

Propose solutions for public health problems using sound data analysis and evidence-based decision making (SLO 1)

  • Use evidence based principles and scientific knowledge effectively when involved in evaluation and decision-making in public health
  • Assess population-based health problems from the perspective of multiple public health science disciplines.
  • Propose potential solutions to public health problems based on an understanding of systems theory, essential services, and social, behavioral, environmental, and biological factors that contribute to the problem.
  • Use basic terminology and definitions of epidemiology.
  • Identify key sources of data for epidemiologic purposes.
  • Calculate basic epidemiologic measures and draw appropriate inferences.
  • Describe basic concepts of probability, random variation, and commonly used statistical probability distributions.
  • Apply and interpret common statistical methods for inference.

Demonstrate cultural competency in public health through transdisciplinary communication and collaboration (SLO 2)

  • Collaborate in interprofessional partnerships to implement organizational initiatives at the individual, organizational, and community level.
  • Organize and deliver effective written and verbal communications about public health activities using appropriate communication strategies to professionals, labor, industry, the general public and the media.
  • Identify basic theories, concepts and models from a range of social and behavioral disciplines that are used in public health research and practice.
  • Identify the causes of social and behavioral factors that affect health of individuals and populations.
  • Describe the genetic, physiologic, and psychosocial factors that affect susceptibility to adverse health outcomes following exposure to environmental hazards.
  • Manage potential conflicts of interest encountered by practitioners, researchers, and organizations.

Evaluate program planning, ethical and professional strategies in public health (SLO 3)

  • Apply ethical principles to public health program planning, implementation and evaluation
  • Apply the principles of planning, staffing, managing and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives.
  • Explain the importance of epidemiology for informing scientific, ethical, economic and political discussion of health issues.
  • Explain approaches for assessing, preventing, and controlling environmental hazards that pose risks to human health and safety.

Create novel approaches to health systems and systems thinking (SLO 4)

  • Identify the main components and issues of the organization, financing, and delivery of health services and public health systems in the U.S.
  • Apply quality and performance improvement concepts to organizational performance.
  • Describe the federal and state regulatory programs, guidelines, and authorities that control public health.

Integrate advocacy and public health knowledge within core public health areas (SLO 5)
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