College of Public Health students graduating

Core Competencies

The MPH program faculty has identified competencies for the core curriculum instruction and related program assessment. All students are expected to have developed the following competencies upon completion of the MPH Program.

Five Core courses

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Identify the main components and issues of the organization, financing, and delivery of health services and public health systems in the U.S.
  • Apply the principles of planning, staffing, managing and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives.
  • Apply quality and performance improvement concepts to organizational performance.
  • Explain the importance of epidemiology for informing scientific, ethical, economic and political discussion of health issues.
  • Use basic terminology and definitions of epidemiology.
  • Identify key sources of data for epidemiologic purposes.
  • Calculate basic epidemiologic measures and draw appropriate inferences.
  • Describe the federal and state regulatory programs, guidelines, and authorities that control public health.
  • Describe the genetic, physiologic, and psychosocial factors that affect susceptibility to adverse health outcomes following exposure to environmental hazards.
  • Explain approaches for assessing, preventing, and controlling environmental hazards that pose risks to human health and safety.
  • Describe basic concepts of probability, random variation, and commonly used statistical probability distributions.
  • Apply and interpret common statistical methods for inference.

Cross-Cutting Competencies

  • 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.
  • Use evidence based principles and scientific knowledge effectively when involved in evaluation and decision-making in public health.
  • Manage potential conflicts of interest encountered by practitioners, researchers, and organizations.
  • Collaborate in interprofessional partnerships to implement organizational initiatives at the individual, organizational, and community level.
  • Apply ethical principles to public health program planning, implementation and evaluation.

MPH Concentration-Specific Competencies

Departments offering concentrations in the MPH program have identified competencies that students concentrating in that area are expected to have developed by program completion. These competencies go beyond the core competencies identified above that all students are expected to have attained. The concentration-specific competencies are the basis of both instruction and assessment.