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Students graduating with an MPH degree and planning to work as public health professionals should meet competencies in the public health disciplines specified in the 2016 Accreditation criteria for Schools of Public Health and Public Health Programs by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Upon graduation, all MPH students will have the following competencies:

Program Competencies

The MPH Program is designed to guide students to the achievement of specific competencies in public health. Competencies specify what students will be able to do upon completion of the degree program. All students are expected to achieve and be able to demonstrate the required core competencies and their concentration-specific competencies by graduation. These competencies are introduced at orientation and are available for review on our website. Individual core and concentration course syllabi will list the relevant competencies.

Following are the 12 foundational public health knowledge learning objectives and the 22 MPH functional competencies which must be attained by all students:

MPH Foundational Public Health Knowledge
The program ensures that all MPH graduates are grounded in foundational public health knowledge. Grounding in foundational public health knowledge is measured by the student’s achievement of the learning objectives listed below.

Profession & Science of Public Health

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 assessing a population’s health
4. List major causes and trends of morbidity and mortality in the US or other community relevant to the 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

Factors Related to Human Health

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
All MPH graduates demonstrate the following 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

Community and Population Health Concentration Competencies

1. Use theories and models from social and behavioral science to address individual, community and population health in public health research and practice
2. Engage with diverse partners (e.g., community residents, governmental public health agencies, healthcare organizations, educational institutions, and/or nonprofit agencies) to promote health equity in populations at the local, state, national, and/or international level
3. Identify and implement evidence-based, sustainable interventions that align with urban community health needs
4. Employ health survey research methodology to critique existing survey data and construct a novel survey instrument to measure population health metrics
5. Use appropriate communication media with linguistic and cultural proficiency to disseminate relevant public health information to stakeholders

Epidemiology Concentration Competencies

1. Apply epidemiologic methods and principles to the design of observational studies.
2. Participate in the design, implementation and management of a clinical trial.
3. Use advanced multivariable statistical methods to answer public health research questions.
4. Conduct secondary data analysis using large, public-access datasets.
5. Critically evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic research.

Global Health Concentration Competencies

1. Explain the impact of globalization on disease, economic development, extreme poverty and hunger.
2. Examine the impact of gender inequality, and the disparities in health, education and nutrition on health outcomes.
3. Describe the epidemiology and point out the impact of maternal and child health and mortality on public health.
4. Evaluate approaches to social and behavioral change in the context of global health programs.
5. Describe the epidemiology, ecology, and control of infectious and non-communicable diseases.
6. Analyze the importance of environmental resources and sustainability in promoting health and economic well-being.
7. Identify, define and describe human rights principles and international public health ethics.
8. Outline the global burden of disease, and compare the roles of major organizations, governments and communities in disease management and global development.
9. Generate a plan to conduct international health work in resource-poor settings or within global initiatives.
10. Use the basic concepts, skills, and methods involved in culturally appropriate community engagement and empowerment in diverse communities.
11. Apply public health skills and principles of research methods and analysis to health problems in the developing world.