MPH Core Competencies

The MPH program is designed so that MPH students will achieve the competencies listed below by the time of graduation. These competencies cross public health domains. Competencies are limited in their focus to occur as a result of completing core courses, field and capstone experiences, and other activities that are required of all MPH students. Competencies for the MPH degree within each academic division provide further specialized objectives appropriate to students in each division.

Biostatistics
Defined by the CePH as the, “collection, storage, retrieval, analysis and interpretation of health data; design and analysis of health-related surveys and experiments; and concepts and practice of statistical data analysis.”

Graduates should be able to:

•     Demonstrate use of biostatistics for both public health professionals and educated lay audiences.

Environmental Health
Defined by CePH as the, “environmental factors including biology, physical, and chemical factors that affect the health of a community.”

Graduates should be able to:

•     Discuss risk management approaches that apply to practicum in relation to issues of environmental health.

Epidemiology
Defined by CePH as, “distributions and determinants of disease, disabilities, and death in human populations; the characteristics and dynamics of human populations; and the natural history of disease and the biologic basis of health.”

Graduates should be able to:

•     Demonstrate use of the epidemiology competency in practicum, noting in particular drawing appropriate inferences from epidemiologic data.

Health Services Administration
Defined by CePH as, “planning, organization, administration, management, evaluation, and policy analysis of health and public programs.”

Graduates should be able to:

•     Apply the health services administration/healthcare administration competency to practicum, demonstrating “systems thinking” to critique the current organizational system. Include descriptions of observed leadership styles.

Social and Behavioral Sciences
Defined by CePH as, “concepts and methods of social and behavioral sciences relevant to the identification and solution of public health problems.”

Graduates should be able to:

•     Demonstrate understanding of the social and behavioral sciences competency in practicum. In particular, note the influence of human behavior on public health outcomes and propose appropriate evidence-based approaches.