MPH program 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 and health care systems
5. Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health andregulatory 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 and 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
21. Perform effectively on interprofessional teams
22. Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue
- Apply advanced descriptive and analytical epidemiology to assess health status and the burden of disease in populations.
- Interpret and apply epidemiologic research methods and findings to the practice of public health.
- Demonstrate the ability to identify and use existing key sources of epidemiologic data at the local, state, national, and international level.
- Integrate key components of disease surveillance and screening into public health programs.
- Develop presentations specifically on advanced epidemiologic analyses and interpretations for both population health professionals and lay audiences.
- Demonstrate basic data management and analysis skills using statistical software such as SAS by translating raw epidemiologic data into actionable public health information.
- Identify the principles and assess the strengths and limitations using advanced epidemiologic methods, including reliability and validity of tools to evaluate public health screening programs
- Explain the importance of epidemiology for informing scientific and ethical discussion of health issues
- Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiological research and reports.
- Propose policy solutions that could be recommended to management.
- Apply public health ethical concepts and analytical frameworks to current local, national or international public health events.
- Identify a policy recommendation through analysis of multiple policy alternatives, evaluating potential strengths and weaknesses of each.
- Identify characteristics of leadership in healthcare or public health.
- Apply the diverse segments of financial management to an understanding of the financial viability of a public health organization.
- Utilize basic quantitative and qualitative research designs used in public health and apply epidemiological measures and methods in a population.
- Analyze the interdisciplinary roles, relationships, and resources of the entities influencing public health.
- Apply diversity, equity, and inclusion approaches in public health research and practice.
- Determine appropriate use of data and statistical methods and informatics for problem identification and resolution, and program planning.
- Evaluate public health research, summarize current knowledge, interpret the implications for public health policies and programs, and make recommendations for improvement.
- Propose informatics strategies that support or improve work processes within health care and public health organizations.
- Apply analytics to the discovery, interpretation, and communication of population health data.
- Evaluate the impact of information systems and informatics interventions on population health outcomes.
- Generalize computer and information science methods to the capture, storage, management, exchange and use of data among health care and public health organizations.
- Apply available data and information standards to the design, implementation and use of informatics systems that enhance the public health infrastructure.
- Produce at least one advocacy strategy to address public health priorities.
- Write a health policy brief in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
- Design communication tools to optimize individual and/or community health across different audiences.
- Develop and produce a Community Solutions Podcast episode in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
- Design, implement, and analyze research studies, in collaboration with a community agency, to address an agency-identified public health issue
- Develop and implement and analyze a qualitative study in Qualitative Research Methods.
- Construct in partnership with a community agency a program implementation and evaluation plan to address an agency-identified public health issue.
- Develop a community health program in ILE1: Advanced Program Planning, and an associated evaluation plan in ILE2: Research Methods and Program Evaluation
- Develop a grant proposal and fund raising case statement to advance a community agency’s programming and mission.
- Develop a grant proposal and fund raising case statement for a community health plan in ILE2: Research Methods and Program Evaluation and ILE1: Advanced Program Planning respectively.