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Competencies

Foundational CEPH Core Competencies

  1. Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice. (CEPH CC1)
  2. Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context. (CEPH CC2)
  3. Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate. (CEPH CC3)
  4. Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice. (CEPH CC4)
  5. Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings. (CEPH CC5)
  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. (CEPH CC6)
  7. Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health. (CEPH CC7)
  8. Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs. (CEPH CC8)
  9. Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention. (CEPH CC9)
  10. Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management. (CEPH CC10)
  11. Select methods to evaluate public health programs. (CEPH CC11)
  12. Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence. (CEPH CC12)
  13. Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes. (CEPH CC13)
  14. Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations. (CEPH CC14)
  15. Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity. (CEPH CC15)
  16. Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making. (CEPH CC16)
  17. Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges. (CEPH CC17)
  18. Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors. (CEPH CC18)
  19. Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation. (CEPH CC19)
  20. Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content. (CEPH CC20)
  21. Perform effectively on interprofessional teams. (CEPH CC21)
  22. Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue. (CEPH CC22)

Track-specific Competencies

  1. Identify the major study designs for population-based research: randomized controlled trial, cohort, case-control, nested case-control, cross-sectional, and ecological/instrumental variable (including Mendelian randomization). Understand the strengths and weaknesses of each and the circumstances in which each is the preferred approach to addressing important health-related knowledge gaps. (VU Epi1)
  2. Understand the steps necessary to conduct observational studies, including definition of the study population, measurement of exposure, disease and other variables, misclassification and its effect on study findings, measurements of occurrence and association, and confounding and its management. (VU Epi2)
  3. Demonstrate proper application of principles for building of multivariable regression models, and how to make inferences from these models. (VU Epi3)
  4. Perform regression diagnostics, including residual analyses to assess how well models fit the data, inspect the presence of outliers, and assess the fulfillment of model assumptions. (VU Epi4)
  5. Understand the ethical foundation for research regulations and their principles as applied to human subjects research, including autonomy, beneficence, and justice. (VU Epi5)
  1. Identify historical and emerging issues of significance in global health from an interdisciplinary vantage point. (VU GH1)
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of research methodologies and programmatic interventions used to ameliorate health and developmental problems, particularly in low-resource settings. (VU GH2)
  3. Describe fundamentals of organizational behavior and change, particularly in low-resource settings. (VU GH3)
  4. Recognize the role of policy development and advocacy in global health. (VU GH4)
  5. Demonstrate cultural competence and promote diversity in global health research, policy and practice. (VU GH5)
  1. Identify the main features and challenges related to the financing, incentives, and delivery of health care services and public health systems in the United States. (VU HP1)
  2. Describe the complementary roles of individualized health care services and population-based interventions in maintaining and improving health status. (VU HP2)
  3. Evaluate policies and apply theories of health insurance and the incentives that various approaches to coverage and provider payment create in the health system. (VU HP3)
  4. Analyze the impact of changes in public health policy and health care financing and service delivery on health care cost growth, quality of care, and access to services. (VU HP4)
  5. Conceptualize the data and research methods necessary to address questions of significance to policymakers and other relevant system actors. (VU HP5)