Competencies

Core MPH Competencies

  1. Describe and quantify the distribution of health-related states in populations
  2. Use basic terminology and definitions of epidemiology
  3. Identify key data sources for epidemiologic purposes
  4. Identify the major observational study designs (cohort, case-control, nested case-control) and the strengths and weaknesses of each
  5. Select and generate appropriate graphical and numerical summaries of data
  6. Use principles of hypothesis testing to make inferences about populations from samples
  7. Communicate study or program findings including interpretation of statistical analyses to others
  8. Use computer software to conduct basic statistical analysis
  9. Employ principles of sound and secure data management
  10. Describe how the public health information infrastructure is used to collect, process, maintain, and disseminate data
  11. Interpret study findings within relevant sociocultural contexts
  12. Explain environmental and occupational impacts on the health of selected populations and communities
  13. Communicate prevention and control strategies used in environmental and occupational health
  14. Identify, differentiate among, and describe the elements of the organization, financing and delivery of health services
  15. Identify suboptimal practice/performance in health services and systems and strategies for improving practice, and methods to evaluate implementation of such strategies
  16. Identify commonly referenced determinants of health behavior
  17. Define basic principles of measurement, attributes, and motivation
  18. Communicate theoretical principles, constructs, and models used to understand and affect health behaviors
  19. Plan and assess interventions based on complexities of human behavior and behavior change theory

Cross-cutting Competencies

  1. Communicate public health principles and concepts through various written and verbal strategies
  2. Apply evidence-based knowledge of health determinants to public health issues
  3. Employ ethical principles and behaviors
  4. Perform professional activities with cultural competence
  5. Promote cultural and ethnic diversity in public health research and practice
  6. Effectively engage in interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration to advance research, policy, or practice goals
  7. Apply public health knowledge and skills in practice settings

Track-specific Competencies

  1. Identify appropriate methods of study design, analysis, and data synthesis to address population-based health problems
  2. Identify circumstances under which non-randomized (observational) designs are the best approach to addressing important health-related knowledge gaps
  3. Recognize the assumptions and limitations of common statistical methods and choose appropriate approaches for analysis
  4. Perform residual analyses to assess how well models fit the data and to detect outliers
  5. Understand assumptions underlying basic and multiple linear regression models. Know how to analyze and make inferences from these models
  6. Understand assumptions and uses of logistic regression, Poisson regression and survival analysis. Know how to analyze and make inferences from these models
  7. Use tabular and graphical methods to explain model results

  1. Identify determinants of global health and development from an interdisciplinary vantage point
  2. Identify interventions used to ameliorate health and developmental problems, particularly in low-resource settings
  3. Explain and employ research and evaluation methodologies used commonly in the field of global health
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of key community development principles
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in various organizational management and administration techniques
  6. Identify fundamentals of organizational behavior and change and key organizational leadership principles
  7. Recognize the role of policy development and advocacy in global health

  1. Identify the main features and challenges related to the financing, organization, and delivery of health care services and public health systems in the United States
  2. Understand the complementary roles of individualized health care services and population-based interventions in maintaining and improving health status
  3. Understand the conceptual framework of health insurance and the incentives that various approaches to coverage and provider payment create in the health system
  4. Understand the policymaking process and how various actors and institutions affect the design, implementation, and performance of public policy
  5. Conceptualize the data and research methods necessary to address questions of significance to policymakers and other relevant system actors
  6. 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
  7. Analyze the comparative effectiveness of alternate approaches to address health policy challenges of interest and identify the tradeoffs involved in these policies.