MPH Competencies

Graduates of the Master of Public Health program will be able to contribute in meaningful ways in more advanced positions to the conduct and advancement of the ten essential services of public health, which include:

  1. Monitor health status to identify community health problems.

  2. Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.

  3. Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.

  4. Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems.

  5. Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.

  6. Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.

  7. Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable.

  8. Assure a competent public health and personal healthcare workforce.

  9. Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.

  10. Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.

These contributions will be enabled by a broad knowledge base and specific skill sets appropriate to twelve areas of study important to public health practice.

  1. Biostatistics
    Able to apply statistical reasoning and methods in addressing, analyzing and solving problems in public health.
  2. Environmental Health Sciences
    Able to identify important environmental factors, (including biological, physical and chemical), affecting the health of a community.
  3. Epidemiology
    Able to delineate patterns of disease and injury in human populations and to apply the understanding to the control of health problems.
  4. Health Policy and Management
    Able to affect the delivery, quality, financing and costs of health care for individuals and populations through managerial and policy actions.
  5. Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Able to identify behavioral, social and cultural factors related to individual and population health and health disparities over the life course and to apply such knowledge to the development, administration and evaluation of programs and policies in public health and health services to promote and sustain healthy environments and healthy lives for individuals and populations.
  6. Communication and Informatics
    Able to collect, manage and organize data to produce information and meaning that is exchanged by use of signs and symbols; to gather, process, and present information to different audiences in-person, through information technologies, or through media channels; and to strategically design the information and knowledge exchange process to achieve specific objectives.
  7. Diversity and Culture
    Able to interact with diverse individuals and communities to produce or impact an intended public health outcome.
  8. Leadership
    Able to create and communicate a shared vision for a changing future; champion solutions to organizational and community challenges; and energize commitment to goals.
  9. Public Health Biology
    Able to incorporate public health biology - the biological and molecular context of public health - into public health practice.
  10. Professionalism
    Able to demonstrate ethical choices, values and professional practices implicit in public health decisions; consider the effect of choices on community stewardship, equity, social justice and accountability.
  11. Program Planning
    Able to plan for the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of strategies to improve individual and community health.
  12. Systems Thinking
    Able to recognize system level properties that result from dynamic interactions among human and social systems and how they affect the relationships among individuals, groups, organizations,communities,and environments.