MPH Program Competencies

MPH Foundational Public Health Knowledge
profession & science of public health
1Explain public health history, philosophy and values
2Identify the core functions of public health and the 10 Essential Services
3Explain the role of quantitative and qualitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population's health
4List major causes and trends of morbidity and mortality in the US or other community relevant to the school or program
5Discuss the science of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in population health, including health promotion, screening, etc.
6Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge
Factors Related To Human Health
7Explain effects of environmental factors on a population’s health
8Explain biological and genetic factors that affect a population’s health
9Explain behavioral and psychological factors that affect a population’s health
10Explain the social, political and economic determinants of health and how they contribute to population health and health inequities
11Explain how globalization affects global burdens of disease
12Explain an ecological perspective on the connections among human health, animal health and ecosystem health (eg, One Health)
CEPH-specified Core Program Competencies
Evidence-based Approaches To Public Health
1Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
2Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
3Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate
4Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice
Public Health & Health Care Systems
5Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
6Discuss 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 & Management To Promote Health
7Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health
8Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs
9Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
10Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
11Select methods to evaluate public health programs
Policy In Public Health
12Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence
13Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
14Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
15Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity
16Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
17Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges
18Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
19Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
20Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content
Interprofessional Practice
21Perform effectively on interprofessional teams
Systems Thinking
22Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue
Concentration Competencies 
Applied Public Health Concentration
APH 1Differentiate among and discuss the functions of national, state and local public health providers/agencies
APH 2Develop plans to address a selected public health issue using a Public Health 3.0 approach
APH 3Apply specific tools to summarize the potential impact of a proposed program or policy on health equity
APH 4Demonstrate the ability to critically assess and effectively communicate data and research studies related to public health issues and potential policy impact to appropriate entities, including identification of knowledge gaps
APH 5Apply tools designed to persuade a public actor to act, refrain from acting, or implement an authorized intervention in a particular manner to address a public health issue
APH 6Synthesize scientific literature and data analyses results, link them to specific health objectives, and provide in a format for use by policy makers and/or change agents to inform programs and policy actions
APH 7Employ data visualization in the form of a map or similar graphic incorporating place-based data to communicate the role of upstream social determinants of health
Epidemiology Concentration
EPI 1Develop and explore research questions and hypotheses
EPI 2Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of multivariate modeling in epidemiology, focusing on applications of Logistic Regression analysis modeling to epidemiologic data
EPI 3Apply the principles of meta-analysis and solve meta-analytic problems using fixed effects and random effects modeling techniques
EPI 4Identify the burdens of chronic disease upon the health of the population in terms of Years of Life Lost, disability, and economic effect on the health care system
EPI 5Discuss primary and secondary prevention approaches and the points at which primary and secondary prevention are most effective
EPI 6Identify likely interventions that will improve the outcome of particular chronic diseases and discuss the transitional research needed to accomplish these outcomes
EPI 7Select and discuss the use of appropriate epidemiological methods related to the distribution and determination of various health outcomes
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