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MPH Core Competencies

MPH Foundational 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 & Health Care Systems

5.Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings

6. Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieve health equity at organizational, community and societal levels

Planning & 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

Inter-Professional Practice

21. Perform effectively on Interprofessional teams

Systems Thinking

22. Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issues


23. Characterize the unique challenges of the public health frontier including issues of diversity, scarcity, adversity, and need

24. Use innovation problem-solving to impact the public health frontier

25. Apply ethical principles to public health program planning, implementation and evaluation

26. Demonstrates approaches for assessing, preventing, and controlling environmental and occupational health hazards that pose risks to human health and safety

27. Uses theory informed models for rural community engagement

NOTE: The first 22 competencies listed above are prescribed and required competencies by CEPH (Council on Education for Public Health), our program's accrediting body. The last five competencies are specific for the TTUHSC MPH program. For more information on CEPH competencies and accreditation, please visit and download the PDF version here.

Fundamental Public Health Knowledge

Profession and Science of Public Health

1. Explain public health history, philosophy and values.

2. Identify the core functions of public health and the ten essential services.

3. Explain the role of quantitative methods and science in describing and assessing population health.

4. List major causes and trends of morbidity and mortality in the United States or other communities relevant to the school or program.

5. Discuss the science of prevention at all levels, including health promotion, screening, etc.

6. Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge.

Factors Related to Human Health

7. Explain effects of environmental factors on human health.

8. Explain biological and genetic factors that affect human health.

9. Explain behavioral and psychological factors that affect human health.

10. Explain the social, political, and economic determinants of health and how they contribute to population health and health inequities.

11. Explain how globalization affects global burdens of disease.

12. Explain a One-Health, ecological perspective on the connections among human health, animal health and ecosystem health.

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