MPH Core Competencies
Fundamental Public Health Knowledge
Profession and Science of Public Health
- Explain public health history, philosophy and values.
- Identify the core functions of public health and the ten essential services.
- Explain the role of quantitative methods and science in describing and assessing population
- List major causes and trends of morbidity an mortality in the United States or other
communities relevant to the school or program.
- Discuss the science of prevention at all levels, including health promotion, screening,
- Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge.
Factors Related to Human Health
- Explain effects of environmental factors on human health.
- Explain biological and genetic factors that affect human health.
- Explain behavioral and psychological factors that affect human health.
- Explain the social, political, and economic determinants of health and how they contribute
to population health and health inequities.
- Explain how globalization affects global burdens of disease.
- Explain a One-Health, ecological perspective on the connections among human health,
animal health and ecosystem health.
MPH Foundational Competencies
Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health
- Choose data collection methods
- Analyze and interpret quantitative and qualitative data.
- Use computer-based programming and software to support data analysis and interpretation.
- Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public
Public Health and Health Care Systems
- Compare the organization, structure and function of health care and public health
systems across national and international settings.
- Assess impacts of structural bias at organizational, community and societal levels
that pose challenges to health equity.
Planning and Management to Promote Health
- Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities' health.
- Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of
public health programs
- Design a population-based project, program or intervention.
- Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management.
- Select methods to evaluate public health programs and policies.
Policy in Public Health
- Assess multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including ethics and evidence
in relation to their capacity to improve public health and health equity.
- Apply communication and negotiation skills to identify stakeholders and build coalitions
and partnerships to influence public health outcomes.
- Advocate for programs and political, social and economic policies that will improve
health in diverse populations.
- Apply principles of effective leadership, governance and management, including fostering
collaboration, guiding decision making, creating a vision and empowering others.
- Choose appropriate strategies for communicating a public health issue to various audiences,
including stakeholders at all levels and sectors.
- Write technical or professional papers on public health issues.
- Deliver oral presentations on public health issues.
- Perform effectively on inter-professional teams
- Apply system thinking tools to a public health issue.