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MPH Core Competencies

 Core Competencies & Cross-Cutting Competencies for all MPH Graduates of TTUHSC


IdentifierBasic Public Health Skills/Core Competencies
Biostatistics Core  
  Describe the role biostatistics plays in the field of public health.
  Apply basic statistical methods for summarizing public health data and for inference.
  Distinguish among the different measurement scales and based on these distinctions recognize the implications for selection of appropriate statistical methods.
  Recognize concepts of probability, random variation, and commonly used statistical probability distributions.
  Apply common statistical methods for estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and other inferential processes.
  Develop written and oral presentations based on statistical analyses for both public health professionals and lay audiences.
  Apply basic informatics techniques to vital statistics and public health records to describe public health characteristics for research and evaluation.
 Environmental Health Sciences 
  Describe the direct and indirect human genetic, physiologic, and psychosocial as well as ecological and safety effects of major environmental and occupational agents.
  Describe federal and state regulatory programs, guidelines and authorities that control environmental health issues.
  Specify current environmental risk assessment methods.
  Specify approaches for assessing, preventing and controlling environmental hazards that pose risks to human health and safety.
  Discuss various risk management and risk communication approaches in relation to issues of environmental justice and equity.
  Apply a testable model of environmental insult to a current public health issue. 
Social and Behavioral Sciences Core 
  Describe the contributions of behavioral and social sciences to public health.
  Describe health problems including their social, cultural, environmental and behavioral causes using the ecological model of health.
  Use behavioral science and health promotion methods in planning and evaluating public health programs.
  Identify basic theories, concepts and models from a range of social and behavioral disciplines that are used in public health research and practice.
  Identify critical stakeholders for the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs, policies and interventions.
  Apply ethical principles to public health program planning, implementation and evaluation.
  Specify multiple targets and levels of intervention for social and behavioral science programs and/or policies.
Social and Behavioral Sciences Core
For Majors:
  Describe steps and procedures for the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs, policies and interventions.
  Obtain, analyze and report data regarding health and quality of life and their 'determinants' including behavioral, psychological, social, cultural, and environmental factors.
  Apply theories commonly used in health promotion to understand health risks and to plan health promotion interventions.
  Involve members of the community in community assessment, health promotion intervention planning, implementation, and evaluation activities.
  Formulate appropriate and measurable program and learning objectives including change in health, quality of life, behavior, environment, psychosocial and other determinants, and policy.
  Plan for adoption, implementation, maintenance and sustainability of health promotion programs.
  Monitor and evaluate the process of programs, adjusting objectives and activities as necessary.
  Complete evaluation of programs for impact and outcomes, and interpret results.
  Engage in ethical practice of public health promotion.
  Select and use a variety of communication methods and techniques in providing health information.
  Employ methods of community based participatory research.
Epidemiology Core 
  Identify key sources of data for epidemiologic purposes.
  Identify the principles and limitations of public health screening programs.
  Describe a public health problem in terms of magnitude, person, time and place.
  Explain the importance of epidemiology for informing scientific, ethical, economic and political discussion of health issues.
  Comprehend basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of epidemiologic data.
  Apply the basic terminology and definitions of epidemiology.
  Calculate basic epidemiology measures.
  Communicate epidemiologic information to lay and professional audiences.
  Draw appropriate inferences from epidemiologic data.
  Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports.
Epidemiology Core
For Majors:
  Conduct surveillance activities, including assessing need, development of a surveillance system, and monitoring and reporting of data.
  Identify and distinguish acute and chronic conditions and other adverse outcomes in the population.
  Recognize different principles of investigation for endemic/sporadic illness or disease clusters versus acute outbreaks.
  List the major epidemiologic study designs, including the strengths and weaknesses of each.
  Appropriately interpret epidemiological studies for the professional and lay public.
Health Policy and Management 
  Identify the main components and issues of the organization, financing and delivery of health services and public health systems in the US.
  Describe the legal and ethical bases for public health and health services.
  Explain methods of ensuring community health safety and preparedness.
  Discuss the policy process for improving the health status of populations.
  Apply the principles of program planning, development, budgeting, management and evaluation in public health organizational and community initiatives.
  Apply principles of strategic planning and marketing to public health.
  Apply "systems thinking" for resolving organizational problems.
  Demonstrate leadership skills for building partnerships.
IdentifierPublic Health Cross Cutting Competencies
GSPH/CC 01 Describe the roles of history, power, privilege and structural inequality in producing health disparities.
GSPH/CC 02 Discuss the importance and characteristics of a sustainable diverse public health workforce.
GSPH/CC 03 Use basic concepts and skills involved in culturally appropriate community engagement and empowerment with diverse communities.
GSPH/CC 04 Apply the principles of community-based participatory research to improve health in diverse populations.
GSPH/CC 05 Differentiate among availability, acceptability, and accessibility of health care across diverse populations.
GSPH/CC 06 Develop public health programs and strategies responsive to the diverse cultural values and traditions of the communities being served.
GSPH/CC 07 Explain the biological and molecular basis of public health.
GSPH/CC 08 Explain the role of biology in the ecological model of population health.
GSPH/CC 09 Explain how genetics and genomics affect disease processes and public health policy and practice.
GSPH/CC 10 Articulate how biological, chemical and physical agents affect human health.
GSPH/CC 11 Apply biological principles to the development and implementation of disease prevention, control or management programs.
GSPH/CC 12 Apply evidence-based biological and molecular concepts to inform public health laws, policies and regulations.
GSPH/CC 13 Identify the characteristics of a system.
GSPH/CC 14 Identify unintended consequences of changes made to a public health system.
GSPH/CC 15 Provide examples of "stocks and flows" and feedback loops within a public health system.
GSPH/CC 16 Explain how systems (e.g., individuals, social networks, organizations, and communities) may be viewed as systems within systems in the analysis of public health problems.
GSPH/CC 17 Illustrate how changes in public health systems (including input, processes, and output) can be measured.
GSPH/CC 18 Discuss inter-relationships among systems that influence the quality of life of people in their communities.
GSPH/CC 19 Discuss the effects of political, social, and economic policies on public health systems at the local, state, national, and international levels.
GSPH/CC 20 Describe the unique issues related to public health in rural areas.
GSPH/CC 21 Explain how public health service delivery in rural areas differs from that in urban and suburban areas.
GSPH/CC 22 Identify ethical issues in public health practice.
GSPH/CC 23 Assess the intended and unintended consequences of public health policies.
GSPH/CC 24 Comply with laws and regulations applicable to public health research and practice.
GSPH/CC 25 Discuss criteria for which the protection of the public welfare may override the right to individual autonomy.