Core public health competencies to be mastered by students upon graduation from the MPH program are taken from “Core Competencies for Public Health Officials” (Council of Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice, 2009). The Council is comprised of leaders from national organizations representing the public health practice and academic communities. These competencies were crafted in an attempt to transcend the boundaries of specific disciplines and to help unify the public health profession. The competencies are divided into eight domains. The competencies selected in the relevant theme areas are reflective of the specific goals and objectives of the MPH program. All students will achieve the outcomes outlined below:
1. Assess the health status of populations and their related determinants of health and illness (e.g., factors contributing to health promotion and disease prevention, availability and use of health services).
2. Develop a plan to implement policy and programs
3. Communicate in writing and orally, in person, and through electronic means with linguistic and cultural proficiency.
4. Consider the role of cultural, social and behavioral factors in the accessibility, availability, acceptability and delivery of public health services.
5. Describe the role of governmental and non-governmental organizations in the delivery of community health services
6. Apply the basic public health sciences (including, but not limited to biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, and social and behavioral health sciences) to public health policies and programs.
7. Conduct a comprehensive review of scientific evidence related to a public health issue, concern or intervention.
8. Interpret the organizational structures, functions, and authorities of local, state, and federal public health agencies for public health program management
9. Prepare proposals for funding from external sources.
10. Incorporate ethical standards of practice as the basis of all interactions with organizations, communities and persons