Competencies and Learning Objectives

 

School of Public Health Foundational Learning Objectives

SPH

Foundational Learning Objectives Profession & Science of Public Health: Explain history, philosophy & values Identify the core functions & 10 essential services Explain role of quantitative & qualitative methods & sciences to describe & assess a population's health List major causes & trends of morbidity & mortality in the US or other relevant community Discuss the science of primary, secondary & tertiary prevention in population health Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge Factors Related to Human Health: Explain effects of environmental factors on a population's health Explain biological & genetic factors that affect population health Explain behavioral & psychological factors that affect population health Explain the social, political & economic determinants of health & how they contribute to population health & health inequity Explain how globalization affects global burdens of disease Explain an ecological perspective on the connections among human health, animal health & ecosystem health (One Health)

 

Master of Public Health (MPH)

MPH (All Degrees)

Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health

FC1. Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice

FC 2. Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context

FC 3. Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate

FC 4. Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice Public Health & Health Care Systems

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

FC 6. Discuss 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

FC 7. Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health

FC 8. Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs

FC 9. Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention

FC 10. Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management

FC 11. Select methods to evaluate public health programs Policy in Public Health

FC 12. Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence

FC 13. Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes

FC 14. Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations

FC 15. Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity

 

Leadership

FC 16. Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making

FC 17. Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges

Communication

FC 18. Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors

FC 19. Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation

FC 20. Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content

 

Interprofessional Practice

FC 21. Perform effectively on interprofessional teams

 

Systems Thinking

FC 22. Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue

Biostatistics and Data Science

  1. Translate mathematical and statistical foundations to biostatistics
  2. Design and critically evaluate study protocols in the health sciences
  3. Design and apply comprehensive data management strategies for health-related studies
  4. Identify and apply suitable statistical methods for data analyses
  5. Effectively communicate statistical information to health practitioners and professionals

Epidemiology

  1. Describe public health issues in terms of person, place, and time from social, environmental, population, and individual perspectives.
  2. Identify and use sources of epidemiologic information and knowledge as a basis for sound research, decision-making, and data-driven public health practice.
  3. Construct suitable study designs.
  4. Interpret and communicate the results of analysis to ensure the effective application of epidemiologic methods.
  5. Always demonstrate strong ethics in the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of data used for public health practice.

Public Health Leadership

  1. Critique and integrate theories of leadership into personal philosophy of leadership
  2. Integrate principles of diversity and inclusivity into organizational goals.
  3.  Make policy recommendations at the organizational, local, state, or federal-level to improve population and community health. 
  4.  Demonstrate leadership’s role in identifying sources of risk and developing mitigation strategies in the implementation of a public health plan.
  5.  Apply quality and leadership concepts to address organizational practices.

Maternal & Child Health

  1. Identify the unique lifecourse, biological, sociocultural, and behavioral assets and challenges of public health practice with women, children and families.
  2. Critique and evaluate existing public health interventions or policies for their appropriateness and implications for women, children and families.
  3. Describe the historical landmark policies that have influenced public health practice in maternal and child health.
  4. Develop an advocacy plan that engages a community in improving maternal and child health outcomes.
  5. Describe a maternal and child issue in terms of time, magnitude/severity, scope, dispersion/location, and co-occurrence/co-morbidity.

 

Master of Health Administration (MHA)

MHA

The Master of Health Administration program is designed to prepare students for effective organizational management based on competencies and evidence based practices needed to become exceptional managers and leaders. The program is also committed to the improvement of health services through health services research and community engagement within complex health-related organizations. The 54 semester credit hour residential program and 48 semester credit hour online program are designed for aspiring and committed professionals who are interested in careers in health services administration in such settings as hospitals; managed care organizations; medical group practices; ambulatory, long- term care, insurance and pharmaceutical companies; consulting firms; government agencies; for- profit and nonprofit sector organizations. Through an internship, student portfolio and a final integrative experience, students are asked to incorporate, synthesize, and apply their knowledge within both an operational and a community context. The result is an organizational perspective that encourages students to integrate knowledge from a range of management disciplines while emphasizing accountability for effective performance. By the conclusion of the MHA program, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in:

Promoting Accountability,
Analytical Thinking,
Communication Skills 1- Writing,
Communication Skills 2- Speaking and Facilitating,
Performance Measurement,
Process and Quality Improvement,
Project Management,
Human Relations,
Strategic Orientation,
Professional and Social Responsibility,
Financial Skills and Information Technology.

 

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

PhD Health Behavior & Research

HBR PhD1. Disseminate research findings in peer-reviewed venues.

HBR PhD2. Synthesize knowledge to identify gaps in the literature about important public health issues.

HBR PhD3. Use research methods to develop, test, and implement interventions designed to achieve social and behavioral change.

PhD Epidemiology

EPID PhD1. Synthesize findings from epidemiologic studies in order to effectively communicate information that addresses public health issues.

EPID PhD2. Demonstrate an ability to design an appropriate study to address a given public health issue.

EPID PhD3. Formulate study hypotheses based on evidence to generate original research initiatives.

 

Masters (MS)in Public Health Sciences

MS Health Behavior & Research

HBR MS1. Conduct a comprehensive literature review of the psychological, social, and cultural determinants of health behavior
HBR MS2. Apply and interpret data relevant to health behavior research
HBR MS3. Communicate research findings to scientific audiences
HBR MS4. Demonstrate a core set of research skills for conducting health behavior research
HBR MS5. Use ethical principles to conduct research and professional practice

MS Epidemiology

EPID MS1. Appropriately quantify risk and protective factors for various public health problems
EPID MS2. Identify categories of threats to validity and appropriate actions to minimize them
EPID MS3. Analyze the components and applications of causal inference adopted in the field of epidemiology 
EPID MS4. Critically evaluate the quality and applicability of epidemiologic research
EPID MS5. Apply epidemiological methods and assumptions governing their use in research