Competencies and Learning Objectives

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Master of Public Health (MPH)
Master of Health Administration (MHA)
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Master of Public Health (MPH)

Master of Health Administration(MHA)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Masters (MS)in Public Health Sciences

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Master of Public Health (MPH)

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Foundational Competencies

Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health
Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using appropriate biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software
Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice

Public Health and Health Care Systems
Compare the organization, structure and function to health care public health and regulatory systems both national and international
Discuss how structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels

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 policies or programs
Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
Select methods to evaluate public health programs

Policy in Public Health
Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence
Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity

Apply principles of leadership, governance and mgmt. including creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges

Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
Communicate audience-appropriate public health context, through both written and oral presentation
Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content

Interprofessional Practice
Perform effectively on inter-professional teams

Systems Thinking
Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue


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

Professional Option

Make policy recommendations at the organizational, local, state or federal level to improve population and community health.
Apply the principles of program planning, development, budgeting, management, and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives.
Apply quality and performance improvement concepts to address organizational performance issues.
Apply principles of ethical analysis (e.g., the Public Health Code of Ethics, human rights framework, other moral theories) and distinguish between population and individual ethical considerations in relation to the benefits, costs, and burdens of public health programs.
Apply the attributes of leadership in public health in interprofessional and collaborative community contexts.

Public Health Practice

Public Health Practice Competencies Course
Translate research findings into plain language formats for community audiences BACH 5350: Community Health Program Evaluation
Design a mixed methods evaluation design that meets a need for a community organization BACH 5350: Community Health Program Evaluation
Create data visualizations that simplify and streamline complex material for community audiences BACH 5350: Community Health Program Evaluation
Develop a proposal that demonstrates the link between community needs, intervention strategies, and resource allocation BACH 5340: Community Assessment and Program Planning
Articulate the history and politics of regional community public health efforts BACH 5345: Participatory Approaches to Improving Community Health

Maternal & Child Health

Identify the unique lifecourse, biological, sociocultural, and behavioral assets and challenges of public health practice with women, children and families.
Critique and evaluate existing public health interventions or policies for their appropriateness and implications for women, children and families.
Describe the historical landmark policies that have influenced public health practice in maternal and child health.
Develop an advocacy plan that engages a community in improving maternal and child health outcomes.
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)


MPH content


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

PhD Health Behavior & Research

MPH content

PhD Epidemiology

MPH content


Masters (MS)in Public Health Sciences

MS Health Behavior & Research

MPH content

MS Epidemiology

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