School of Public Health

TEST Competencies and Learning Objectives

Competencies for all SPH degrees

Profession & Science of Public Health

  • Explain history, philosophy and values
  • Identify the core functions & 10 essential services
  • Explain role of quantitative & qualitative methods & sciences to describe & assess a population’s
  • 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)

Competencies by degree

Master of Public Health - All degrees

Foundational Competencies

Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health

Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings & situations in public health practice
Select quantitative & qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
Analyze quantitative & qualitative data using appropriate biostatistics, informatics, computer-based
programming & software

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  • Two
  • Three

Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice
Public Health & Health Care Systems
Compare the organization, structure & function to health care public health & regulatory systems both
national & international
Discuss how structural bias, social inequities & racism undermine health & create challenges to achieving
health equity at organizational, community & societal levels
Planning & Management to Promote Health
Assess population needs, assets & capacities that affect communities’ health
Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or
Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
Explain basic principles & tools of budget & 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 & evidence
Propose strategies to identify stakeholders & build coalitions & partnerships for influencing public health
Advocate for political, social or economic policies & programs that will improve health in diverse populations
Evaluate policies for their impact on public health & health equity
Apply principles of leadership, governance & mgmt. including creating a vision, empowering others, fostering
collaboration & guiding decision making
Apply negotiation & mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges
Select communication strategies for different audiences & sectors
Communicate audience-appropriate public health context, through both written & 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

MPH - Epidemiology

Epidemiology CompetenciesDescribe 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 epidemiologicmethods.Always demonstrate strong ethics in the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of data usedfor public health practice.

MPH - Professional Option

MPH Professional Option Competencies & Learning OutcomesMaster of Public Health (MPH)Professional Option (PO)Concentration Competencies and Learning OutcomesHealth Policy and ManagementThe MPH student will discuss the policy process for improving the health status ofpopulations.The MPH student will apply the principles of program planning, development,budgeting, management and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives.The MPH student will apply quality and performance improvement concepts to addressorganizational performance issues.ProfessionalismThe MPH student will apply basic principles of ethical analysis (e.g., the Public HealthCode of Ethics, human rights framework, other moral theories) to issues of publichealth practice and policy.The MPH student will distinguish between population and individual ethicalconsiderations in relation o the benefits, costs, and burdens of public health programs.MPH-PO Competency 3LeadershipThe MPH student will describe the attributes of leadership in public health.The MPH student will describe the alternative strategies for collaboration andpartnership among organizations, focused on public health goals.

MPH - Public Health Practice

Public Health Practice CompetenciesTranslate research findings into plain language formats for community audiencesDesign a mixed methods evaluation design that meets a need for a community organizationCreate data visualizations that simplify and streamline complex material for community audiencesDevelop a proposal that demonstrates the link between community needs, intervention strategies,and resource allocationArticulate the history and politics of regional community public health efforts?

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Master of Health Administration(MHA)

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