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DrPH Competencies

Dr.P.H. Program

CEPH DrPH Learning Objectives
Profession & Science of Public Health

  1. Explain public health history, philosophy and values
  2. Identify the core functions of public health and the 10 Essential Services
  3. Explain the role of quantitative and qualitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population’s health
  4. List major causes and trends of morbidity and mortality in the US or other community relevant to the school or program
  5. Discuss the science of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in population health, including health promotion, screening, etc.
  6. Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge

Factors Related to Human Health

  1. Explain effects of environmental factors on a population’s health
  2. Explain biological and genetic factors that affect a population’s health
  3. Explain behavioral and psychological factors that affect a population’s health
  4. Explain the social, political and economic determinants of health and how they contribute to population health and health inequities
  5. Explain how globalization affects global burdens of disease
  6. Explain an ecological perspective on the connections among human health, animal health and ecosystem health (eg, One Health)

CEPH DrPH Competencies
Data & Analysis

  1. Explain qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods and policy analysis research and evaluation methods to address health issues at multiple (individual, group, organization, community and population) levels
  2. Design a qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, policy analysis or evaluation project to address a public health issue
  3. Explain the use and limitations of surveillance systems and national surveys in assessing, monitoring and evaluating policies and programs and to address a population’s health

Leadership, Management & Governance

  1. Propose strategies for health improvement and elimination of health inequities by organizing stakeholders, including researchers, practitioners, community leaders and other partners
  2. Communicate public health science to diverse stakeholders, including individuals at all levels of health literacy, for purposes of influencing behavior and policies
  3. Integrate knowledge, approaches, methods, values and potential contributions from multiple professions and systems in addressing public health problems
  4. Create a strategic plan
  5. Facilitate shared decision making through negotiation and consensus-building methods
  6. Create organizational change strategies
  7. Propose strategies to promote inclusion and equity within public health programs, policies and systems
  8. Assess one’s own strengths and weaknesses in leadership capacities including cultural proficiency
  9. Propose human, fiscal and other resources to achieve a strategic goal
  10. Cultivate new resources and revenue streams to achieve a strategic goal

Policy & Programs

  1. Design a system-level intervention to address a public health issue
  2. Integrate knowledge of cultural values and practices in the design of public health policies and programs
  3. Integrate scientific information, legal and regulatory approaches, ethical frameworks and varied stakeholder interests in policy development and analysis
  4. Propose interprofessional team approaches to improving public health

Education & Workforce Development

  1. Assess an audience’s knowledge and learning needs
  2. Deliver training or educational experiences that promote learning in academic, organizational or community settings
  3. Use best practice modalities in pedagogical practices

Cross-cutting Competencies
At the completion of the DrPH degree program all students will be able to:

  1. Apply evidence-based practice, generation of practice-based evidence, and leadership positions that apply and synthesize translational and implementation science findings in governmental, non-profit, and private-sector settings as well as teaching, research, and service in academic roles at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to generate products that discover, apply, and synthesize evidence from a broad range of disciplines and health-related data sources, in order to advance programs, policies, or systems addressing population health.  Learning products may be created in a range of formats.
  3. Demonstrate leadership in increasingly interdisciplinary, interprofessional,  and cross-­sectoral roles and settings.
  4. Develop innovative, current, and proactive approaches to adapt to the ever-changing public health systems and health care landscape.
  5. Explain a core, interdisciplinary orientation toward evidence-based public health practice, leadership, policy analysis and development, evaluation methods, and translational and implementation research to generate practice-based evidence.
  6. Demonstrate an ability to work in a global context, recognizing the relationships among domestic and global issues.

Biostatistics Competencies

  1. Design a public health and biomedical investigation in terms of the experimental design, data to be collected that reflect research objectives, number of subjects needed, and specification of appropriate methods for analysis.
  2. Analyze public health and biomedical data using appropriate statistical software such as SAS, R and S-plus.
  3. Interpret analytic methods used in the public health and biomedical journals, as well as critique published reports of public health and biomedical experiments as to the validity of the inferential conclusions.
  4. Develop new biostatistical methods and new ideas for applying existing biostatistical methods to applications in public health and the biomedical sciences.
  5. Develop written and oral reports to communicate effectively with research investigators the pivotal aspects of a study, including: design, study objectives, data analysis methodology, results and conclusions.
  6. Create a collaborative environment for working on written and oral reports.

Community Health Behavior and Education Competencies

  1. Identify basic theories, concepts and models from a range of social and behavioral disciplines that are used in public health research and practice.
  2. Communicate and interact with people across diverse disciplines, communities and cultures for development of programs, policies, and research.
  3. Develop collaborative partnerships with communities, policy makers, and other relevant groups.
  4. Engage communities in creating evidence-based, culturally competent programs.
  5. Understand community-based participatory intervention and research projects.
  6. Design action plans for enhancing community and population-based health.
  7. Assess cultural, environmental, and social justice influences on the health of communities.
  8. Implement culturally and linguistically appropriate programs, services, and research.

Epidemiology Competencies

  1. Design a public health and epidemiological investigation in terms of experimental design, data to be collected that reflect the research objectives, and specification of appropriate methods of analysis.
  2. Analyze public health and epidemiological data using appropriate statistical software such as SAS and R.
  3. Develop new epidemiological methods and new ideas for applying existing epidemiological methods to applications in public health and the epidemiological sciences.
  4. Develop written and oral reports to communicate effectively with research investigators the pivotal aspects of a study, including: design, study objectives, data analysis methodology, results, and conclusions.
  5. Create a collaborative environment for working on written and oral reports.
  6. Employ basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of epidemiological measures.

Public Health Leadership Competencies

  1. Evaluate the economic, professional, social and legislative influences as well as values and ethical dilemmas in public health that are inherent in efforts to control cost, while assuring access and quality of services, safety and preparedness, for the public.
  2. Analyze the trends in planning, resource allocation, and financing and their effects on consumers, providers, and payers in public health; evaluate the main components and issues of the organization, financing and delivery of public health systems in the US.
  3. Evaluate the application and role of policy and management on the conduct of public health research and practice through the application of qualitative and quantitative research methods for public health problem solving; evaluate grants, proposals or cooperative agreements for funding from external sources.
  4. Assess the ability to manage programs within budget constraints through analysis of budget preparation with justification and evaluation as related to public health initiatives; apply prevention effectiveness models to prevention strategies through cost effectiveness, cost-benefit, and cost-utility analysis.
  5. Analyze leadership skills for building partnerships in public health; analyze health policy and management effectiveness using appropriate channels and technologies.
  6. Evaluate the process for strategic planning and marketing for public health through the analysis of quality, cost benefit, and performance improvement concepts and develop a plan to implement a policy or program, including goals, outcomes and process objectives, staffing plans, budget and implementation steps.
  7. Analyze the policy development, assessment, and evaluation process for improving the health status of populations including urban rural differences wile applying population and individual ethical considerations in relation to benefit, cost and burden of public health programs. Use this knowledge to advocate for programs and resources that advance the health of the population
  8. Analyze information from various sources to resource and program decision making and evaluate how “systems thinking” can contribute to solving public health organizational issues and problems while being mindful of the principles of health equity for public health problem solving.

Last updated: 2/21/2019