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MPH Competencies

MPH Program

CEPH MPH 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 MPH Competencies
Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health

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

Public Health & Health Care Systems

  1. Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
  2. 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

  1. Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health
  2. Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs
  3. Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
  4. Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
  5. Select methods to evaluate public health programs

Policy in Public Health

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


  1. Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
  2. Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges


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

Interprofessional Practice

  1. Perform effectively on interprofessional teams

Systems Thinking

  1. Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue

Biostatistics Concentration

  1. Provide the biostatistical components of the design of a public health or biomedical experiment.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in SAS programming to solve biomedical problems.
  3. Demonstrate comprehension of ethical issues in biomedical studies, such as treatment efficacy and patient safety.
  4. Translate the biomedical experimental objectives into biostatistical questions via hypothesis testing or confidence interval framework.
  5. Describe key concepts and theory underlying biostatistical methodology used in probability and inferential, analytical and descriptive statistics.

Community Health Concentration

  1. Apply basic theories, concepts and models from a range of social and behavioral disciplines in public health research and practice.
  2. Evaluate the contribution of logic models in program development, implementation, and evaluation.
  3. Develop a culturally appropriate social marketing plan to address a social or behavioral issue in the target population.
  4. Develop intervention recommendations based on community analysis of determinant sequencing and causal diagrams.
  5. Evaluate a variety of participatory methods that can be used in community health analysis and assessment.

Environmental Health Sciences Concentration

  1. Describe the direct and indirect environmental and occupational health hazards with respect to infectivity, toxicity, and physiological impacts on communities and the adverse effects on the ecosystem.
  2. Explain exposure pathways, and transmission mechanisms by which environmental/occupational agents influence human and the ecosystem health.
  3. Analyze environmental and occupational health risk assessment methods, directed towards prediction and management of these hazards to address community concerns, including environmental justice and equity, while adhering to pertinent regulatory guidelines.
  4. Specify appropriate environmental monitoring and impact assessment methods and intervention strategies to support or advocate for environmental/occupational health policy development.
  5. Develop age-appropriate educational material to relay public health risk information to lay audiences.

Epidemiology Concentration

  1. Identify, utilize, and interpret routinely collected epidemiologic data from a variety of settings.
  2. Apply descriptive and analytic data analysis methods to epidemiologic data using statistical software, as appropriate.
  3. Draw valid inferences from epidemiologic data at an intermediate level to assess the burden of disease or exposure-disease associations.
  4. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports.
  5. Engage in the dissemination of epidemiologic findings suitable to professional or lay audiences.

Health Policy & Management Concentration

  1. Evaluate a health policy and its implications for different populations, healthcare and public health systems.
  2. Describe the legal and ethical dilemmas in public health systems.
  3. Apply principles of healthcare financing, reimbursement methodologies, and budgeting to public or private health settings.
  4. Explain the principles of informatics, data management, and using data to inform public health policy and programming
  5. Demonstrate applications of theoretical foundations of leadership principles and styles.


  1. Demonstrate how data and information are used to improve individual, program, and/or organizational performance (e.g., selection and use of valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data, data-driven decision making, data management, performance measurement).
  2. Explain the importance of evaluations for improving programs, and services.
  3. Target/Tailor messages for disseminating public health data and information (e.g., social media, newspapers, newsletters, journals, town hall meetings, libraries, neighborhood gatherings).
  4. Recognize the role of cultural, social, and behavioral factors in the accessibility, availability, acceptability, and delivery of public health services.
  5. Engages community members to improve health in a community (e.g., input in developing and implementing community health assessments and improvement plans, feedback about programs and services).
  6. Participate with stakeholders in identifying key public health values and a shared public health vision as guiding principles for community action.

Last updated: 3/28/2019