The MPH competencies are based on those approved by the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) in 2006. By graduation, all MPH students must demonstrate the ability to apply public health perspectives, knowledge, and skills in five discipline specific areas (biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health policy and management, social and behavioral sciences) and three cross-cutting areas. The discipline specific competencies are covered in the following five core public health courses: PH 604 Health Policy & Management, PH 607 Biostatistics, PH 608 Behavioral and Social Aspects of Public Health, PH 618 Epidemiology, and PH 648 Environmental Health. The cross-cutting competencies are embedded throughout the entire curriculum. In addition, MPH students are evaluated on competencies associated with their chosen Track Option: Community Health or Global Health.



Adopted from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
MPH Foundational Competencies 2016



1. 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

2. Public Health & Health Care Systems

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

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

3. Planning & Management to
Promote Health


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

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

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

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

11. Select methods to evaluate public health programs

4. Policy in Public


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

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

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

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

5. Leadership


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

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

6. Communication

18. Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors

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

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

7. Interprofessional Practice

21. Perform effectively on interprofessional teams

8. Systems Thinking

22. Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue



1. Identify valid sources of public health information including peer-reviewed literature, government records, and publicly available datasets.

2. Understand and apply ethical practices and standards in public health.

3. Integrate principles of social justice into public health practice and promotion.




1. Demonstrate an understanding of the mechanisms and pathways by which social, economic, and historical factors contribute to health inequities and result in health disparities in the United States.

2. Identify and analyze strategies aimed at reducing social inequities in health.

3. Demonstrate competence using specific community health planning data sources to assist community collaborative groups in program/action prioritization.

4. Identify and adapt evidence-based programs and strategies that are most appropriate for community-based needs and priorities

5. Apply community based participatory approaches to the development and implementation of community research, interventions, and policies.


1. Analyze global health determinants, measurements, burdens and challenges

2. Synthesize social, economic and political forces shaping global health with solutions for harm reduction and improved health outcomes

3. Apply global health policy and intervention strategies to address health problems in low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs)

4. Synthesize the relationship between culture, health systems, human rights, and global health inequities.

5. Analyze ethical issues in global health work within diverse economic, political and cultural contexts.


1. Examine historical origins of the U.S. criminal justice system and analyze the development of legal systems and the impacts of mass incarceration.

2. Examine U.S. law and public health at the intersection of the criminal justice system.

3. Investigate how systemic oppression, racism, and discrimination fuels justice involvement and its impacts on public health.

4. Evaluate the collateral consequences of criminal justice policy at local, state and federal levels and their impact on community health.

5. Examine the cumulative effects of police violence on community trauma as a social determinant of health.

6. Formulate, analyze, and advocate for policies aimed to improve the health of populations impacted by the criminal justice system.