The Public Health Program adopted a new set of competencies in the 2018-2019 academic year. Click here for a full list.

The following competencies were adopted and operationalized from 2014 - 2018.

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.

  1. [Biostatistics] Describe the role of biostatistics in the discipline of public health

  2. [Biostatistics] Apply basic statistical techniques to describe, analyze and interpret public health data and research

  3. [Epidemiology] Apply descriptive and experimental epidemiologic terms, methods and study designs to reveal associations between the characteristics of a population and the features of an environment with health

  4. [Epidemiology] Identify key sources of data for epidemiologic purposes, draw appropriate inferences from epidemiologic studies and understand the limitations of a specific data source

  5. [Environmental Health] Describe major environmental risk factors, evaluate their impact on the health of populations, describe and critique the risk assessment process, and review strategies for prevention and remediation within the context of environmental justice

  6. [Health Policy and Management] Identify the main components and issues of the organization, financing and delivery of healthcare services and public health systems in the US

  7. [Health Policy and Management] Describe medical care delivery and policy processes with an emphasis on systems thinking, basic management concepts and quality of care implications

  8. [Social and Behavioral Sciences] Identify the social and behavioral determinants that affect the health of individuals and communities

  9. [Social and Behavioral Sciences] Understand and critique the application of theories, concepts and models used to interpret relationships between social determinants and health outcomes in research, interventions, policy and practice

  10. [Cross-cutting] Identify valid sources of public health information including peer-reviewed literature, government records, and publically available datasets

  11. [Cross-cutting] Understand and apply ethical practices and standards in public health

  12. [Cross-cutting] Integrate principles of social justice into public health practice and promotion

MPH Concentration Competencies


1. Identify and assess community status and community health needs

2. Plan, develop, and implement community health programs using a variety of strategies to improve a community's health

3. Advocate for better health and wellbeing through community mobilization efforts

4. Analyze and/or evaluate policies that impact a community’s health

5. Demonstrate cultural sensitivity towards underserved populations

6. Manage fiscal and organizational resources to insure optimal program and service delivery

7. Evaluate the efficacy of health promotion/prevention programs

8. Demonstrate a commitment to social justice and health equity

9. Explain and interpret the roles and/or approaches of public health organizations

10. Synthesize and disseminate public health information

11. Apply conceptual framework s of health patterns, determinants and disparities in support of community health policy, education, promotion or prevention


1. Define the global public health challenges of the developing world in terms of key parameters including population, region, countries and magnitude.

2. Explain the political economy of global health issues.

3. Demonstrate the linkages between local and global health problems

4. Demonstrate the health disparities within the developing states and between the developed and developing world.

5. Communicate effectively the mandates, roles and approaches of international public health organizations.

6. Facilitate to build partnership with health institutions of higher learning, the NGO sector and local community organizations.

7. Demonstrate an understanding of community’s awareness of their own health problems and their solutions.

8. Recognize the primacy of local solutions to global health issues and promote participatory approaches to problem solving

9. Demonstrate a commitment to public health that values social justice and promotes health equity globally.

10. Apply theoretical concepts related to global health patterns and social determinants in support of global health policy, promotion or prevention

11. Engage in critical thinking about global health policy and health strategies, especially regarding feasibility, cost effectiveness, sustainability and scalability of different approaches

12. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of listening in an unbiased manner, respecting diverse points of view, and observing humility in international situations

13. Develop skills to advocate for programs, resources and policies that advance global public health


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