College of Health and Human Services
George Mason University
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George Mason University

MPH Concentration Competencies

Community Health Promotion

  • Apply appropriate social, behavioral, and communication theories, concepts and models in health promotion research and practice.
  • Assess the needs and capacities of communities and vulnerable populations to prioritize and inform the development of appropriate health promotion interventions.
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate evidenced-based, theory-driven, and culturally-appropriate health promotion programs and policies.
  • Identify, develop, deliver, and evaluate health communication messages using a variety of mediums
  • Administer and manage health promotion programs and primary prevention services
  • Serve as a health promotion resource person
  • Advocate for programs and policies that improve health, support public health systems, and advance the practice of public health promotion.
  • Analyze, synthesize, and interpret research findings in the professional literature to inform health promotion research and practice.


  • Recognize domestic and global public health problems pertinent to the overall population and demographic, cultural, and other subgroups of the population.
  • Use data from surveillance activities and published literature to identify acute and chronic conditions or other adverse outcomes in the population.
  • Design appropriate studies to conduct (a) surveillance, (b) screening, (c) outbreak investigations, (d) program evaluation, and (e) research.
  • Organize and analyze data from epidemiologic investigations of (a) surveillance, (b) screening, (c) outbreak investigation, (d) program evaluation, (e) research.
  • Communicate the process of conducting research in human populations.
  • Evaluate results of an epidemiological analysis, identify sources of bias and communicate appropriate conclusions in context of the methodology and sources of bias.
  • Conduct systematic reviews that appropriately summarize epidemiological, clinical, and laboratory evidence.
  • Recommend evidence-based interventions and control measures in response to epidemiologic findings.
  • Know how causes of disease affect epidemiologic practice.
  • Describe the process for applying epidemiological principles to (a) surveillance, (b) screening, (c) outbreak investigation, (d) program evaluation, and (e) research.

Food Security and Nutrition

  • Conduct systematic research literature reviews on the effect of nutrition programs, policies, and practices.
  • Apply the concepts and science of food and nutrition in formulating strategies aimed at improving individual and population health outcomes.
  • Integrate the social, cultural, historical, political, biological, and environmental factors to plan and evaluate public health nutrition programs.
  • Evaluate health and nutritional status of individuals and communities.
  • Apply the basic principles of food selection to support healthy dietary practices amongst individuals and population.

Global Health

  • Compare the major causes of morbidity, disability, and mortality in each world region.
  • Describe the sociocultural, behavioral, economic, political, biological, and environmental risk factors for health concerns of global importance.
  • Select evidence-based, ethical, and sustainable prevention and control strategies for health issues of global importance.
  • Explain the roles and relationships of the major organizations involved in prioritizing, funding, and implementing global health policies, programs, and interventions.
  • Describe the process for planning, implementing, and managing partnerships, policies, programs, and interventions that address global health priorities
  • Describe the process for conducting global health research, needs assessments, and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Develop public health programs and strategies responsive to the diverse cultural values and traditions of the communities being served.
  • Demonstrate the effective written and oral skills for communicating with diverse audiences in the context of professional public health activities.

Health Policy

  • Describe the environment and issues for developing and influencing public policy that are important to various stakeholders in the healthcare system.
  • Explain the theoretical, environmental, political and legal frameworks for public policy making.
  • Apply the effective use of research and various policy analysis tools for supporting policy development, implementation and evaluation.
  • Demonstrate ability to write and speak in a clear, logical, persuasive and grammatical manner for policy-related situations and audiences.
  • Lead and facilitate constructive interactions with individuals and various policy stakeholder groups to achieve optimum decision-making in policy advocacy, development, implementation and analysis.
  • Align personal and organizational conduct with ethical and professional standards.
  • Critically evaluate policy issues, ideas, events and process in advance of policy development and decision making.

Public Health Communication

  • Understand the strategic roles of communication and marketing in public health practice.
  • Understand major health communication theories, and how they apply to public health practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan evidence-based and culturally sensitive public health communication programs.
  • Demonstrate the ability to implement evidence-based and culturally sensitive public health communication programs using a variety of communication channels.
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate evidence-based and culturally sensitive public health communication programs.
  • Ability to conduct research to guide the development, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of public health communication programs.

Public Health Practice

  • Conduct systematic research literature reviews on evaluated public health programs, policies, and practices.
  • Select evidence‐based and culturally appropriate public health programs, policies, and health services for improving population and community health.
  • Formulate strategies for obtaining input from community partners and stakeholders before planning and implementing evidence‐based programs, policies, and practices.
  • Plan community health needs and capacities assessments using community‐based participatory approaches.
  • Integrate theory and practice to plan and evaluate evidenced‐based, theory‐driven, and culturally‐appropriate public health programs and policies.
  • Develop public health risk and crisis communication plans using best practices and models.
  • Identify effective principles of management and leadership in public health practice.