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

MPH Concentration Competencies

Community Health Promotion

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


  1. Utilize data and literature to recognize domestic and global public health problems pertinent to the overall population and to demographic, cultural, or other subgroups of the population.
  2. Identify determinants or risk factors of human health and disease.
  3. Select appropriate study design(s) to investigate a public health concern.
  4. Communicate epidemiologic evidence to lay and scientific audiences. 
  5. Conduct systematic reviews that appropriately summarize epidemiologic literature. 
  6. Implement strategies for minimizing bias in epidemiologic studies.
  7. Conduct a reproducible data analysis project.

Food Security and Nutrition

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

Global Health

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

Health Policy

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

Public Health Communication

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

Public Health Practice

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