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MPH Foundational Competencies

These MPH Foundational Competencies were established by the Council on Education for Public Health as a framework for monitoring the quality of student learning, promoting student success, and advancing the field of public health. The 22 foundational competencies are organized across eight themes of professional practice.

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 for a given public health context
  3. Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming, and software
  4. Interpret results of data analysis for public health research

Public Health and 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
  3. Assess population needs, assets, and capacities that affect communities' health

Planning and Management to Promote Health

  1. Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs
  2. Design a population-based policy, program, project, or intervention
  3. Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
  4. 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

Leadership

  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

Communication

  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

Inter-professional Practice

  1. Perform effectively on inter-professional teams

Systems Thinking

  1. Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue
Expertise