MPH & DrPH Foundational Public Health Knowledge

Profession & Science of Public Health
  • D1.1. Explain public health history, philosophy and values
  • D1.2. Identify the core functions of public health and the 10 Essential Services
  • D1.3. Explain the role of quantitative and qualitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population’s health
  • D1.4. List major causes and trends of morbidity and mortality in the US or other community relevant to the school or program
  • D1.5. Discuss the science of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in population health, including health promotion, screening, etc.
  • D1.6. Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge
Factors Related to Human Health
  • D1.7. Explain effects of environmental factors on a population’s health
  • D1.8. Explain biological and genetic factors that affect a population’s health
  • D1.9. Explain behavioral and psychological factors that affect a population’s health
  • D1.10. Explain the social, political and economic determinants of health and how they contribute to population health and health inequities
  • D1.11. Explain how globalization affects global burdens of disease
  • D1.12. Explain an ecological perspective on the connections among human health, animal health and ecosystem health (e.g., One Health)

MPH Foundational Competencies

Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health
  • D2.1. Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
  • D2.2. Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
  • D2.3. Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate
  • D2.4. Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice
Public Health & Health Care Systems
  • D2.5. Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
  • D2.6. 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
Planning & Management to Promote Health
  • D2.7. Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health
  • D2.8. Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs
  • D2.9. Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
  • D2.10. Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
  • D2.11. Select methods to evaluate public health programs
Policy in Public Health
  • D2.12. Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence
  • D2.13. Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
  • D2.14. Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
  • D2.15. Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity
  • D2.16. Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
  • D2.17. Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges
  • D2.18. Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
  • D2.19. Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
  • D2.20. Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content
Interprofessional Practice
  • D2.21. Perform effectively on interprofessional teams
  • D2.22. Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue
MPH in Health Policy and Management Concentration Competencies (HPMC)
  • HPMC.1. Use policy and management tools to evaluate implications of specific programs, policies, and
  • interventions on organizations and populations.
  • HPMC.2. Develop and justify budgets that support programs and organizations in the public health and
  • health care sectors.
  • HPMC.3. Communicate evidence-based options to address public health management and policy problems.
  • HPMC.4. Apply project management and strategic management tools to create public health program goals, strategies, and objectives.
  • HPMC.5. Recommend and justify policies or organizational initiatives for implementation after examining their feasibility and implications.