MPH Competencies


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Core Competencies

Upon completing the core curriculum of the MPH program, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge base in the disciplines of biostatistics, chronic and infectious disease epidemiology, health systems, public policy, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental health.
  • Apply basic research skills to specific public health problems in both group and individual settings, including the ability to define problems; construct, articulate and test hypotheses; draw conclusions; and communicate findings to a variety of audiences.
  • Explain the interrelationships between a multitude of factors that can impact on a public health problem, including scientific, medical, environmental, cultural, social, behavioral, economic, political, and ethical factors.
  • Review, critique, and evaluate public health reports and research articles.
  • Apply public health concepts, principles, and methodologies obtained through formal course work to actual problems experienced in the community or work environment.
  • Critically evaluate programs, interventions, and outcomes that relate to public health practice.
  • Apply ethical standards and professional values as they relate to the practice of public health.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the social context within which public health professionals practice.

Competencies - Biostatistics

Upon receiving an MPH degree with a concentration in Biostatistics, the student will be able to:

  • Describe concepts of probability, random variation and commonly used statistical probability distributions.
  • Develop an efficient design for collecting, recording, and storing data collected in the conduct of public health and medical research.
  • Develop sample size and statistical power calculations for basic study designs including those utilized in clinical trials.
  • Design efficient computer programs for study management, statistical analysis, as well as presentation using SAS and other programming languages. Produce edited data sets suitable for statistical analyses
  • Apply informatic techniques with vital statistics and public health records in the description of public health characteristics and in public health research and evaluation.
  • Perform analyses of stated hypotheses using a variety of analytical tools including analysis of variance, multiple regression, nonparametric statistics, logistic regression, multivariate analyses, and methods for analyzing rates and failure time data.
  • Interpret results of statistical analyses and use these results to make relevant inferences from data.
  • Produce working tables and statistical summaries describing research in health science.
  • Develop written presentations based on statistical analyses for both public health professionals and educated lay audiences.
  • Develop oral presentations based on statistical analyses for both public health professionals and educated lay audiences.