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.

CDE Competencies


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

  • Evaluate the scientific merit and feasibility of epidemiologic study designs      
  • Describe the epidemiology of common chronic diseases with more in-depth knowledge of a specialty area     
  • Synthesize information from a variety of epidemiologic and related studies
  • Design epidemiologic studies at an intermediate level    
  • Analyze data and draw appropriate inferences from epidemiologic studies at an intermediate level       
  • Demonstrate oral and written communication and presentation skills to effectively communicate and disseminate results to various professional and community audiences
  • Describe basic pathophysiology of selected chronic diseases
  • Identify, interpret, and use routinely collected data on disease occurrence
  • Review, critique and evaluate epidemiologic reports and research articles at an intermediate level
  • Apply basic principles of health promotion and disease prevention to prevent and control chronic diseases.