MPH Competencies


EHS students visit a local water treatment facility.

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.

EHS Competencies

Upon receiving an MPH degree with a concentration in Environmental Health Sciences, the student will be able to:
  • Discuss the basic principles of how contaminants are introduced into the air, water, soil, and food and then transported through the environment.
  • Describe the mechanisms of toxicity of biological, chemical, and physical stressors, including absorption, distribution, metabolic transformation, elimination, and genetic susceptibility.
  • Use epidemiological, exposure assessment toxicological, and statistical techniques in assessing the risks associated with environmental hazards in the working, residential, and community environments.
  • Apply the basic principles used to manage risks associated with exposure to environmental hazards.
  • Review, critique and evaluate environmental epidemiology research articles.
  • Evaluate the scientific merit and feasibility of environmental epidemiology study designs.
  • Synthesize information from a variety of environmental health and related studies.
  • Coordinate an environmental epidemiology study, with minimal supervision.
  • Write up and present research findings to professional audiences.