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.

EMD Competencies

Upon obtaining an MPH degree in the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, the student will be able to:
  • Define the scope and worldwide impact of infectious diseases.
  • Describe the processes that drive transmission and maintenance of infectious agents.
  • Describe the epidemiology of the major infectious diseases worldwide as well as risk exposures and behaviors as these relate to transmission.
  • Describe the host genetic and immunologic factors that affect transmission and disease progression.
  • Describe pathogen-related determinants that contribute to transmission and disease.
  • Explain the interrelationship between the environment and the emergence and maintenance of infectious diseases in populations.
  • Describe and critically evaluate approaches for the prevention and control of infectious diseases and define the key issues to their effective use.
  • Apply principles and concepts obtained through coursework to design and implement studies on the etiology, detection, prevention or control of infectious diseases in the laboratory and field.
  • Define the ethical challenges in infectious disease research.