Competencies for the M.P.H. Global Health Concentration and the Advanced Professional M.P.H. Program Global Health Track

Each student in the Global Health Concentration will master the core curriculum competencies and the competencies for the student’s department or program. In addition, upon receiving an M.P.H. degree in the Global Health Concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the major causes of morbidity and mortality in the world and in the world’s major regions. Students should be able to broadly differentiate the causes of morbidity and mortality by age, gender, income quintile within countries, and country income group.
  • Describe cross-national determinants of health based on courses selected from the five perspectives on public health: biomedicine; epidemiology; psychosocial/ social and behavioral/ anthropology; development/ political economy; ethics/ history/ humanities. Students should be able to explain how those determinants vary by age, gender, income quintile within countries, and country income group.
  • Assess global health issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, including public health disciplines, medicine, international relations, environmental studies, political science, law, anthropology, economics and others.
  • Analyze global health problems taking into account their social, political, economic, legal, and human rights dimensions.
  • Propose evidence-based solutions to the key health problems affecting maternal, newborn and child health; adolescent health; and the health of adults.
  • Understand and critically assess the different components of the global health governance infrastructure.
  • Apply necessary leadership skills to serve as bridges between the global health research and practice settings.
  • Apply research methods in the design, monitoring, and evaluation of global health initiatives.
  • Explain and propose solutions for the unique challenges involved in conducting public health research in low-resource settings.
  • Describe and analyze different roles of global public health practitioners and apply this to individual career development.
  • Students should be able to communicate global health issues, causes, and solutions to diverse stakeholders including practitioners, lay audiences, policy staff, media, and scientists.