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.
Health Policy MPH Competencies
Upon receiving an M.P.H. degree with a concentration in Health Policy, the student will be able to:
- Evaluate the efficiency of public policies using economic concepts
- Identify market failures in the market for public health activities and health care
- Conduct decision analysis to evaluate prevention, screening, and treatment alternatives in public health and clinical medicine
- Critically evaluate both the methods and application of cost-effectiveness analysis to inform public health decision-making
- Assess statistical findings and empirical literature to enhance policy design and implementation
- Synthesize the research literature, assessing strengths and weaknesses of published findings, to guide evidence-informed policymaking
- Describe and assess the historical evolution of how different countries systems for financing and delivering health care have evolved and influenced the health of their populations
- Describe the role of the major U.S. political institutions in health policy and politics.
- Identify and evaluate different strategies for financing, regulatory and delivery system reform
- Influence health policy and management decision making
- Understand strategies of media advocacy to effectively reshape public awareness and opinion on health-related issues
- Describe conceptual frameworks for political agenda setting
- Assess how well different governance arrangements and policy designs result in a health care system that is responsive to differences in health needs among subsets of the population
- Describe legal perspectives and institutions that affect health policy and public health, including assessment of legal and regulatory environments in the context of public health
- Understand the ethical distinctions and professional norms associated with different paradigms for policy analysis and their implications for health policy
- Demonstrate written communication skills to effectively communicate in professional health policy and community settings
- Demonstrate oral communication and presentation skills to effectively communicate in professional health policy and community settings
- Demonstrate leadership, team-based collaboration, and management skills