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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