Public Health

Public Health Program Competencies

Competencies describe activities or behaviors students should be able to demonstrate upon completion of a learning experience. Upon graduation, students in our program will be able to:

Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health              

  • Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
  • Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming/software
  • Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice


Public Health and Health Care Systems                                           

  • Compare organization, structure, function of national\international health care, public health, regulatory systems
  • Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and health equity


Planning & Management to Promote Health

  • Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health
  • Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design\implementation of public health policies, programs
  • Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
  • Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
  • Select methods to evaluate public health programs


Policy in Public Health

  • Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence
  • Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions\partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
  • Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
  • Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity



  • Apply principles of leadership, governance, management (e.g. creating vision, fostering collaboration )
  • Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges



  • Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
  • Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
  • Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content


Inter-Professional Practice

  • Perform effectively on inter-professional teams


Systems Thinking

  • Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue