Public Health Core and Concentration Competencies

Core Competencies

Assessment and Analytical Skills

Demonstrates the ability to:

  • Assess the health status of populations and their related determinants of health and illness
  • Describe the characteristics of a population based health problem
  • Reference public health data sources and identify gaps in information
  • Make community-based inferences using qualitative and quantitative data
  • Collect, store, retrieve and analyze qualitative and quantitative data
  • Synthesize demographic, statistical, programmatic and scientific information

Communication Skills

  • Communicates public health information effectively to multiple audiences.
  • Presents (orally and in writing) qualitative and quantitative data to address scientific, political, ethical and social public health issues.

Cultural Competency Skills

  • Compares across countries cultural and social paradigms underlying public health initiatives.

Leadership and Management Skills

  • Uses individual and team learning opportunities for personal and professional development.

Public Health Sciences Skills

  • Identifies the core contributions of the basic public health sciences (including biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health services administration, and social and behavioral health sciences).
  • Describes the scientific evidence related to public health issues through information retrieval from a variety of text and electronic sources and discusses the limitations of research findings.
  • Describes the laws, regulations, policies, and procedures for the ethical conduct of research.

Community Health Concentration Competencies

Program Planning and Policy Development Skills

  • Uses a global perspective to critique public health programs, research, policies, and health care systems.
  • Contributes to collaborative program planning and evaluation processes, including implementing, monitoring, and evaluating public health programs.

Cultural Competency Skills

  • Describes cultural and linguistic characteristics and literacy levels of populations to be served.

Community Dimensions of Practice Skills

  • Systematically maps stakeholders who constitute the community linkages and relationships essential to involve in public health initiatives.
  • Identifies community assets including governmental and non-governmental resources in the delivery of public health services.

Leadership and Management Skills

Demonstrates the ability to:

  • Prepare a programmatic budget.
  • Describe the organizational structure and policies of a public health agency.
  • Adhere to an organization’s policies and procedures.
  • Identify strategies to address the public health needs of a defined population.


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