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Victory over disease and disability has become an understandably popular and realistic goal.
– Harold Varmus, M.D. Director National Cancer Institute, Nobel Prize Laureate


The MPH program has a competency-based curriculum. That is, the MPH curriculum emphasizes certain outcomes and abilities based upon the needs of the public health workforce. Competencies are divided into those mainly addressed by core courses, and those mainly addressed by concentration courses. Both core and concentration competencies are addressed by the MPH Practicum course and the MPH Capstone course.

CORE Competencies:

  1. Perform and use statistical analyses of health data to inform community assessments and evaluations.
  2. Use epidemiologic data and research to describe the pattern of diseases in communities and identify risk factors for diseases and for health disparities.
  3. Apply systems thinking to identifying policy approaches to improve health of populations.
  4. Apply participatory strategic planning models to the development of public health plans for the prevention and control of disease.
  5. Select, critique, and apply appropriate health behavior theories to plan health promotion strategies.
  6. Identify the major environmental and occupational hazards that pose a risk to individuals’ health through their interaction with the environment.


  1. Apply frameworks for social determinants of health to public health practice.
  2. Critically appraise the evidence basis for public health interventions in a community.
  3. Apply evidence-based frameworks to public health practice and problem solving.
  4. Design and implement community-level interventions to promote health, prevent chronic illness, and reduce disparities.
  5. Design and conduct evaluations of the acceptability and effectiveness of public health interventions.
  6. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication with professional and diverse public audiences.
  7. Exhibit the teamwork, leadership, social, and interpersonal skills necessary to collaborate effectively with agencies, coalitions, and networks in communities in defining and addressing public health issues.
  8. Demonstrate sensitivity to diversity and cultural differences when working in community partnerships.