Public Health Competencies

The Graduate Programs in Public Health’s curriculum is designed to provide students with a strong understanding of all aspects of public health while developing professional public health skills. To facilitate achievement of this goal, the curriculum focuses on attaining mastery of public health competencies. These include foundational public health competencies identified by the Council on Education for PublicHealth (CEPH), and competencies specific to the UNE MPH online program.

The foundational competencies are based in the core public health knowledge areas (biostatistics, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, policy and administration, and environmental health) as well as emerging public health areas. The UNE MPH competencies are designed to build on this knowledge and address areas identified as key public health workforce skills. These competencies are taught in the nine required courses and reinforced in the electives, applied practice experience, and integrative learning experience.

UNE Graduate Programs in Public Health Program Competencies

  1. Synthesize and incorporate scientific evidence into professional writing
  2. Search databases and critically analyze peer-reviewed literature
  3. Develop strategies for qualitative and quantitative data management.
  4. Evaluate the use of financial resources and management techniques by public health programs to achieve goals and sustainability.
  5. Evaluate the use of technological applications in health interventions.

Public Health Foundational Competencies

Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health
  1. Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
  2. Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
  3. Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate
  4. Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice
Public Health & Health Care Systems
  1. Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
  2. Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels
Planning & Management to Promote Health
  1. Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health
  2. Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs
  3. Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
  4. Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
  5. Select methods to evaluate public health programs
Policy in Public Health
  1. Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence
  2. Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
  3. Advocate for political, social, or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
  4. Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity
  1. Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
  2. Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges
  1. Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
  2. Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
  3. Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content
Interprofessional Practice
  1.  Perform effectively on interprofessional teams
Systems Thinking
  1. Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue




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