Competencies

MPH Program Competencies

Core Public Health Competencies for MPH concentrations:

By receiving a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the School of Public Health-Bloomington, students will be expected to attain the following public health competencies in addition to those specific to their major:

Biostatistics
  1. Describe the roles biostatistics serve in the discipline of public.
  2. Apply descriptive and inferential methodologies according to the type of data model for answering a particular public health research question.
  3. Interpret results of statistical analyses for/in public health studies.
Public Health Administration
  1. Evaluate the main components and issues of the organization, financing and delivery of health services and public health systems.
  2. Apply the principles of management to organizational initiatives.
Epidemiology
  1. Describe a public health problem in terms of magnitude, person, place and time.
  2. Calculate basic epidemiologic measures.
  3. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports.
Environmental Health
  1. Identify the effects of major environmental and occupational agents on human health and safety.
  2. Compare and interpret federal and state regulatory programs, guidelines and authorities that control environmental health issues.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
  1. Differentiate social from behavioral factors as determinants of health.
  2. Apply theories and concepts from several ecological levels to public health.

Concentration Specific Competencies

In addition to Core Public Health Competencies for MPH Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Master of Public Health degree with a major in Biostatistics, students will be able to:

Biostatistics
  1. Describe the roles biostatistics serve in the discipline of public health.
  2. Apply descriptive and inferential methodologies according to the type of data model for answering a particular public health research question.
  3. Interpret results of statistical analyses for/in public health studies.
  4. Explain general principles of experimental design in attempting to identify risk factors for disease.
  5. Apply statistical reasoning to structure thinking and solve a wide range of problems in public health.
  6. Use information technology to access, analyze, and interpret public health data.
  7. Choose appropriate multivariate statistical methods to address research questions.
  8. Conduct multivariate statistical analysis on empirical data and interpret computer output correctly.
  9. Comprehend and critique research papers that use multivariate statistical methods.
  10. Use appropriate statistical approaches to study the relationships among categorical dependent variable and predictors to answer research questions.
  11. Use appropriate linear models to study the relationships among variables to answer research questions.
  12. Specify statistical models according to the structure of the multilevel or longitudinal data.
  13. Conduct longitudinal analysis on empirical data and interpret computer output correctly.
  14. Comprehend and critique research papers that use longitudinal analysis methods.
  15. Describe the role statistical packages serve in the discipline of public health.
Environmental Health

In addition to Core Public Health Competencies for MPH Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Master of Public Health degree with a major in Environmental Health, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the effects of major environmental and occupational agents on human health and safety.
  2. Compare and interpret federal and state regulatory programs, guidelines and authorities that control environmental health issues.
  3. Describe the effects of biological, chemical, and physical hazards on the human body, including the role of genetic factors, pathways and routes of exposure, fate within the body, and adverse health effects.
  4. Examine the science underlying testing for the ability of chemicals to elicit adverse human health effects.
  5. Identify the epidemiologic methods used to investigate the relationship between environmental agents and human disease.
  6. Compare the different exposure assessment techniques used to characterize environmental health impacts and their advantages and disadvantages of use.
  7. Integrate the disciplines of exposure assessment and toxicology to quantify environmental health risks as they pertain to policy setting initiatives.
  8. Evaluate environmental and occupational health risks and develop appropriate control measures.
  9. Interpret and communicate environmental and occupational health findings to diverse communities.
  10. Apply epidemiologic methods to discern relationships between the environment and human health.
Epidemiology

In addition to Core Public Health Competencies for MPH Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Master of Public Health degree with a major in Epidemiology, students will be able to:

  1. Describe a public health problem in terms of magnitude, person, place and time.
  2. Calculate basic epidemiologic measures.
  3. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports.
  4. Apply epidemiological concepts and methods to identify determinants of health problems in populations.
  5. Analyze and interpret data arising from case-control and cohort studies using both crude and stratified methods of analysis.
  6. Generate hypotheses and identify an appropriate study design to answer epidemiologic questions.
  7. Access secondary data and demonstrate ability to manage data sets necessary for epidemiologic analysis.
  8. Use epidemiologic methods to develop a chronic disease research strategy.
  9. Describe the distribution of chronic diseases and their associated risk factors.
  10. Analyze surveillance data to describe the distribution of an infectious disease in a population.
  11. Design studies intended to respond to epidemiologic disease outbreaks.
  12. Describe public health problems pertinent to the community.
  13. Evaluate the impact of social interventions to the epidemiology of negative health states.
Public Health Administration

In addition to Core Public Health Competencies for MPH Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Master of Public Health degree with a major in Public Health Administration, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the main components and issues of the organization, financing and delivery of health services and public health systems.
  2. Apply the principles of management to organizational initiatives.
  3. Identify and interpret public health laws, regulations, and policies.
  4. Articulate the health, fiscal, administrative, legal, social, and political implications of public health policy options.
  5. Prepare proposals for funding from external sources for public health programs and research projects.
  6. Develop and construct budgets for public health programs and research projects.
  7. Develop strategies for determining budget priorities for public health programs.
  8. Use input from critical stakeholders to evaluate community-based public health programs, policies, and interventions.
  9. Apply established steps and procedures to evaluate community-based public health programs, policies and interventions.
Behavioral, Social and Community Health

In addition to Core Public Health Competencies for MPH Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Master of Public Health degree with a major in Behavioral, Social and Community Health, students will be able to:

  1. Differentiate social from behavioral factors as determinants of the health.
  2. Apply theories and concepts from several ecological levels to public health.
  3. Use information from individual, organizational and community concerns, assets, resources and deficits to plan community-based public health programs, policies, and interventions.
  4. Use input from critical stakeholders to plan community-based public health programs, policies and interventions.
  5. Apply established steps and procedures to plan community-based public health programs, policies and interventions.
  6. Outline behavioral, social and community health interventions that address multiple levels in the ecological framework.
  7. Develop behavioral, social, and community health interventions that are grounded in theory, supported by evidence, and based on community input.
  8. Develop approaches that acknowledge the role of cultural factors in public health practice.
  9. Apply principles of community-based participation to improve health in diverse communities.
  10. Use input from critical stakeholders to evaluate community-based public health programs, policies, and interventions.
  11. Apply established steps and procedures to evaluate community-based public health programs, policies and interventions.
Professional Health Education

In addition to Core Public Health Competencies for MPH Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Master of Public Health degree with a major in Professional Health Education, students will be able to:

  1. Collect health related data regarding needs, assets and capacity for health education programs.
  2. Design health related programs consistent with health education concepts, theories and specified program objectives.
  3. Exhibit competence in delivering planned health education programs.
  4. Use appropriate methods (quantitative/qualitative) to evaluate and conduct research related to health education.
  5. Facilitate partnerships among health and education related agencies and organizations to accept and support health education.
  6. Exhibit competency for the selection, development and dissemination of health education resources and training materials for diverse populations.
  7. Demonstrate professional responsibility toward the promotion of health education and the discipline.
Family Health

In addition to Core Public Health Competencies for MPH Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Master of Public Health degree with a major in Family Health, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze and interpret how family theories and conceptual frameworks inform research and practice in family health.
  2. Analyze the effects families have on physical, mental, social, spiritual, and cultural dimensions of health.
  3. Evaluate how societal attitudes and policies affect family resources and resilience.
  4. Identify how family and community demographic trends affect disparities and subsequent educational approaches used to improve family health.
  5. Summarize how social and cultural factors affect family health.
  6. Evaluate how families interact with societal systems such as educational, governmental, legal, community, and religious systems.
  7. Evaluate and critique family-based programs designed to improve the health of families.
  8. Integrate family and public health theories in relation to health concerns across the life course.
Physical Activity

In addition to Core Public Health Competencies for MPH Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Master of Public Health degree with a major in Physical Activity, students will be able to:

  1. Interpret physical activity data as a tool to develop and prioritize community-based interventions, including policies, to promote physical activity.
  2. Understand methods to assess physical activity across diverse community populations.
  3. Develop and apply evidence-based knowledge and understanding of the relationship between physical activity and health across the life-span.
  4. Understand evidence-based models to plan, evaluate, and translate physical activity interventions at community levels.
  5. Outline behavioral, social and community health interventions that address multiple levels in the ecological framework.
  6. Develop behavioral, social, and community health interventions that are grounded in theory, supported by evidence, and based on community input.
  7. Address cultural, social, behavioral, and environmental factors that affect the development and implementation of physical activity promotion.
  8. Recommend and translate effective intervention strategies to partners and other constituents.
  9. Use social marketing principles to promote physical activity within target populations.
  10. Facilitate and coordinate with local and community organizations to develop and implement policy and environmental changes designed to increase opportunities for physical activity.
  11. Collaborate with other disciplines to promote and administer physical activity research, practice, and policy at the community, state, or federal level.