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  • MPH Foundational Competencies

    The MPH Foundational Competencies represent specific skills and knowledge all MPH students at the UAB School of Public Health are expected to demonstrate upon graduation as defined by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

    Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health

    1. Apply epidemiological methods to 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 systemic 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, implementation, or critique 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 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 leadership and/or management principles to address a relevant issue
    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 (i.e., non-academic, non-peer audience) public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
    3. Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content

    Interprofessional and/or Intersectoral Practice

    1. Integrate perspectives from other sectors and/or professions to promote and advance population health

    Systems Thinking

    1. Apply a systems thinking tool to visually represent a public health issue in a format other than standard narrative
  • DrPH Foundational Competencies

    DrPH Foundational Competencies represent specific skills and knowledge all DrPH students at the UAB School of Public Health are expected to demonstrate as defined by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

    Data & Analysis

    1. Explain qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods and policy analysis research and evaluation methods to address health issues at multiple (individual, group, organization, community and population) levels
    2. Design a qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, policy analysis or evaluation project to address a public health issue
    3. Explain the use and limitations of surveillance systems and national surveys in assessing, monitoring and evaluating policies and programs and to address a population’s health

    Leadership, Management & Governance

    1. Propose strategies for health improvement and elimination of health inequities by organizing stakeholders, including researchers, practitioners, community leaders and other partners
    2. Communicate public health science to diverse stakeholders, including individuals at all levels of health literacy, for purposes of influencing behavior and policies
    3. Integrate knowledge, approaches, methods, values and potential contributions from multiple professions and systems in addressing public health problems
    4. Create a strategic plan
    5. Facilitate shared decision making through negotiation and consensus-building methods
    6. Create organizational change strategies
    7. Propose strategies to promote inclusion and equity within public health programs, policies and systems
    8. Assess one’s own strengths and weaknesses in leadership capacities, including cultural proficiency
    9. Propose human, fiscal and other resources to achieve a strategic goal
    10. Cultivate new resources and revenue streams to achieve a strategic goal

    Policy & Programs

    1. Design a system-level intervention to address a public health issue
    2. Integrate knowledge of cultural values and practices in the design of public health policies and programs
    3. Integrate scientific information, legal and regulatory approaches, ethical frameworks and varied stakeholder interests in policy development and analysis
    4. Propose interprofessional team approaches to improving public health

    Education & Workforce Development

    1. Assess an audience’s knowledge and learning needs
    2. Deliver training or educational experiences that promote learning in academic, organizational or community settings
    3. Use best practice modalities in pedagogical practices

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