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All academic graduate programs in the School of Public Health will ensure that successful students are grounded in foundational public health knowledge as defined by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

  1. Explain public health history, philosophy, and values.
  2. Identify the core functions of public health and the 10 Essential Services.
  3. Explain the role of quantitative and qualitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population’s health.
  4. List major causes and trends of morbidity and mortality in the U.S. or other community relevant to the school or program.
  5. Discuss the science of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention in population health, including health promotion, screening, etc.
  6. Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge.
  7. Explain effects of environmental factors on a population’s health.
  8. Explain biological and genetic factors that affect a population’s health.
  9. Explain behavioral and psychological factors that affect a population’s health.
  10. Explain the social, political, and economic determinants of health and how they contribute to population health and health inequities.
  11. Explain how globalization affects global burdens of disease.
  12. Explain an ecological perspective on the connections among human health, animal health, and ecosystem health (e.g., One Health).

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