Competencies

The MPH program is carefully designed to provide a broad, but rigorous foundation in the core disciplines of public health and in-depth training in the student’s chosen area of concentration with a strong emphasis on mastery of both concepts and skills that enable our graduates to be highly effective practitioners.

Upon completion of the MPH program, graduates will have the ability to:

  • identify the determinants of health and disease
  • analyze relevant data to estimate the burden and patterns of disease in communities in order to prioritize health need
  • use systematic approaches to develop, implement, and evaluate public health programs and services
  • demonstrate effective communication strategies to educate, disseminate, and advocate for health services and preventive interventions for all members of our communities, especially the disadvantaged, underserved, and vulnerable
  • demonstrate the ability to synthesize and utilize data to solve public health problems
  • articulate principles of good leadership and demonstrate the ability to work effectively, independently and as part of a team
  • articulate decisions that are ethical and respect the diverse values, beliefs, and cultures in communities
  • demonstrate professional knowledge and skills for effective practice in Biostatistics:
    • analyze data from observational studies, clinical trials, epidemiological studies, medical surveys, and evaluations of health care programs using statistical programming software
    • identify potential sources of bias and confounding in study design, and develop analytic and design strategies to minimize these effects
    • interpret and communicate the results and limitations of statistical analyses of public health data in both technical and nontechnical terms