MPH Competencies

The Purdue Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is designed to prepare you for leadership in the public health field. Below you will find information about the core and concentration competencies we believe are crucial for your success.

Core Competencies 

  • Identify and critically evaluate quantitative and qualitative data and information that can be used for assessing the health of a community.
  • Identify and critically evaluate the social, political, policy, economic and environmental trends affecting the health of a community.
  • Describe public health as part of a larger interrelated system of organizations that influence the health of populations at local, national and global levels.
  • Describe how public health sciences (e.g., biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, social and behavioral sciences, and public health informatics) are used in the assessment, policy development and assurance of public health activities.
  • Identify and critically evaluate the social, political, policy, economic, environmental factors and technological tools that drive and limit public health policy and practice.
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of theories, models and best practices used to address public health issues.
  • Design approaches to prevent, mitigate or correct public health problems.
  • Propose and demonstrate approaches for disseminating public health data and information.
  • Incorporate diverse perspectives and ethical standards in developing, implementing, and evaluating policies, programs, and services that affect the health of a community.

Family and Community Health Competencies 

  • Identify and critically evaluate the social, biological, political, legal, economic and environmental factors affecting the health of families and communities.
  • Apply health promotion theories, models and best practices to address challenges to the health of families and communities.
  • Develop approaches to prevent, mitigate or correct challenges to the health of families and communities.
  • Identify and critically evaluate the factors that create, perpetuate and ultimately eliminate health disparities.
  • Demonstrate communication skills and strategies for promotion of family and community health.

Environmental Health Competencies

  • Identify and critically evaluate environmental conditions impacting the health of populations.
  • Identify and critically evaluate the social, political and economic factors affecting the health quality of environments.
  • Critically evaluate environmental health risk assessment methods.
  • Develop approaches to prevent, mitigate or correct environmental health hazards.
  • Identify and critically evaluate the factors that create, perpetuate and ultimately eliminate health disparities.
  • Demonstrate communication skills and strategies to prevent, mitigate and ultimately eliminate environmental health problems.

Health Statistics Competencies 

  • Evaluate the limitations of statistical evidence (e.g., validity, reliability, sample size, bias, generalizability)
  • Demonstrate the ability to use statistical software commonly used to assess public health issues
  • Identify and use the most appropriate statistical approaches to address public health issues
  • Identify and critically evaluate commonly used sampling and survey techniques for public health issues
  • Communicate data and quantitative information to professionals and the public using a variety of approaches

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