Learning Outcomes and Competencies

Upon degree completion, MPH graduates will be able to demonstrate the attainment of the following:
Urban Health Disparities Competencies (UHDC)

  1. Analyze the complex relationship between anti-racism, social justice, and determinants of health.
  2. Discuss structural racism and the historical formations and uses of race and culture  in health disparities research, policy and practice. 
  3. Practice ethical and effective community engagement approaches with  historically marginalized urban communities.
  4. Assess public health programs/projects that address urban health disparities for their impact on social justice.
  5. Develop theory-based culturally-tailored behavioral change programs that address urban health disparities using a community-led approach to improve the health of historically marginalized urban communities.

Fundamental PH Knowledge Learning Outcomes

  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 US 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, and 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)

MPH Foundational Competencies per 2021 CEPH Criteria

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 and 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. Advocate for political, social, or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations.
  3. 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.