Master of Public Health (MPH) in Urban Health Disparities

The MPH Program in Urban Health Disparities has developed core public health and urban health disparities competencies which encompass the following skills and guide all program activities:

  • Analytic/Assessment Skills
  • Public Health Sciences Skills
  • Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
  • Cultural Competency Skills
  • Health Policy, Leadership and management Skills
  • Program Planning and Evaluation Skills
  • Communication Skills

All MPH graduates demonstrate the attainment of the following competencies:

Core Public Health Competencies:

  • Apply core concepts of epidemiology to identify urban community health problems and ethnic/racial health disparities.
  • Apply statistical concepts to the interpretation of health-related data and literature.
  • Identify multi-level risk and protective factors influencing the health status of ethnically diverse urban populations.
  • Apply basic theories, methods and models from a range of social, scientific and behavioral disciplines that are used in public health practice and research.
  • Identify and appraise public health programs, policy and advocacy processes for improving the health status of urban underserved populations.
  • Propose and evaluate culturally appropriate public health programs, interventions and policies that are responsive to urban underserved communities’ needs.
  • Apply principles of leadership and management, including the mobilization of community partnerships, to administer urban public health programs and solve health problems.
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal skills for public health practice.
Urban Health Disparities Competencies:
  • Discuss the root causes of health disparities vis-a-vis historical, political, economic, social and environmental analyses.
  • Analyze the complex relationship between the structural, social, psychological, and/or biological determinants of health.
  • Discuss the historical formations and uses of race and culture in the health sciences particularly as it relates to health disparities research and practice.
  • Develop the ability to practice ethical and effective community engagement.
  • Discuss public health programs and/or interventions that address health disparities from a social justice and community-strength perspective.
  • Develop interventions and solutions driven by community needs.

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