BSPH and MPH Specialization Competencies Surveys

Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) Degree

Environmental Public Health Specialization Competencies

  1. Use the Environmental Science Health model to explain environmentally-related exposures and human diseases.
  2. Apply principles of math, chemistry, biology to applied science of environmental public health.
  3. Summarize major sources, chemical, biological, and physical agents, conditions, the social determinants of health, and other exposure factors that contribute to environmentally related human diseases including those at the intersection of humans and animals.
  4. Describe how the quality of environmental media (air/ water/soil/food) is adversely affected by contamination from chemical, biological and physical agents.
  5. Apply the principles of exposure science, risk assessment, risk management, policy development, and risk communication to environmental public health issues identified within indoor/outdoor and occupational/non-occupational settings.
  6. Explain and apply fundamental historical, statistical, epidemiological, toxicological, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) concepts to environmental public health issues
  7. Summarize management and technical measures and approaches that control human exposure to environmental contaminants
  8. Explain the relationship between population growth, ecosystem health, sustainability and resilience, climate change, and environmental health
  9. Identify regulations, policies, standards, and guidelines applicable to the quality of air, water, soil, and food; and explain how the prevention or control of environmentally related human exposures and diseases, including changes to the lived environment, are applied to improve environmental public health.
  10. Apply the principles of environmental ethics and justice to environmental public health issues

Public Health Sociology Specialization Competencies

1. Employ specific sociological theories, both classical and contemporary, to explain the unequal distribution of health among different subpopulations in the United States and throughout the world. 

2. Identify how common sociological theories can extend our knowledge of disease processes and prevention and intervention opportunities beyond typical public health perspectives.

3. Interpret population health patterns using rigorous methods of sociological inquiry that stem from both qualitative and quantitative reasoning, augmenting what public health researchers and practitioners typically use. 

4. Illustrate how sociological perspectives of stratification - particularly along the lines of race, class, and gender – expand typical public health perceptions and approaches. 

5. Identify social and public policies that differentially affect the unequal distribution of health in society as well as the social process that led to their creation and keep them in place. 

MPH Degree Foundational Public Health Specialization Competencies  

*Biomedical Informatics  

BMI D Table

1. Compare and contrast types of major domestic and international public health issues, including sources/causes of infectious/chronic diseases, transmission, risk factors, morbidity and mortality; 

2. Discuss various approaches/strategies for identification, response and intervention to address and attempt to resolve common public health issues; 

3. Identify genetic, social, political, cultural, behavioral, socioeconomic, demographic and ethical factors and relationships to domestic and international public health issues and determinants of health; 

4. Access data sources (e.g., databases) commonly used for biomedical informatics; 

5. Discuss core biomedical informatics theories, methods, and practice areas from individual and population-based perspectives; 

6. Interpret applicable research articles; and, 

7. Apply principles of ethics for professional practice and responsible conduct of research. 


BIO D Table

1. Address problems arising in public health and medicine through appropriate statements of hypotheses, study design, data collection, data management, statistical analysis, and interpretation of results. 

2. Recognize strengths and weaknesses of study designs and data sources commonly encountered in public health. 

3. Identify strengths and weaknesses of standard analytic methods. 

4. Describe basic concepts of probability, random variation and commonly used statistical probability distributions 

5. Use computational methods to effectively analyze complex public health and medical data. 

*Clinical Translational Science  

1. Design a clinical investigation relevant to the student’s field of clinical specialty, including the definition of study aims and objectives and the creation of an appropriate study design; 

2. Collaboratively prepare a grant application to seek funding for a clinical investigation project; 

3. Use decision analysis and relevant evaluation methods to examine issues of appropriate implementation of treatments or technologies; 

4. Recognize ethical issues that are likely to arise in clinical investigations and the procedures for handling them appropriately; 

5. Apply ethical principles to the conduct of clinical investigations, with special emphasis on protection of research subjects; and, 

6. Prepare a manuscript suitable for publication and/or for reporting to a sponsor on the conduct and results of a clinical investigation. 

*Environmental Health Sciences

EHS D Table

1. Explain the significance of the community and workplace environment to public health; 

2. Outline the health challenges that natural and anthropogenic contaminants in the environment can pose to population health; 

3. Explain the physiological factors that influence human exposure and the uptake of chemical and biological environmental agents; 

4. Identify and explain individual (e.g., genetic, physiologic and psychosocial) and community (e.g., social, built, economic, race) susceptibility factors that heighten the risk for populations for adverse health outcomes from environmental hazards; 

5. Apply various risk assessment, risk management and risk communication approaches for environmental hazards; 

6. Explain exposure and  the underlying mechanisms of toxicity and infectivity resulting from chemical, biological and physical  agents; 

7. Describe federal and state regulatory programs, guidelines and authorities relevant to environmental and occupational health; 

8. Access state, federal, and local resources for assessing environmental and occupational health; 

9. Compare the principle components and influencing factors in the exposure continuum from source to disease; and, 

10. Determine the role of exposure assessment in environmental and occupational health. 


EPI D Table

1. Design a survey to examine a public health problem or for use in an epidemiologic investigation; 

2. Choose the correct analysis for data obtained from an epidemiologic investigation, including data from surveys, matched and unmatched case-control studies, cohort studies, and clinical trials; 

3. Analyze and interpret data obtained from an epidemiologic investigation, including data from surveys, matched and unmatched case-control studies, cohort studies, and clinical trials; 

4. Assess confounding and effect modification in data from an epidemiologic investigation; 

5. Demonstrate familiarity with the basic content and issues in at least two substantive areas of application in epidemiology (e.g., cardiovascular epidemiology, cancer epidemiology, chronic disease epidemiology, infectious disease epidemiology, injury epidemiology); 

6. Identify the natural histories of major types of disease and their relevance to epidemiologic investigations; and, 

7. Use appropriate computer software for the management and analysis of epidemiologic data; 

*Health Behavior and Health Promotion  

HBP D Table

1. Explain the history, scope, and philosophical basis of public health education. 

2. Critically assess the evidence linking behavioral and psychosocial factors to health and illness. 

3. Apply behavioral and social science theory to the development and implementation of health promotion and disease prevention programs at multiple targets and different levels of intervention (intrapersonal, interpersonal, and community). 

4. Critically assess the scientific literature describing health promotion interventions. 

5. Identify mechanisms to secure funding, manage and administer health promotion and disease prevention programs so as to ensure optimal program delivery. 

6. Design and carry out process evaluation for the improvement of health promotion programs. 

7. Collaboratively design and carry out outcome evaluations of health promotion programs. 

8. Apply ethical principles to the planning and evaluation of social and behavioral change efforts. 

9. Demonstrate cultural competency when planning health promotion and disease prevention activities. 

10. Recognize the importance of health literacy in creating and/or evaluating health promotion and disease prevention materials. 

11. Explain how health promotion efforts enable communities to influence their own well-being. 

12. Anticipate challenges and opportunities in working collaboratively with communities. 

*Program for Experienced Professionals – Population Health Management and Leadership - Spring 2021 ONLY

PEP D Table - Spring 2021 Only

1. Apply concepts of population health science to describe roles of public health, healthcare and community partners in improving population health outcomes. 

2. Discuss current health policy issues using appropriate economic perspectives 

3. Apply key elements of microeconomic concepts to the analysis of health care cases. 

4. Use needs analysis data to develop strategic approaches to support goal achievement. 

5. Use systems-thinking and analytic methods to assess operations performance and improve organizational processes. 

6. Apply quality improvement methods to create and sustain PHM and public health program improvements. 

7. Apply evidence-based decision-making techniques to understand population health concerns and assess population health programs. 

*Program for Experienced Professionals – Population Health Management and Leadership - Summer 2021 Onward

PEP D Table - Summer 2021 Onward

1. Explain important issues in public health and health care, including circumstances causing major changes and reform in U.S. health care delivery.

2. Analyze and apply economic theory and concepts for decision-making

3. Identify and use data within organizations to improve performance.

4. Perform environmental, market, and community needs analyses, develop strategic alternatives, formulate strategic goals, and develop programs, business plans, and implementation strategies to support goal achievement

5. Design, plan, implement, and assess projects and develop appropriate timelines related to performance, structure and outcomes.

6. Evaluate a situation, issue, or idea by understanding and challenging assumptions, considering competing points of view, and anticipating potential effects within and across health care and public health systems.

7. Use multiple methods and sources to seek comprehensive information, generate creative new solutions—or adapt previous solutions—and apply structured decision-making techniques and tools to address public health and health care questions.

*Veterinary Public Health  

1. Describe common zoonotic and foodborne infectious diseases, with respect to their etiology and epidemiology especially those classified as reportable, bioterrorism threats, or have a major impact on public health and/or agriculture; 

2. Identify the major pathways for transmission of zoonotic agents and foodborne hazards to humans, as well as the reservoirs for many common pathogens; 

3. Identify methods and instruments for collecting and transporting valid and reliable samples, determine the appropriate diagnostic technique for human, animal, arthropod, food product, and/or environmental specimens, and provide an accurate interpretation of the results; 

4. Identify methods and programs utilized to prevent, control and/or eradicate zoonotic and foodborne diseases, including pre- and post-harvest interventions; 

5. Evaluate the integrity of emergency preparedness programs, including biosecurity, biocontainment, and natural disaster response plans; 

6. Review and apply methods for planning, initiating and conducting case and outbreak investigations of zoonotic and foodborne diseases; 

7. Recognize applicable regulations and laws governing zoonotic diseases, food safety and security, or foreign animal diseases, and the agencies with authority to enforce these laws; 

8. Define the role of epidemiology in maintaining human and animal health; and identify strategies in the design and conduct of surveillance, monitoring, and epidemiological studies that assess the prevalence and distribution of zoonotic and foodborne diseases; 

9. Analyze approaches for assessing and controlling environmental and biological agents and strategies for reducing risks to human and animal health, especially in agricultural settings. 

10. Conduct comprehensive literature reviews of the scientific evidence related to a veterinary public health issue, concern, or intervention. 

11. Use individual, team, and organizational learning opportunities for personal and professional development.