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CEPH Accreditation

The Program in Public Health is proud to have been granted full accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) through 2025.

The final Accreditation Self-Study was developed with active participation from a collaborative group of faculty, staff, students, alumni and other stakeholders.

Read CEPH's final report and visit the council website to learn more.

Thank you to all who took part in this process that is so important to the success of our program.

 Program in Public Health (PPH) Competencies

D1. Graduate-Level Professional Foundational Public Health Knowledge (for MPH, MS)

D1.1. Explain public health history, philosophy and values

D1.2. Identify the core functions of public health and the 10 Essential Services

D1.3. Explain the role of quantitative and qualitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population’s health

D1.4. List major causes and trends of morbidity and mortality in the US or other community relevant to the school or program

D1.5. Discuss the science of primary, secondary & tertiary prevention in population health, including health promotion, screening, etc

D1.6. Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge

D1.7. Explain effects of environmental factors on a population’s health

D1.8. Explain biological and genetic factors that affect a population’s health

D1.9. Explain behavioral and psychological factors that affect a population’s health

D1.10. Explain the social, political and economic determinants of health and how they contribute to population health and health inequities

D1.11. Explain how globalization affects global burdens of disease

D1.12. Explain an ecological perspective on the connections among human health, animal health and ecosystem health (eg, One Health)

 

D2. MPH Foundational Competencies

D2.1. Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice

D2.2. Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context

D2.3. Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate

D2.4. Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice

D2.5. Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings

D2.6. Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels

D2.7. Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health

D2.8. Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design, implementation, or critique of public health policies or programs

D2.9. Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention

D2.10. Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management

D2.11. Select methods to evaluate public health programs

D2.12. Discuss the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence

D2.13. Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes

D2.14. Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations

D2.15. Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity

D2.16. Apply leadership and/or management principles to address a relevant issue

D2.17. Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges

D2.18. Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors

D2.19. Communicate audience-appropriate (i.e., non-academic, non-peer audience) public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation

D2.20. Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content

D2.21. Integrate perspectives from other sectors and/or professions to promote and advance population health

D2.22. Apply a systems thinking tool to visually represent a public health issue in a format other than standard narrative

 MPH Concentration Competencies

Community Health Research Concentration

CHR1. Describe behavioral, social, and cultural factors that contribute to the health and well-being of communities.

CHR2. Describe the role and importance of community and stakeholder engagement in community health research, intervention, and evaluation.

CHR 3. Apply program planning, assessment, and evaluation principles and develop logic models to create and evaluate community health programs and interventions.

CHR 4. Use relevant theories, methods, and research principles for designing and conducting community health research.

CHR 5. Translate and disseminate research findings in collaboration with diverse stakeholders.

 

Epidemiology Concentration

EPI1. Critique the feasibility of study design as it pertains to sampling, data collection, and resource requirements

EPI2. Assess biological mechanisms of disease by applying knowledge of behavioral sciences and human and environmental biology

EPI3.  Critique the validity of epidemiologic data, findings, and publications by applying knowledge of epidemiologic principles and methods.

EPI4.  Describe molecular techniques commonly used in epidemiologic studies

EPI5. Formulate and apply plans for data cleaning and management using statistical analysis software

 

Global Health Concentration

GLO1. Critique major global public health priorities and the reasons for their prioritization

GLO 2. Apply demographic, epidemiologic and anthropologic methods to assess health disparities at local and global levels.

GLO 3. Develop systems to monitor progress toward targets, objectives, and goals and evaluate programs and their operational components.

GLO 4. Operate in partnership with local, national and international organizations engaged in the health and social sectors.

GLO 5. Apply systems thinking to promote integrative global health across different disciplinary domains and organizational levels.

 

Generalist Concentration (Students in this concentration choose 5 competencies from this list)

CHR1. Describe behavioral, social, and cultural factors that contribute to the health and well-being of communities.

CHR 2. Describe the role and importance of community and stakeholder engagement in community health research, intervention, and evaluation.

CHR3. Apply program planning, assessment, and evaluation principles and develop logic models to create and evaluate community health programs and interventions.

CHR4. Use relevant theories, methods, and research principles for designing and conducting community health research.

CHR5. Translate and disseminate research findings in collaboration with diverse stakeholders.

EPI1. Describe molecular techniques and laboratory resources commonly used in epidemiologic studies

EPI2. Evaluate current knowledge of causes of disease to guide epidemiologic practice

EPI3. Assess biological mechanisms of disease by applying knowledge of behavioral sciences and human and environmental biology.

EPI4. Critique the validity of epidemiologic data, findings, and publications by applying knowledge of epidemiologic principles and methods

EPI5. Formulate and apply plans for data cleaning and management using statistical analysis software

GLO1. Critique major global public health priorities and the reasons for their prioritization

GLO2. Apply demographic, epidemiologic and anthropologic methods to assess health disparities at local and global levels.

GLO 3. Develop systems to monitor progress toward targets, objectives, and goals and evaluate programs and their operational components.

GLO4. Operate in partnership with local, national and international organizations engaged in the health and social sectors.

GLO5. Apply systems thinking to promote integrative global health across different disciplinary domains and organizational levels.

MSB2. Use computer-based statistical analysis package(s) to manage data;

MSB3. Develop visualized data using computer-based statistical analysis package(s);

MSB4. Analyze data employing computer-based statistical analysis package(s);

MSB5. Implement sample size and power calculations for a range of experimental designs;

MSB8. Calculate epidemiological measures of association between risk factors and disease;

MSB11. Apply ethical and regulatory standards to human subjects research.

 MPH Joint Degree Concentration Competencies

MD/MPH Joint Degree Concentration

MD1. Demonstrate knowledge about behavioral, environmental, socioeconomic, organizational and cultural dynamics that can affect individual, community, public or global health.   

MD2. Demonstrate knowledge of epidemiology, biostatistics and the principles of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of disease to make medical decisions

MD3. Describe healthcare finance and delivery in various healthcare systems, and demonstrate the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value. 

MD4. Construct clinical and research questions and apply information to solve them. Retrieve, analyze and critically appraise literature. 

MD5. Facilitate difficult health care conversations with patients and colleagues. Display awareness of barriers including language, health literacy and psychosocial needs.

 

DPT/MPH Joint Degree Concentration

 

DPT1. Apply public health theories to the practice of population-oriented physical therapy.

DPT2. Analyze key USA historical events and how they have shaped and influences the intersection of population health and physical therapy.

DPT3. Understand the contribution that health systems, government, and community structures contribute to the intersection of population health and physical therapy.

DPT4. Apply public helath resource management principles to the delivery of population-oriented physical therapy services.

DPT5. Identify opportunities for the integration of technological and measurement advancements into population-orientd physical therapy practice.