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MPH Competencies

Coverage of CEPH Competencies in Pitt Public Health MPH Core Courses

CEPH MPH foundational competencies and knowledge covered in PUBHLT 2033: Foundations in Public Health

  • Explain public health history, philosophy and values. 
  • Identify the core functions of public health and the 10 Essential Services.
  • Explain the role of quantitative and qualitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population’s, health.
  • Discuss the science of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in population health, including health promotion, screening, etc. 
  • Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge.
  • Explain how globalization affects global burdens of disease. 
  • Explain an ecological perspective on the connections among human health, animal health and ecosystem health (eg, One Health).

CEPH MPH foundational competencies and knowledge covered in BCHS 2509: Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health

  • Explain behavioral and psychological factors that affect a population’s health.
  • Explain the social, political and economic determinants of health and how they contribute to population health and health inequities.
  • Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context.
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate.
  • Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice.
  • 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.
  • Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health.
  • Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs.
  • Select methods to evaluate public health programs.
  • Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes.

CEPH MPH foundational competencies and knowledge covered in BIOST 2011: Principles of Statistical Reasoning
or
BIOST 2041: Introduction to Statistical Methods I

  • Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate.
  • Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice.

CEPH MPH foundational competencies and knowledge covered in EPIDEM 2110: Principles of Epidemiology

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

CEPH MPH foundational competencies and knowledge covered in EOH 2013: Environmental Health and Disease

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

CEPH MPH foundational competencies and knowledge covered in HPM 2001: Health Policy and Management in Public Health

  • Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings.
  • Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence.
  • Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity.

CEPH MPH foundational competencies and knowledge covered in PUBHLT 2015: Public Health Biology

  • List major causes and trends of morbidity and mortality in the US or other community relevant to the school or program.
  • Explain biological and genetic factors that affect a population’s health. 

CEPH MPH foundational competencies and knowledge covered in PUBHLT 2034: Public Health Communications

  • Select communication styles for different audience sectors.
  • Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation. 
  • Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content.

CEPH MPH foundational competencies and knowledge covered in PUBHLT 2035: Applications in Public Health

  • Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention.
  • Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management.
  • Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations.
  • Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making.
  • Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges.
  • Perform effectively on interprofessional teams.
  • Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue.

Advanced Program Competencies

Each MPH program has an additional set of advanced program competencies that students will cover in program-required courses. For more information, ask your advisor, program director, or consult the academic handbook for your program/department. 

Exemption from MPH Core Courses

When students have completed courses that covered CEPH competencies, they may request to be exempted from one or more of the MPH core. To begin the process, complete the MPH core course exemption form

Pitt Public Health is accredited by the Council for Education on Public Health (CEPH).

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These competencies are from the 2016 CEPH Accreditation Criteria. 

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