DrPH Foundational Competencies

Data & Analysis 

  • Explain qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, and policy analysis research and evaluation methods to address health issues at multiple (individual, group, organization, community, and population) levels.
  • Design a qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, policy analysis, or evaluation project to address a public health issue.
  • Explain the use and limitations of surveillance systems and national surveys in assessing, monitoring, and evaluating policies and programs and to address a population’s health 

Leadership, Management & Governance 

  • Propose strategies for health improvement and elimination of health inequities by organizing stakeholders, including researchers, practitioners, community leaders, and other partners.
  • Communicate public health science to diverse stakeholders, including individuals at all levels of health literacy, for purposes of influencing behavior and policies.
  • Integrate knowledge, approaches, methods, values, and potential contributions from multiple professions, sectors, and systems in addressing public health problems.
  • Create a strategic plan.
  • Facilitate shared decision making through negotiation and consensus-building methods.
  • Create organizational change strategies.
  • Propose strategies to promote inclusion and equity within public health programs, policies, and systems.
  • Assess one’s own strengths and weaknesses in leadership capacities, including cultural proficiency.
  • Propose human, fiscal, and other resources to achieve a strategic goal.
  • Cultivate new resources and revenue streams to achieve a strategic goal

Policy & Programs

  • Design a system-level intervention to address a public health issue.
  • Integrate knowledge of cultural values and practices in the design of public health policies and programs.
  • Integrate scientific information, legal and regulatory approaches, ethical frameworks, and varied stakeholder interests in policy development and analysis.
  • Propose interprofessional and/or intersectoral team approaches to improving public health 

Education & Workforce Development

  • Assess an audience’s knowledge and learning needs.
  • Deliver training or educational experiences that promote learning in academic, organizational, or community settings.
  • Use best practice modalities in pedagogical practices 

DrPH Concentration Competencies

DrPH Concentration Competencies, Community Health Sciences

  • Implement qualitative research studies to inform public health practice.
  • Design a community engaged intervention utilizing social and behavioral theories, concepts, and models from a range of disciplines.
  • Design and apply evaluation methods and frameworks to real-world public health interventions.
  • Using scientific data, create and communicate tailored public health information for specific audiences.
  • Conduct a community asset and needs assessment and articulate concerns in communications with diverse stakeholders, decision-makers, and academic audiences.  

DrPH in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

  • Evaluate current environmental health risk assessment methodologies.
  • Assess occupational hazards and social contextual factors that influence working conditions and contribute to injury, illness and health disparities.
  • Evaluate the performance and impact of regulatory agency policies and programs to prevent and control environmental and occupational hazards.
  • Develop an assessment plan or outbreak investigation to characterize a particular environmental or occupational risk in a community or workplace setting.
  • Assess risk communication approaches in relation to issues of environmental and occupational justice and equity.  

DrPH in Epidemiology

  • Identify appropriate data sources and apply advanced statistical methods for causal inference to answer epidemiologic research questions.
  • Synthesize epidemiologic research findings, including assessment of strengths and limitations, ethical considerations, and policy implications.
  • Communicate the findings from advanced epidemiologic data analyses orally and in writing to colleagues, policymakers, and the public.
  • Select and evaluate surveillance and screening approaches to identify and mitigate chronic or infectious disease outbreaks.
  • Develop data management and statistical analysis plans appropriate for a chosen epidemiologic study design.