Department of

Public Health Seminars:

11/14/2017

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Jordyn Wallenborn, Fourth Year PhD Student


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VCU MPH Program Competencies

 The VCU MPH Program competencies were selected from the Association of Schools of Public Health’s Master’s Degree in Public Health Core Competency Model, August 2006.

BIOSTATISTICS
Competencies: Upon graduation a student with an MPH should be able to…
BIO 1. Explain the role of biostatistics in evidence-based research and the decision-making process.
BIO 2. Describe the theoretical concepts behind a number of commonly used statistical methodologies
BIO 3. Apply the appropriate statistical methodology for description and estimation to account for different measurement scales.
BIO 4. Draw appropriate inferences from statistical analyses.
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCES
Competencies: Upon graduation a student with an MPH should be able to…
ENV 1. Describe the direct and indirect human, ecological and safety effects of major environmental features and the approaches to assess, prevent, and control risks to human health and safety. (ASPH B.1, B.5)
ENV 2. Describe genetic, physiological, psychosocial, and environmental justice factors that affect susceptibility to adverse health outcomes following exposure to environmental conditions. (ASPH B.2, B.7)
ENV 3. Describe federal and state regulatory programs, guidelines and authorities that control environmental health issues. (ASPH B.3)
EPIDEMIOLOGY
Competencies: Upon graduation a student with an MPH should be able to…
EPI 1. Identify key sources of data for epidemiologic purposes. (ASPH C.1)
EPI 2. Apply basic terms and definitions of epidemiology in terms of magnitude, person, time, and place. (ASPH C.3, C.6)
EPI 3. Explain the importance of epidemiology for informing scientific, ethical, economic and political discussion of health issues. (ASPH C.4)
EPI 4. Calculate basic epidemiology measures. (ASPH C.7)
EPI 5. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports. (ASPH C.10)
HEALTH POLICY AND MANAGEMENT
Competencies: Upon graduation a student with an MPH should be able to…
HPM 1. Identify the main components and issues of the organization, financing, access and delivery of health services and public health systems in the US and globally. (ASPH D.1)
HPM 2. Describe the legal and ethical bases for public health and health services. (ASPH D.2)
HPM 3. Discuss the policy process for improving the health status of populations. (ASPH D.4)
HPM 4. Communicate health policy and management issues using appropriate channels and technologies. (ASPH D.9)
SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
Competencies: Upon graduation a student with an MPH should be able to…
SBS 1. Identify basic theories, concepts and models from a range of social and behavioral disciplines that are used in public health research and practice. (ASPH E.1)
SBS 2. Identify the causes of social and behavioral factors that affect health of individuals and populations. (ASPH E.2)
SBS 3. Describe steps and procedures for the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs, policies and interventions. (ASPH E.5)
VCU PROGRAM-SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES
Competencies: Upon graduation a student with an MPH should be able to...
VCU 1. Discuss the effect of physical and social environment on health outcomes during the life course.
VCU 2.  Discriminate between research questions and hypotheses and derive one from the other.
VCU 3.  Accurately distinguish between epidemiological and biostatistical concepts and apply the appropriate method to analyze a public health research question using appropriate statistical software.
VCU 4.  Access public and private data sets and assess their relevance in addressing a specific public health research question or evaluation need.
VCU 5.  Work effectively in collaborative teams to develop public health projects.
VCU 6.  Distinguish between public health ethics and medical ethics, discussing the values and beliefs inherent to a public health ethics perspectives.
COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATICS
Competencies: Upon graduation, it is increasingly important that a student with an MPH be able to…
COM 1. Describe how societal, organizational, and individual factors influence and are influenced by public health communications. (ASPH F.2)
COM 2. Demonstrate effective written and oral skills for communicating with different audiences in the context of professional public health activities. (ASPH F.7)
DIVERSITY AND CULTURE
Competencies: Upon graduation, it is increasingly important that a student with an MPH be able to…
 DIV 1. Explain how professional ethics and practices relate to equity and accountability in diverse community settings. (ASPH G.2)
DIV 2. Differentiate among availability, acceptability, and accessibility of health care across diverse populations. (ASPH G.7)
LEADERSHIP
Competencies: Upon graduation, it is increasingly important that a student with an MPH be able to…
LDR 1. Engage in dialogue and learning from others to advance public health goals. (ASPH H.4)
LDR 2. Demonstrate transparency, integrity, and honesty in all actions. (ASPH H.6)
PUBLIC HEALTH BIOLOGY
Competencies: Upon graduation, it is increasingly important that a student with an MPH be able to…
PHB 1. Apply biological principles to development and implementation of disease prevention, control, or management programs. (ASPH I.8)
PROFESSIONALISM
Competencies: Upon graduation, it is increasingly important that a student with an MPH be able to…
PRO 1. Apply basic principles of ethical analysis (e.g. the Public Health Code of Ethics, human rights framework, other moral theories) to issues of public health practice and policy. (ASPH J.2)
PRO 2. Apply evidence-based principles and the scientific knowledge base to critical evaluation and decision-making in public health. (ASPH J.3)
PRO 3.  Promote high standards of personal and organizational integrity, compassion, honesty and respect for all people. (ASPH J.5)
PRO 4.  Distinguish between population and individual ethical considerations in relation to the benefits, costs, and burdens of public health programs. (ASPH J.8)
PRO 5.  Appreciate the importance of working collaboratively with diverse communities and constituencies (e.g. researchers, practitioners, agencies, and organizations). (ASPH J.10)
PROGRAM PLANNING
Competencies: Upon graduation, it is increasingly important that a student with an MPH be able to…
PPL 1. Differentiate among goals, measurable objectives, related activities, and expected outcomes for a public health program. (ASPH K.5)
PPL 2.  Differentiate the purposes of formative, process, and outcome evaluation. (ASPH K.6)