CEPH-specified Core Program Competencies
Evidence-based Approaches To Public Health
1 Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
2 Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
3 Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate
4 Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice
   
Public Health & Health Care Systems
5 Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
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
   
Planning & Management To Promote Health
7 Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health
8 Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs
9 Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
10 Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
11 Select methods to evaluate public health programs
   
Policy in Public Health
12 Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence
13 Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
14 Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
15 Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity
   
Leadership
16 Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
17 Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges
   
Communication
18 Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
19 Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
20 Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content
   
Interprofessional Practice
21 Perform effectively on interprofessional teams
   
Systems Thinking
22 Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue
Concentration Competencies 
Applied Public Health Concentration
APH 1 Compare and contrast the functional roles of federal, state and local public health agencies in terms of mandated activities, recommendations, and funding provision.
APH 2 Adopt the role of the Public Health 3.0 “Chief Health Strategist” to write a plan for engaging and defining the roles of multiple cross-sector collaborators to address a specific public health need.
APH 3 Using population health data and results from community needs assessments, write a health problem statement for a specific community health problem.
APH 4 Develop a public health program implementation plan, including program goals & objectives, work plans, budgets, and timelines.
APH 5 Develop a written plan to apply processes that integrate transdisciplinary perspectives, contributions, and collaborations to address health disparities.
Concentration Competencies 
Epidemiology Concentration
EPI 1 Transform data by creating variables, merging data sets, and using arrays.
EPI 2 Apply weighting and other complex sampling designs when analyzing survey data.
EPI 3 Using a specified research reporting format, discuss statistical model development assumptions, including interpretations, diagnostics, and reporting, focusing on implementing logistic regression analysis modeling to epidemiological data.
EPI 4 Develop and explore research questions and hypotheses.
EPI 5 Discuss the selection and use of appropriate epidemiological methods including measures of disease occurrence; adjustment methods based on stratification; and evaluation of bias.
EPI 6 Apply the principles of meta-analysis and solve meta-analytic problems using fixed effects and random effects modeling techniques.
Concentration Competencies 
Generalist Concentration (no longer available after Fall 2021)
GEN 1 Analyze the impact of risk and protective factors on health outcomes during the life course.
GEN 2 Discriminate between research questions and hypotheses and derive one from the other.
GEN 3 Develop theory-driven health behavior change messages to impact policy or practice.
GEN 4 Identify and access public or private data sets and assess their relevance in addressing a specific public health research question or evaluation need.
GEN 5 Assess workplace or environmental causes of injury or illness and make recommendations for ways to limit exposures and enhance health.
CEPH Foundational Knowledge Areas
Profession & Science of Public Health
1 Explain public health history, philosophy and values
2 Identify the core functions of public health and the 10 Essential Services
3 Explain the role of quantitative and qualitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population’s health
4 List major causes and trends of morbidity and mortality in the US or other community relevant to the school or program
5 Discuss the science of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in population health, including health promotion, screening, etc.
6 Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge
   
Factors Related to Human Health
7 Explain effects of environmental factors on a population’s health
8 Explain biological and genetic factors that affect a population’s health
9 Explain behavioral and psychological factors that affect a population’s health
10 Explain the social, political and economic determinants of health and how they contribute to population health and health inequities
11 Explain how globalization affects global burdens of disease
12 Explain an ecological perspective on the connections among human health, animal health and ecosystem health (e.g., One Health)