Core Competencies Student Learning Outcomes

Public Health


Understand the history and philosophy of public health as well as its core values, concepts, functions, and leadership roles 


Identify and apply concepts, methods, and tools of public health data collection, analysis and interpretation, and the evidence-based reasoning and informatics approaches that are essential to public health practice


Evaluate and apply population health concepts, and the processes, approaches, and interventions that identify and address the major health-related needs and concerns of populations 


Analyze the biological, environmental, socio-economic, behavioral, cultural, and other factors that impact human health, influence the global and societal burden of disease, and contribute to health disparities 


Identify and pursue opportunities for promoting health and preventing disease across the life span and for enhancing public health preparedness 


Analyze and apply the concepts of project/program implementation and management, including planning, budgeting, human resources, assessment, and evaluation


Understand and articulate the characteristics and organizational structures of the U.S. health care system and how they compare to health care systems in other countries 

PH 8.

Understand and evaluate the legal, ethical, economic, and regulatory dimensions of health care and public health policy, the roles, influences, and responsibilities of the different agencies and branches of government, and approaches to developing, evaluating, and advocating for public health policies 

PH 9.

Demonstrate public health-specific communication and social marketing, including technical and professional writing and the use of mass media and electronic technology 

PH 10.

Understand the cultural context of public health issues and be able to respectfully engage with people of different cultures and socioeconomic strata 


PH 11.

Analyze and apply the principles of effective functioning within and across organizations and as members of interdisciplinary and interprofessional teams 


PH 12.

Understand globalization and sustainable development and their relationship to population health. 


Health Policy and Administration


Identify the main components and issues of the organization, financing and delivery of health services and public health systems in the US.



Discuss the policy process for improving the health status of populations.



Apply the principles of program planning, development, budgeting, management and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives.



Demonstrate leadership skills for building partnerships.



Conceptualize, analyze and resolve problems related to health services delivery and finance.



Identify and apply economic financial, legal, organizational, political and ethical theories and frameworks.



Employ appropriate qualitative and quantitative techniques to manage human, fiscal, technological, information, physical, and other resources.



Establish and manage systems and processes to assess organizational performance for continuous improvement of quality, safety and effectiveness.



Act ethically and professionally, and be responsive to community variations in cultures and socio-demographics.



Lead in all levels of public and private health service organizations.



Communicate, solve problems and make decisions related to health policy and management in the public and private sectors.



Integrate theory and practice to plan, market, implement, and evaluate strategies and policies in health services programs, systems and organizations.

Health Promotion and Health Education


Apply theory in the development, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion interventions and programs


Develop and implement interventions and programs to effect change at multiple levels, including individual, community, organizations, and policy


Solicit and integrate input from community and organization stakeholders


Demonstrate skills needed to coordinate and facilitate community groups and coalitions and engage and collaborate with interdisciplinary partners


Identify, design and deliver a variety of health communication strategies, methods and techniques


Collect, analyze, assess and disseminate quantitative and/or qualitative data related to health as well as access existing information and data related to health and health education programs


Use accepted quantitative and qualitative methods for assessment and program evaluation and be able to evaluate and interpret results from other program evaluations and research


Define research problems, frame research questions, design research procedures, and outline methods of analysis


Enact cultural competency in diverse social and cultural communities.



Conduct population-based assessments of health status, needs, and assets


Develop measureable goals and objectives for health promotion initiatives


Examine relationships among behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that enhance or compromise health


Develop a scope and sequence for the delivery of health education


Demonstrate leadership in Health promotion and education

Student Learning Outcomes


Use basic and advanced statistical methods to correctly interpret data.


Apply epidemiological methods to the prevention and treatment of acute and chronic disease.


Incorporate effective management approaches into public health settings.


Promote the use of clinical preventative services.


Evaluate and minimize risk in lifestyle diseases.


Demonstrate skills to reach out to the local community or communities around the world to be the hands and feet of Christ.