Master of Public Health (MPH) Program

Core Competencies for all CUNY MPH Programs

At the completion of the Lehman College MPH Program, students will be able to:

  • apply the core public health functions of assessment, policy development and assurance to the development and analysis of public health problems and their solutions
  • find, use, interpret and critically evaluate methods, analyses and findings commonly found in the public health literature
  • apply basic informatics techniques (e.g. bibliographic, database management, graphical and statistical software) to retrieve,  analyze and summarize public health information
  • apply principles of effective communication in presenting public health information in various media and formats to professional and general audiences
  • apply appropriate principles and methods to the collection, management and analysis of public health data and to answer research questions
  • apply ethical principles to public health activities and endeavors (e.g. use of information technology; assessment and research; program development, implementation and evaluation; and policy development and analysis)
  • apply the core orientation and values of public health in professional practice (e.g. population-focused, community-oriented, prevention-oriented, multi-level, ecological, rooted in social justice)
  • identify and analyze social, behavioral, genetic, biological and environmental determinants and modifiers of health and disease across the lifespan in urban settings using an ecological framework
  • understand the importance of and demonstrate collaborative engagement with diverse communities, sectors and /or constituencies (e.g. researchers, practitioner, community organizations) to achieve public health goals
  • describe basic theories, concepts, models and methods and their limitations from a range of core and related disciplines that inform public health research, policy and practice
  • describe legal bases and interrelations between the US public health and other systems (e.g. health care, environmental protection)
  • explain the sources of inequality in disease risk factors, exposures and outcomes and effective communication based interventions for addressing them
  • propose and evaluate intervention approaches, directed at various targets and levels of social organization, to prevent or control urban health problems
  • differentiate among and utilize key planning constructs (e.g. values, vision, mission, goals, objectives and outcomes) in planning, implementing and evaluating public health programs.

Track Competencies in community-based public health and health equity

At the completion of the Lehman College MPH Program, students will be able to:

  • analyze critical health inequalities confronting urban populations by social and economic determinants such as race, ethnicity, income and neighborhood
  • identify aspects of public health ethics and values of social justice that affect public health practice and decision-making
  • apply a community-based participatory framework to addressing health issues confronting communities
  • effectively communicate public health information through oral, written and visual presentations
  • conduct a community health assessment
  • develop a plan for an evidence-based public health program
  • use information resources to gather and analyze public health data
  • analyze and interpret public health literature
  • synthesize theories, methods and practice of public health to address health inequities within communities.

Last modified: Sep 6, 2012

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