PHI Core Competencies

Public Health Practice competencies are based on the domains established by The Council of Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice. The Council is a collaboration of 20 national organizations that aim to provide public health education and training, practice, and research to ensure a well-trained, competent workforce and the development and use of a strong evidence base for public health practice.

Policy Development/Program Planning Skills

Policy Development/Program Planning Skills focus on determining needed policies and programs; advocating for policies and programs; planning, implementing, and evaluating policies and programs; developing and implementing strategies for continuous quality improvement; and developing and implementing community health improvement plans and strategic plans.

Competency 1 – Identify the rational and key steps for policy development: assessment, planning, implementing, advocacy and evaluation.

  • PubH 7200      Climate Change and Public Health
  • PubH 7200      Eat, Pray Regulate: Analysis of the Current Food Regulatory System
  • PubH 7200      Food Safety and Defense in the Context of Global Food Security
  • PubH 7210      Global Food System – Bees
  • PubH 7210      Global Food System – Fermented Foods
  • PubH 7200      Global Food Systems Policy, Governance and Regulation
  • PubH 7200      Monitoring and Evaluating for Global Programs
  • PubH 7200      One Health Concept Revisited
  • PubH 7200      Public Health and Justice
  • PubH 6711      Public Health Law

Systems Thinking Skills and Leadership

Systems Thinking and Leadership Skills focus on incorporating ethical standards into the organization; creating opportunities for collaboration among public health, health care, and other organizations; mentoring personnel; adjusting practice to address changing needs and environment; ensuring continuous quality improvement; managing organizational change; and advocating for the role of governmental public.

Competency 2 – Develop skills in systemic thinking and understand how systems are connected and interdependent, and understand the potential consequences that systems may have on communities.

  • PubH 7200      Critical Thinking in Food Safety, Security and Sustainability
  • PubH 7262      Globalization and Health
  • PubH 7227      Incident Management Systems: The Public Health Role
  • PubH 7200      Minimizing Transmission of Infectious Diseases during Outbreaks
  • PubH 7214      Principles of Risk Communication
  • PubH 7262      Globalization and Health

Cultural Competency Skills

Competency Skills focus on understanding and responding to diverse needs, assessing organizational cultural diversity and competence, assessing effects of policies and programs on different populations, and taking action to support a diverse public health workforce.

Competency 3 – Explain the effects of policies, programs, community-based interventions that promote improving health for different populations in communities.

  • PubH 7200      Child Welfare as a Public Health Issue
  • PubH 7200      Climate Change and Public Health
  • PubH 7200      Community Engagement: Skills in Relationship Building
  • PubH 7200      Food Matters: Cook Like Your Life Depends on It
  • PubH 7262      Globalization and Health
  • PubH 7200      LGBTQ Health and Policy
  • PubH 6060      Motivational Interviewing: Strategies to Effect Behavior Change
  • PubH 7200      Parental Incarceration and Child Welfare
  • PubH 7200      Public Health Program Management on an International Level
  • PubH 7200      Sexual Violence in the #MeToo era: Prevention, Practice, and Policy
  • PubH 7200      The “Other” Public Health system in the United States: Understanding American Indian Health Policy

Analytical/Assessment Skills

Analytical/Assessment Skills focus on identifying and understanding data, turning data into information for action, assessing needs and assets to address community health needs, developing community health assessments, and using evidence for decision-making.

Competency 4 – Demonstrate how to turn data into information and action to influence public health policies and programs.  

  • PubH 7200      Fundamentals of Data Exploration and Visualization in R
  • PubH 7200      Eat, Pray Regulate: Analysis of the Current Food Regulatory System
  • PubH 7230      Emerging and Re-emerging Global Infectious Disease
  • PubH 7230      Epidemiology of Foodborne Pathogens
  • PubH 7230      Insects and Human Disease Impacts on Global Health: Medical Entomology for the Public Health   Professional
  • PubH 7200      Introduction to GIS
  • PubH 7257      Qualitative Data Analysis
  • PubH 7235      Surveillance of Zoonotic Pathogens in Animals
  • PubH 6431      Topics in Hierarchical Bayesian Analysis
  • PubH 7242      War and Public Health

Communication Skills

Communication Skills focus on assessing and addressing population literacy; soliciting and using community input; communicating data and information; facilitating communications; and communicating the roles of government, health care, and others.

Competency 5 – Demonstrate how data and information is developed and conveyed to different audiences (professionals and the public) using a variety of media approaches.

  • PubH 7200      Community Engagement: Skills in Relationship Building
  • PubH 7227      Incident Management Systems: The Public Health Role
  • PubH 6060      Motivational Interviewing: Strategies to Effect Behavior Change
  • PubH 7214      Principles of Risk Communications


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