MPH Foundational Competencies

The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) released its final version of new accreditation criteria for schools and programs of public health on October 30, 2016.

Students must demonstrate at least five of the following competencies through two student-generated products, produced in the Practicum setting for the Practicum setting.

*Note: You can select no more than one competency from the Evidenced-Based Approaches to Public Health section

Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health* 

1. Apply epidemiological methods to 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 systemic 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 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


16. Apply leadership and/or management principles to address a relevant issue 
17. Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges


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 and/or Intersectoral Practice 

21. Integrate perspectives from other sectors and/or professions to promote and advance population health

Systems Thinking 

22. Apply a systems thinking tool to visually represent a public health issue in a format other than a standard narrative