Master’s (MPH) Degree in Public Health Core Competency Development Project (2004-2006): Review for Global Health Competency Conference September 25, 2009. Dean Stephen M. Shortell, PhD, MPH Former Chair, ASPH Education Committee. MPH Core Competency Development Project…Why?.
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Master’s (MPH) Degree in Public Health Core Competency Development Project (2004-2006): Review for Global Health Competency ConferenceSeptember 25, 2009
Dean Stephen M. Shortell, PhD, MPH
Former Chair, ASPH Education Committee
Phase 1 (2004-2005)
Discipline-specific Competency Identification and Specification
(Five core competencies)
Phase 2 (2005-2006)
Interdisciplinary/Cross-cutting Competency Identification and Specification
(Seven core competencies)
Core Competency Model Graphic Model Development Project (2004-2006):
Discipline-Specific Competencies Development Project (2004-2006):
These are core competencies that every MPH student should be able to demonstrate upon graduation regardless of major or area of specialization. (n=5)
These are core competencies that are increasingly important for every MPH student be able to demonstrate upon graduation regardless of major or area of specialization. (n=7)
Each workgroup identified eight to ten sub-competencies (KSOs – knowledge, skills, and other characteristics) critical to indicating accomplishment of the core competency.
Competency ID & Specification Process Development Project (2004-2006):
(Applies to Both Phase 1 & 2)
Workgroup Identification & Specification
Core Competency Council
(workgroup chairs – made up of academic representatives & practitioners)
Education Committee Leadership
ASPH Membership + Practice Community
1) Education Committee Workshop
2) Associate Deans’ Retreat
3) Deans’ Retreat
ASPH Board of Directors
Suggestions for How the MPH Competencies Inform This Process Development Project (2004-2006):
Next Steps for Revision of the MPH Core Competencies Development Project (2004-2006):
Cross-cutting Development Project (2004-2006):
The ability to collect, manage and organize data to produce information and meaning that is exchanged by use of signs and symbols; to gather, process, and present information to different audiences in-person, through information technologies, or through media channels; and to strategically design the information and knowledge exchange process to achieve specific objectives.
The ability to interact with both diverse individuals and communities to produce or impact an intended public health outcome.
9. Cite examples of situations where consideration of culture-specific needs resulted in a more effective modification or adaptation of a health intervention.
10.Develop public health programs and strategies responsive to the diverse cultural values and traditions of the communities being served.
The ability to create and communicate a shared vision for a changing future; champion solutions to organizational and community challenges; and energize commitment to goals.
The ability to demonstrate ethical choices, values and professional practices implicit in public health decisions; consider the effect of choices on community stewardship, equity, social justice and accountability; and to commit to personal and institutional development.
9. Embrace a definition of public health that captures the unique characteristics of the field (e.g., population-focused, community-oriented, prevention-motivated and rooted in social justice) and how these contribute to professional practice.
The ability to plan for the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of strategies to improve individual and community health.
The ability to incorporate public health biology – the biological and molecular context of public health – into public health practice.
The ability to recognize system level properties that result from dynamic interactions among human and social systems and how they affect the relationships among individuals, groups, organizations, communities, and environments.