Combined Degree Program Competencies

In addition to the core and cross cutting competencies adopted by the COPH, the student in the respective combined degree track will demonstrate attainment of the following:

J.D./MPH

  • Assess legal, ethical, and legislative issues relevant to public health.
  • Apply targeted legal reasoning to address public health issues.
  • Communicate data, information, and legal concepts effectively to scientific, public health, and lay audiences and their application to public health practice and policy.
  • Demonstrate an understanding for evidence-based public health laws, rules, regulations, and policies.
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data to assess the effects of laws, rules, regulations, and policies on public health.

M.D./MPH

  • Display understanding of similarities and differences between medical and public health practice.
  • Apply medical knowledge and concepts to inform understanding of public health issues.
  • Communicate data, information and medical concepts to scientific, public health and lay audiences and their application to public health practice and policy.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and awareness of the effect social determinants of health and health disparities in medicine and public health.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of medicine in health policy and public health practice.

PharmD/MPH

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the implications of public health on pharmaceutical practice.
  • Apply pharmaceutical knowledge and concepts to inform understanding of public health issues.
  • Communicate data, information and pharmaceutical concepts to scientific, public health, and lay audiences and their application to public health practice and policy.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of social determinants of health and health disparities and how they affect pharmaceutical practice in promoting population health.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how pharmacy and public health influence and interact in practice.

MPS/MPH

  • Demonstrate understanding of the application of public service to the optimal practice of public health.
  • Communicate data, information, and evidence to public service, public health, policy makers, and lay audiences and their application to public health practice and policy.
  • Advocate for public service programs and policies that promote and incorporate evidence public health values.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the application of public service to engagement of the multitude of diverse stakeholders involved in developing and implementing public health policy.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of leadership at the nexus of public service and public health in influencing public health policy and practice.

MACS/MPH

  • Communicate data, information, and evidence to public service, public health, policy makers, and lay audiences and their application to public health practice and policy.
  • Understand and apply principles of crisis, organizational, and interpersonal communications in public health and related settings.
  • Assess health literacy, numeracy and patient education of a given population or audience so that the most appropriate communication tactics are used.
  • Apply communication theory and strategy-based communication principles when interacting with audiences, groups and different settings.
  • Describe how societal, organizational and individual factors influence and are influenced by health communication.

Updated April 4, 2017