DrPH Program Competencies

DrPH Foundational Competencies

Data & Analysis

  1. Explain qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods and policy analysis research and evaluation methods to address health issues at multiple (individual, group, organization, community and population) levels
  2. Design a qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, policy analysis or evaluation project to address a public health issue
  3. Explain the use and limitations of surveillance systems and national surveys in assessing, monitoring and evaluating policies and programs and to address a population’s health

Leadership, Management & Governance

  1. Propose strategies for health improvement and elimination of health inequities by organizing stakeholders, including researchers, practitioners, community leaders and other partners
  2. Communicate public health science to diverse stakeholders, including individuals at all levels of health literacy, for purposes of influencing behavior and policies
  3. Integrate knowledge, approaches, methods, values and potential contributions from multiple professions and systems in addressing public health problems
  4. Create a strategic plan
  5. Facilitate shared decision making through negotiation and consensus-building methods
  6. Create organizational change strategies
  7. Propose strategies to promote inclusion and equity within public health programs, policies and systems
  8. Assess one’s own strengths and weaknesses in leadership capacities, including cultural proficiency
  9. Propose human, fiscal and other resources to achieve a strategic goal
  10. Cultivate new resources and revenue streams to achieve a strategic goal

Policy & Programs

  1. Design a system-level intervention to address a public health issue
  2. Integrate knowledge of cultural values and practices in the design of public health policies and programs
  3. Integrate scientific information, legal and regulatory approaches, ethical frameworks and varied stakeholder interests in policy development and analysis
  4. Propose interprofessional team approaches to improving public health

Education & Workforce Development

  1. Assess an audience’s knowledge and learning needs
  2. Deliver training or educational experiences that promote learning in academic, organizational or community settings
  3. Use best practice modalities in pedagogical practices

Updated March 6, 2017


DrPH Specialty Competencies

In addition to the DrPH foundational competencies specified by CEPH, the COPH’s DrPH program will address the following specialty competencies:

  1. Apply community-based participatory principles to public health practice and research.
  2. Critically analyze potential risks, benefits, and unintended consequences of proposed research, policy, and practice.
  3. Identify capacity needs within organizations and communities and develop strategies to address those needs.
  4. Demonstrate ethical behavior in teaching, research, and practice.
  5. Apply current and appropriate theories to the development of community-based programs and organization initiatives.

Updated March 15, 2017