MPH Health Behavior and Health Education Program Competencies

Students Beginning Program Spring 2021 to Present

Applies to students in MPH, MD/MPH, and PharmD/MPH programs with this concentration.

  • Demonstrate how to apply major health behavior and health education theories that are utilized in public health practice.
  • Apply major health behavior and health education theories to the design of culturally appropriate health promotion and disease prevention strategies.
  • Debate the effect of cultural competence on qualitative and quantitative approaches used in the study of health disparities.
  • Evaluate evidence-based information for behavioral/educational policies/programs.
  • Articulate the components and process of designing an appropriate program evaluation for a public health problem.

Students Beginning Program Spring 2012 – Fall 2020

  • Analyze ethical issues encountered in the design, implementation and evaluation of health promotion interventions.
  • Apply and ecological model and systems constructs to explain the design, implementation, and evaluation of public health service or research addressing health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Critically examine the role of social and cultural variables contributing to health disparities.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work effectively with diverse communities and professions to define and address important public health concerns.
  • Describe the major risk factors for morbidity and mortality in specific population segments.
  • Design and implement culturally-appropriate, theory-based/evidence-based procedures to assess health-related knowledge, attitudes and behaviors for specific populations, using existing scales and items when appropriate.
  • Design and implement methodologically sound procedures to collect and analyze process, impact, and outcome measures to evaluate health promotion programs.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate culturally-appropriate, theory-based/evidence-based health promotion strategies
  • Evaluate the design, methods, effects, and relevance of health promotion programs presented in the extant literature (e.g. scientific articles, professional publications, technical reports, white papers, popular press).
  • Explain major theories and concepts that are utilized in educational and behavioral approaches to health promotion and disease prevention.