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Upon completion of the MPH program, student should be able to: • Articulate and utilize core public health concepts in the areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, health services administration, and environmental health. • Identify and assess the public health conditions, including assets and deficiencies, of populations. • Demonstrate the ability to plan, implement, and evaluate programs and services designed to address public health conditions. • Understand and employ an “ecological approach” to public health, with emphasis on the linkages and relationships among the multiple determinants of health to assure conditions that protect and promote the health of populations. • Identify and analyze health disparities and design appropriate and culturally competent prevention and intervention strategies. • Apply theory and knowledge in field-based settings, as evidenced by a competency level of knowledgeable to proficient across the seven competency domains for public health professionals: o Analytical assessment. o Policy development/program planning. o Communication. o Cultural competency. o Community dimension of practice. o Basic public health sciences. o Financial planning and management. o Leadership and systems thinking. • Demonstrate skills in public health research and communication. • Apply critical thinking skills within the context of public health policy, practice, and research. In addition to the overall program learning objectives, students completing the Public Health Practice specialization should be able to: • Apply evidence-based knowledge of health determinants to public health issues. • Understand the interrelationship among the organization, delivery, and financing of health-related services. • Communicate public health principles and concepts through various strategies across multiple sectors of the community. • Enact cultural competence and promote diversity in public health research and practice. • Evaluate reported studies in terms of rigor, importance, and relevance to professional practice. • Incorporate effective management approaches into public health settings. • Contribute to health behavior change in various populations. • Address environmental health issues in community, agency, and governmental settings. • Apply critical thinking skills to integrate theories, research, and experiential knowledge into advanced public health practice. In addition to the overall program learning objectives, students completing the Healthcare Management and Policy specialization should be able to: • Design and implement a cost-effective health care program or project, including obtaining and coordinating required financial and staff resources. • Apply best practices of human resource management and supervision in a manner that is ethical, legally compliant, and responsive to the motivational and growth needs of an organization’s employees. • Adopt a strategic management model and strategic perspective to the managerial or professional roles within an organization. • Demonstrate the utility of tools and techniques of corporate finance applied to health care. • Conduct an environmental analysis of the public health agency’s strengths and weaknesses (internal) and opportunities and threats (external), including identification of the agency’s key constituencies and accountabilities. • Apply policy research tools and methods and analytical reasoning to evaluate the effects of a prevailing or proposed legislative or regulatory initiative. • Apply economic analysis to assess the effectiveness of public health interventions in improving the health of populations. • Apply critical thinking skills to analyze and influence the health policymaking process at the federal and state levels of government.