Competencies and Learning Objectives

Students at Michigan Public Health are expected to demonstrate specific skills and knowledge based on their discipline by the end of their degree program. Use the filters below to identify the competencies for your degree and concentration.

  Competency Domain
1 Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health
2 Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health
3 Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health
4 Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health
5 Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings Public Health and Health Care Systems
6 Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels Public Health and Health Care Systems
7 Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities' health Planning and Management to Promote Health
8 Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs Planning and Management to Promote Health
9 Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention Planning and Management to Promote Health
10 Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management Planning and Management to Promote Health
11 Select methods to evaluate public health programs Planning and Management to Promote Health
12 Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence Policy in Public Health
13 Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes Policy in Public Health
14 Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations Policy in Public Health
15 Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity Policy in Public Health
16 Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making Leadership
17 Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges Leadership
18 Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors Communication
19 Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation Communication
20 Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content Communication
21 Perform effectively on interprofessional teams Interprofessional Practice
22 Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue Systems Thinking

  Competency Domain
1 Explain public health history, philosophy and values Profession and Science of Public Health
2 Identify the core functions of public health and the 10 Essential Services Profession and Science of Public Health
3 Explain the role of quantitative and qualitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population's health Profession and Science of Public Health
4 List major causes and trends of morbidity and mortality in the US or other community relevant to the school or program Profession and Science of Public Health
5 Discuss the science of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in population health, including health promotion, screening, etc. Profession and Science of Public Health
6 Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge Profession and Science of Public Health
7 Explain effects of environmental factors on a population's health Factors Related to Human Health
8 Explain biological and genetic factors that affect a population's health Factors Related to Human Health
9 Explain behavioral and psychological factors that affect a population's health Factors Related to Human Health
10 Explain the social, political and economic determinants of health and how they contribute to population health and health inequities Factors Related to Human Health
11 Explain how globalization affects global burdens of disease Factors Related to Human Health
12 Explain an ecological perspective on the connections among human health, animal health and ecosystem health (e.g., One Health) Factors Related to Human Health

  • BIOSTAT501: Introduction to Biostatistics
  • BIOSTAT521: Applied Biostatistics
  • BIOSTAT522: Biostatistical Analysis for Health-Related Studies
  • BIOSTAT591: Introduction to R
  • BIOSTAT592: Applied Regression
  • BIOSTAT595: Applied Longitudinal Analysis Using R
  • BIOSTAT601: Probability and Distribution Theory
  • BIOSTAT602: Biostatistical Inference
  • BIOSTAT620: Introduction to Health Data Science
  • BIOSTAT625: Computing with Big Data
  • BIOSTAT629: Case Studies in Health Big Data
  • BIOSTAT650: Theory and Application of Linear Regression
  • BIOSTAT651: Applied Statistics II: Extensions for Linear Regression
  • BIOSTAT653: Theory and Application of Longitudinal Analysis.
  • BIOSTAT699: Analysis of Biostatistical Investigations
  • BIOSTAT801: Advanced Inference I
  • BIOSTAT802: Advanced Inference II
  • EHS556: Occupational Ergonomics
  • EHS570: Water Quality Management
  • EHS574: Environmental Chemistry
  • EHS582: Principles of Community Air Pollution
  • EHS601: Exposure Science and Health
  • EHS602: Essentials of Toxicology
  • EHS603: Occupational and Environmental Disease
  • EHS604: Integrated Approaches in Environmental Health
  • EHS608: Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology
  • EHS616: Introduction to Toxicological Pathology
  • EHS640: Environmental Chemistry Laboratory
  • EHS651: Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Program Management
  • EHS652: Evaluation of Chemical Hazards
  • EHS654: Control of Exposures to Airborne Contaminants
  • EHS658: Physical Hazards
  • EHS675: Data Analysis for Environmental Epidemiology
  • EHS796: Special Topics in Environmental Health Sciences
  • EPID504: Polymicrobial Communities Laboratory
  • EPID506: Health of Nations: Introduction to International Health
  • EPID531: Epidemiology Capstone Writing Course
  • EPID582: Molecular Epidemiology
  • EPID590: Epidemiological Methods
  • EPID591: Social Epidemiology: From Frameworks to Policy
  • EPID592: Introduction to Spatial Epidemiology and GIS for Public Health
  • EPID600: Introduction to Epidemiology
  • EPID601: Principles and Methods of Epidemiology
  • EPID602: EPID Methods II: Applied Epidemiologic Data Analysis
  • EPID608: Environmental Epidemiology
  • EPID642: Sampling and Power
  • EPID643: Surveillance and Publicly Available Datasets
  • EPID664: Field Methods in Epidemiology for Developing Countries
  • EPID665: Research Seminar in International Health
  • EPID680: Hospital Epidemiology I
  • EPID811: Critical Appraisal of Epidemiologic Studies
  • EPID824: Advanced Epidemiologic Methods
  • HBEHED590: Principles of Community Engagement for Health Promotion
  • HBEHED591: Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs
  • HBEHED600: Psychosocial Factors in Health-Related Behavior
  • HBEHED622: Program Evaluation in Health Education
  • HBEHED651: Program Development in Health Education
  • HBEHED690: Environmental Health Promotion
  • HBEHED823: Structural Influences on Health and Social Behavior
  • HBEHED885: Health Education Models of Practice and Interventions at the Community Level
  • HBEHED886: Theory-Driven Interventions Targeting Individual Behavior Change
  • HMP540: Legal Rules and Ethical Issues for Clinical Research
  • HMP542: Cost Utility Analysis and Clinical Research
  • HMP603: Organization and Management of Healthcare Systems
  • HMP604: Organization and Management of Health Advocacy and Community-Based Non-profits
  • HMP610: Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health
  • HMP620: Professional Development
  • HMP653: Law and Public Health
  • HMP660: Economics of Health Management and Policy I
  • HMP802: Introduction to Health Services and Policy Research
  • HMP809: Logic and Methods of Medical Care Research(Psych 809)
  • HMP826: Applied Econometrics in Health Services Research
  • HMP835: Research Practicum
  • NUTR590: Epigenetics and the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
  • NUTR600: Professional Development in the Nutritional Sciences
  • NUTR624: Nutritional Epidemiology
  • NUTR630: Principles of Nutritional Science
  • NUTR631: Metabolism of Vitamins & Minerals
  • NUTR633: Evaluation of Global Nutrition Programs
  • NUTR638: Nutrigenomics
  • NUTR639: Pathophysiology of Obesity
  • NUTR640: Nutritional Assessment
  • NUTR642: Community Nutrition
  • NUTR650: Socio-ecological Approaches to Child and Adolescent Nutrition
  • NUTR677: Physical Growth and Maturation
  • NUTR688: Research Topics in Nutritional Sciences
  • NUTR830: Advanced Topics in Macronutrient Metabolism
  • NUTR869: Innovations in Nutrition Research
  • NUTR990: Dissertation Research/Pre-Candidate
  • NUTR995: Dissertation Research for Doctorate in Philosophy
  • PUBHLTH511: Nutrition and Public Health
  • PUBHLTH512: Principles of Epidemiology for Public Health
  • PUBHLTH514: Public Health Sciences and the Environment
  • PUBHLTH515: Population Health