All MPH students must master all competencies prior to graduating. Competency assessment will take place while students are taking courses, completing the internship and and as they work on their project/thesis. See the BCH MPH competency list to better understand the program competencies.  Below is an overview of the competencies students will master during the MPH program in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health:

  • Identify critical stakeholders for the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs, policies and interventions.
  • Identify individual, organizational and community concerns, assets, resources and deficits for social and behavioral science interventions.
  • Describe steps and procedures for the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs, policies and interventions.
  • Apply evidence-based approaches in the development and evaluation of social and behavioral science interventions.
  • Implement behavioral and community health strategies, interventions and programs.
  • Conduct evaluation and research related to behavioral and community health.
  • Administer public health strategies, interventions and programs.
  • Serve as a behavioral and community health resource person.
  • Communicate and advocate for public health.
  • Identify basic theories, concepts and models from a range of social and behavioral disciplines that are used in public health research and practice.
  • Identify the causes of social and behavioral factors that affect health of individuals and populations.
  • Describe the role of social and community factors in both the onset and solution of public health problems.
  • Describe the merits of social and behavioral science interventions and policies.
  • Apply ethical principles to public health program planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • Specify multiple targets and levels of intervention for social and behavioral science programs and/or policies.
  • Describe the roles of history, power, privilege, and structural inequality in producing health disparities.
  • Cite examples of situations where consideration of culture-specific needs resulted in a more effective modification or adaptation of a health intervention.