Public Health Core Competencies
Department of Public Health
Bachelor of Science in Public Health
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Definition of Core Competencies
What are the 5 Core Competencies of Public Health?
Environmental Health Sciences
Health Policy and Management
Social and Behavioral Sciences
What are the 22 CEPH Competencies of Public Health?
Evidence-based approaches to public health
Public health and health care systems
Planning and management to promote health
Policy in public health
While both are necessary for effective public health work, they are distinct in that core competencies of public health are the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to successfully perform “critical work functions,” whereas public health specializations are a narrow or defined area of expertise in which to apply core competencies.
There may be numerous ways to improve depending on your needs and career goals. You might consider advancing your education. Many online programs have been launched catering to students who don’t want to commute to campus, such as online MPH programs, online MHI programs, online MHA programs and more. There are also other ways to continue developing your competencies after graduation from school. Read our Resources for Continuing Professional Development in Public Health to learn more.