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MPH Competencies

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Master of Public Health (MPH) program takes an interprofessional, practice-oriented approach to provide educational training in public health. The MPH program works across all levels of community, government, private industry, and other institutional settings to achieve core competencies and promote health equity in Wisconsin communities and beyond. We are committed to advancing the Wisconsin Idea, a concept that espouses sharing university resources and knowledge beyond the campus, through didactic and experiential learning. After completing the MPH program, students will be able to:

  1. Translate and apply public health knowledge gained through didactic and experiential learning, research and practice at the University to improve the health of the population and promote health equity.
  2. Utilize a global health perspective to improve the health and wellness of underserved and minority communities.
  3. Employ theory and evidence-based methodologies to inform interdisciplinary public health practice and research.
  4. Employ a socio-ecological model to recognize system-level properties that result from dynamic interactions among human and social systems and how they affect community health.
  5. Utilize a community health assessment framework to analyze and evaluate the health status of populations on the basis of multiple determinants of health.
  6. Identify strengths and limitations of current public health models and approaches and develop effective solutions for today’s public health challenges.
  7. Communicate effectively using various modalities across settings and audiences in order to achieve public health goals.
  8. Practice public health with honesty and integrity using a respectful and collaborative approach that responds to the needs of the communities we serve.

9. Demonstrate leadership in public health, striving for excellence and lifelong learning.