Core Competencies

Upon graduating with a Master of Science in Population Health, students will have the following skills for a successful career:

Foundational Knowledge in Population Health Science

Understand the organization, structure, and function of healthcare systems across state, national, and international settings.
Master the concepts of health as a product of factors operating at multiple levels in dynamic ways over time.
Discuss health and illness from a population perspective.

Evidenced-Based Population Health Sciences & Research Methods

Demonstrate familiarity with foundational concepts in population health sciences.
Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of research designs.
Show introductory knowledge on a range of population health sciences disciplines.
Selects appropriate interventional, observational, or qualitative study designs.
Interpret research results of data analysis for population health sciences research, policy, or practice.

Quantitative and Analytic Skills

Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using appropriate techniques and software
Understand the basic analytical principles and their practical importance.
Understand the value of data quality, data management, and reproducibility.
Know how to assemble secondary data from existing public and private sources.
Understand appropriate methods for data presentation.

Research and Program Planning and Management

Ensure ethical and responsible conduct of research.
Demonstrate an ability to develop an applied project.
Design a population-based policy, program, or project.
Explain basic principles and tools of resource management.
General understanding of managing/budgeting projects.

Systems Thinking and Policy in Population Health Sciences

Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue.
Understands the basics of the policymaking process.
Discuss and assess multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence.
Propose strategies to identify and engage stakeholders in coalitions and partnerships.
Evaluate policies for their impact on population health.

Leadership and Team Practice

Demonstrate an ability to equitably collaborate with multiple stakeholders.
Apply principles of leadership, governance and management.
Work collaboratively in teams across disciplines.

Communication and Knowledge Transfer

Communicate with practitioners, policymakers, the media, and other relevant audiences about findings and significance of research.
Summarizes and communicates the importance of a body of research for relevant audiences,
Understands how to engage networks, knowledge brokers, social media, and other avenues to disseminate research.
Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors