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MPH Competencies and Course Matrices

By receiving a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the NDSU, students will be expected to attain the following public health competencies in addition to those specific to their specialization: 

Previous MPH Competencies and Course Matrices

Courses through which MPH Foundational Competencies are Met

Foundational Competencies
(see key below for course titles)
1. Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situationsxx
2. Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health contextxx
3. Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriatexxx
4. Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practicexx
5. Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settingsx
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 levelsx
7. Assess population health needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ healthxx
8. Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programsx
9. Design a population-based policy, program, project or interventionx
10. Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource managementx
11. Select methods to evaluate public health programsxx
12. Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidencex
13. Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomesxx
14. Advocate for political, social or economic policies and program that will improve health in diverse populationsxx
15. Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equityxx
16. Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision makingxx
17. Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organization or community challengesx
18. Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectorsx
19. Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentationxxxxx
20. Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health contentxxxx
21. Perform effectively on interprofessional teamsxxx
22. Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issuexxx


Key for Course Titles
PH 704Public Health Management and PolicyPH 720Environmental Health for Public 
Health Professionals
PH 731BiostatisticsPH 751Essentials in Epidemiology
PH 741Social and Behavioral Sciences
 in Public Health
PH 745Community Health Leadership

Specialization Competencies and Course Matrices

American Indian Public Health Competencies and Course Matrix

Specialization Competencies
(see key below for course titles)
AIPH 1. Analyze key comparative health indicators for American Indians.xx
AIPH 2. Describe American Indian health in historical context and analyze the impact of colonial processes on health
AIPH 3. Describe the unique challenges in implementing the 10 Essential Public Health Services in tribal communities.xxxx
AIPH 4. Critically evaluate public health policy, research, and programs for their impact on American Indian populations.xx
AIPH 5. Describe health equity in the context of American Indian public healthxxx


Key for Course Titles
PH 771American Indian Health PolicyPH 773Social and Cultural Determinants in Indian Health
PH 772American Indian Health EquityPH 774Research Issues in Tribal 


Community Health Sciences Competencies and Course Matrix

Specialization Competencies
(see key below for course titles)
CHS 1. Identify and collect interdisciplinary public health information, including epidemiology and biostatistics to analyze and explain health problems and issues facing communities.xx
CHS 2. Utilize both qualitative and quantitative methods to gather the evidence necessary to appropriately prioritize individual, organizational, and community concerns and resources for public health programs.xx
CHS 3. Assess the health needs and readiness of a community to design appropriate interventions that are acceptable across diverse populations to meet the health needs of communities.xx
CHS 4. Implement evidence-based strategies to improve individual health by promoting health through policy, system, and environmental change at organizational, public health and clinical systems, and community levels.xx
CHS 5. Evaluate the impact of health promotion, public health and clinical systems programs on community and population health outcomes.xx
Key for Course Titles
PH 700Preventing and Managing Chronic 
PH 755Integrating Primary Care and Public 
PH 725Promoting Health through Policy, Systems, 
and Environment
NURS 715Advanced Community Assessment

Food Safety Competencies and Course Matrix

Specialization Competencies
(see key below for course titles)
SAFE 652PH 752PH 722MICR 752
FS 1. Develop, implement, and evaluate strategies to address public health/food safety issues for a variety of audiencesxx
FS 2. Describe how food safety and biosecurity policies, globalization, and international trade influence public healthxx
FS 3. Determine how specific threats to the food system can be detected, prevented, controlled, and mitigated. xxx
FS 4. Critically analyze different surveillance tools to identify and track food safety outbreaks xx
FS 5. Explain the roles of surveillance data and food safety research in determining food safety regulations and public health policies


Key for Course Titles
SAFE 652Food Laws and RegulationsPH 722Applied Community Health
PH 752Advanced Topics in EpidemiologyMICR 752Advanced Topics in Food Safety Microbiology 


Management of Infectious Diseases Competencies and Course Matrix

Specialization Competencies
(see key below for course titles)
PH 752PH
MID 1. Demonstrate knowledge of infectious disease pathogenesis, clinical diagnosis and treatment of major communicable diseases.xx
MID 2. Describe the epidemiology of the major infectious diseases both regionally and worldwide as well as the risk exposures and behaviors as these relate to transmission of
MID 3. Apply appropriate statistical, epidemiological, and mixed methods approaches to analyzing and interpreting population-level data pertaining to infectious diseases.xxxx
MID 4. Evaluate and use scientific research and best practices to generate evidence-based public health recommendations for infectious-disease planning, interventions, research, and policies. xxxx
MID 5. Describe different surveillance systems and methods used by public health agencies and health care systems to identify and track infectious diseasesxxxx
Key for Course Titles
PH 735Principles of Infectious Disease 
Management I
PH 752 Advanced Topics in Epidemiology
PH 736Principles of Infectious Disease 
Management II
PH 755Integrating Primary Care and Public Health

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