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The public health profession recently identified eight competencies from the Council on Linkages between Academia and Public Health Practice that leaders should possess to be effective. These competencies serve as guidelines for developing curricula and course content and evaluating education and training.

The public health competency categories are:

  1. Analytic and assessment skills
  2. Policy development and program planning skills
  3. Communication skills
  4. Cultural competency skills
  5. Community dimensions of practice skills
  6. Basic public health sciences skills
  7. Financial planning and management skills
  8. Leadership and systems thinking skills

The master of public health program at DMU has adopted these competencies to help students develop along professional guidelines. You will complete a skills assessment at the time of application and complete another assessment at the end of the program. Through these pre- and post-program assessments, you will measure where you have advanced your skills. You will also have a useful tool to create a resume highlighting your specific strengths for current or future employers.