Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Public Health
Master of Public Health (MPH) & Graduate Certificate

Program Outcomes


Core Knowledge

Core Knowledge areas are defined by the Council on Education for Public Health and are taught in the following courses: Fundamentals of Environmental Health, US Healthcare Organization & Delivery, Basic Public Health Statistics, Fundamentals of Epidemiology, and Behavioral & Social Foundations of Public Health.

Graduates of the MPH program attain the following competencies in the Core Knowledge areas:

Fluency of Content Knowledge (general to the program and specific to the Capstone)

  • Describes factors affecting the health of a community (e.g., equity, income, education, environment)
  • Describes public health applications of quantitative and qualitative data
  • Gathers information that can inform options for policies, programs, and services (e.g., secondhand smoking policies, data use policies, HR policies, immunization programs, food safety programs)
  • Retrieves evidence (e.g., research findings, case reports, community surveys) from print and electronic sources (e.g., PubMed, Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, Mortality Weekly Report, The World Health Report) to support decision making
  • Describes the structures, functions, and authorizations of governmental public health programs, and organizations
  • Identifies government agencies with authority to address specific community health needs (e.g. lead in housing, water fluoridation, bike lanes, emergency preparedness) 

Critical Thinking

  • Interprets quantitative and qualitative data
  • Determines limitations of evidence (e.g., validity, reliability, sample size, bias, generalizability)
  • Describes implications of policies, programs, and services 

Research Methodology & Information Literacy

  • Identifies quantitative and qualitative data and information (e.g., vital statistics, electronic health records, transportation patterns, unemployment rates, community input, health equity impact assessments) that can be used for assessing the health of a community
  • Selects valid and reliable data
  • Uses quantitative and qualitative data
  • Determines quantitative and qualitative data and information (e.g., vital statistics, electronic health records, transportation patterns, unemployment rates, community input)
  • Recognizes limitations of evidence (e.g., validity, reliability, sample size, bias, generalizability)      

Technical Proficiency

  • Uses information technology in accessing, collecting, analyzing, using, maintaining, and disseminating data and information 

Communication

  • Communicates in writing and orally with linguistic and cultural proficiency (e.g., using age-appropriate materials, incorporating images) 

Contribution to the Discipline/Profession

  • Conveys data and information to professionals and the public using a variety of approaches (e.g., reports, presentations, email, letters) 

Beyond the Core Knowledge

Beyond the Core Knowledge refers to the competencies primarily covered in all other required, non-elective courses. These courses include: Introduction to Public Health, Health Research Methods, Program Planning, Implementation & Evaluation, Capstone, and Public Health Policy & Advocacy.

Graduates of the MPH program attain the following competencies in the Beyond the Core Knowledge areas:

Fluency of Content Knowledge (general to the program and specific to the Capstone)

  • Analyzes how evidence (e.g., data, findings reported in peer-reviewed literature) is used in decision making
  • Incorporates the contribution of diverse perspectives in developing, implementing, and evaluating policies, programs, and services that affect the health of a community
  • Evaluates the effects of policies, programs, and services on different populations in a community
  • Critiques the programs and services provided by governmental and nongovernmental organizations to improve the health of a community
  • Advocates for public health as part of a larger inter-related system of organizations that influence the health of populations at local, national, and global levels