Master of Public Health Degree Program

Overview and Requirements

Program Competencies

The MPH Program competencies are derived from several nationally and internationally recognized public health organizations, including, but not limited to:

  • MPH Core Competency Model set forth by the Association of Schools of Public Health
  • Council on Linkages between Academia and Public Health Practice
  • American College of Epidemiology
  • International Epidemiological Association
  • National Environmental Health Association
  • International Society of Environmental Epidemiology
  • American Public Health Association: Environmental Health Section
  • Royal Society of Public Health
  • National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences
  • National Institute for Occupational Health Sciences

The matrix of competencies that guide each MPH program concentration at Indiana University-Bloomington can be found below:

MPH Program Competencies: Core and Concentration Specific

MPH Program Competency Matrix

Competency Tracker

Student Access to Competency Tracker

Faculty Access to Competency Tracker

The purpose of the Competency Tracker is to allow students to assess their level of attainment of competencies in the core and required courses in the MPH Program. Students assess their level of attainment at the beginning and at the conclusion of core and required courses. This assessment tool shows the student’s progress towards attainment of competencies over the course of the semester and the MPH Program. Faculty will utilize the results to determine whether or not their course activities linked to the competencies are relevant. The tracker is not a mechanism to evaluate the course or the faculty. 

Competency Worksheet Instructions for MPH Students

Initial Assessment. After review of all of the competencies within each concentration and core area, students will rate the extent to which they feel competent.  Assessment of level of knowledge or skill as students enter the MPH program are based on any previous coursework and field experiences. This is to be completed within the first two weeks of the semester.

Ideas for Activities. Students will consider activities during the MPH program to attain these competencies. In addition to course work, students will think about practical professional activities that might help them apply and develop knowledge and skills through field work. These competencies guide what is covered in courses through lectures, discussions, assignments, group work, and class projects. Thus, in some cases, course activities will help students attain competencies. In many cases, however, course work can only bring an awareness of the competency. Students will need to develop the competency with field work through volunteer experience, service work, summer professional development, internships, applied research, and other activities.

Review your level on the competencies and note where you need to improve. Identify competencies that are priorities given your career goals. In consultation with your advisor and other mentors, determine activities you can pursue as you complete the MPH program to attain these competencies.

Final Assessment. At the end of each core and concentration specific course, students will rate themselves on the competencies a second time. By assessing at the beginning of the course and again at the conclusion, students will be able to see the competencies attained and the improvements achieved. Demonstration of the level of attainment of the core competencies will be described in a professional portfolio through the Culminating Experience course. This professional portfolio will contain documents from core courses and field activities students have completed which includes projects, papers, exhibits, and other materials to illustrate their accomplishments.