BSPH Program Competencies

Core Public Health Competencies for BSPH majors

By receiving a Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree from the School of Public Health-Bloomington, students will be expected to attain the following public health competencies in addition to those specific to their major:

  1. Apply statistical reasoning and methods in addressing, analyzing and solving problems in public health.
  2. Utilize a statistical package program to access, analyze, and interpret public health data.
Public Health Administration
  1. Identify the main components and issues of the organization, financing and delivery of health services and public health systems.
  2. Identify the principles of management to organizational initiatives.
  1. Assess patterns of disease in public health.
  2. Describe how methods of epidemiology and surveillance are used to safeguard the population’s health.
Environmental Health Sciences
  1. Identify factors, agents, and conditions within the environment that cause adverse health outcomes.
  2. Describe environmental control strategies that are commonly applied to prevent or minimize adverse health effects of environmental agents.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
  1. Identify behavioral, social, and cultural factors related to public health in diverse communities.

Concentration Specific Competencies

In addition to Core Public Health Competencies for BSPH Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree with a major in Community Health, students will be able to:

  1. Summarize historical milestones in public health.
  2. Identify cultural, political, behavioral, and economic factors related to diverse public health disparity issues.
  3. Assess the values and perspectives of diverse individual communities and cultures and their influences on health disparities related to behaviors, choices, and practices.
  4. Demonstrate ethical choices, values and professional practices in public health.
  5. Identify lifestyle behaviors that positively and negatively influence health.
  6. Integrate research designs, methods, and instruments into public health assessments.
  7. Develop and implement an evaluation or research plan related to a public health issue.
  8. Plan, design, develop, implement and evaluation strategies to improve community health.