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All students majoring in public health will be able to demonstrate the following competencies:
- Describe the history, philosophy, core values, concepts, functions and population-based approaches of public health.
- Discuss the underlying science of human health and disease, including opportunities for promoting and protecting health across the life course.
- Demonstrate the basic concepts, methods and tools of public health data collection, use and analysis and why evidence-based approaches are an essential part of public health practice.
- Explain the behavioral, environmental, biological and socio-economic determinants that impact human health and contribute to health disparities.
- Apply data collection and analysis to develop evidence-based population approaches to public health problems.
- Describe the fundamental characteristics and organizational structures of the U.S. health system as well as the systems in other countries.
- Describe the legal, ethical, economic, and regulatory aspects of public health practice and health policy.
- Demonstrate public health communication skills using oral, written, mass media and electronic technology formats.