The unique opportunity EMD provides for students to partake in both surveillance as well as research paved the way for my success in my PhD.
Competencies - MPH in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases
Laying a Foundation
When you graduate from YSPH, you have options! Our curriculum is closely mapped to the core and departmental competencies so that you will have a foundation in the skills you need for a successful career in public health. See our Career Management Center pages to see where our alumni live and work after completing their MPH studies.
MPH Foundational Competencies
Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health
- Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
- Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
- Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate
- Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice
Public Health & Health Care Systems
- Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
- Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels
Planning & Management to Promote Health
- Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health
- Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs
- Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
- Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
- Select methods to evaluate public health programs
Policy in Public Health
- Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence
- Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
- Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
- Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity
- Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
- Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges
- Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
- Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
- Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content
- Perform effectively on interprofessional teams
- Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue
Upon obtaining an MPH degree in the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, the student will be able to:
- Describe the epidemiology and burden of major infectious diseases of humans worldwide
- Describe host-related factors, including behavioral, genetic and immunologic factors, which affect transmission and maintenance of pathogens in human populations.
- Describe pathogen-related factors that affect transmission and disease progression.
- Describe environmental and ecological factors that affect the emergence and transmission of zoonoses into human populations.
- Interpret and apply quantitative data to identify factors that influence infectious disease transmission and project disease risk in the future.
- Discuss approaches for the prevention and control of infectious diseases.
- Evaluate data and studies on the etiology, detection, prevention or control of infectious diseases.
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