CEPH accreditation criteria indicate that all graduate professional public health degree students must complete sufficient coursework to attain depth and knowledge in the core areas of public health knowledge and concepts and competencies from these areas must be integrated into the MPH curriculum. As part of the accreditation process, programs must delineate a list of competencies that describe the knowledge, skills and abilities a successful graduate should have at the end of the program. The CEPH allows MPH programs to develop their own competencies or to adapt or adopt competencies developed by other recognized public health organizations. The competencies will be allocated by specific courses and practicum so that all of the following are met.

Profession and Science in Public Health

  1. Explain public health history, philosophy, and values
  2. Identify the core functions of public health and the 10 Essential Services
  3. Explain the role of quantitative and qualitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population’s health
  4. List major causes and trends of morbidity and mortality in the US or other community relevant to the school or program
  5. Discuss the science of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention in population health, including health promotion, screening etc.
  6. Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge

Factors Related to Human Health

  1. Explain the effects of environmental factors on a population’s health
  2. Explain the biological and genetic factors that affect a population’s health
  3. Explain behavioral and psychological factors that affect a population’s health
  4. Explain the social, political, and economic determinants of health and how they contribute to population health and health equities
  5. Explain how globalization affects global burdens of disease
  6. Explain an ecological perspective on the connections among human health, animal health and ecosystem health


Evidence-based approaches to Public Health

  1. Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
  2. Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
  3. Analyze quantitative and quality data using biostatistics, informative, computer-based programming and software as appropriate


Public Health and Health Care Systems

  1. Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health, and regulatory systems across national and settings
  2. Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequalities, and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels


Planning and Management to Promote Health

  1. Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health
  2. Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to design or implementation of public health policies or programs
  3. Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
  4. Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
  5. Select methods to evaluate public health programs


Policy in Public Health

  1. Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence
  2. Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnership for influencing public health outcomes
  3. Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
  4. Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity



  1. Apply principles of leadership, governance and management which include vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
  2. Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges



  1. Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
  2. Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation


Inter-professional Practice

  1. Perform effectively on inter-professional teams


Systems Thinking

  1. Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue