Upon successful completion of the program, students will have mastered the following competencies:
- Apply core public health knowledge to public health policy issues using principles from the fields of epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health sciences, management, social and behavioral sciences, and academic & research ethics.
- Define the major public health policy challenges facing the United States and other high income countries; identify sources of evidence and information about these policy challenges and potential solutions; and develop and evaluate policy options to assess the economic, political, administrative, legal and social implications.
- Apply the appropriate quantitative tools and methods to conduct evidence-based health policy analysis and program evaluation; determine appropriate use of data for problem identification and resolution; and evaluate the integrity and comparability of data.
- Analyze the quality of research findings and assess the applicability to a particular health policy issue.
- Describe the health status and demographic profile of the US population, including the incidence and prevalence of disease, as well as the mortality rates and life expectancy in the US.
- Describe the financing and organization of the public health system and healthcare services in the US.
- Effectively develop, analyze, and evaluate health policy.
- Utilize career planning and development skills for the health policy arena to obtain field placement and post-graduate employment.
- Describe the role of political actors in the formation and implementation of health policy and the impact of law and regulation on the health of the public.
- Describe the major players in the health/public health policy arena, including public agencies and private organizations and institutions that conduct health/public health policy research and analysis.