Field Training Competencies

Select a minimum of 3 in collaboration with your faculty advisor.

Select a minimum of 2 in collaboration with your faculty advisor.

FT Competencies Prior to Fall 2017

Competencies Addressed by the Field Training

Competencies acquired during field training will vary depending upon the particular circumstances and opportunities offered by a field training site. Any one field training experience is not expected to address all competencies.

The first 9 competencies apply to all MPH programs.

FT1. Articulate an achievable mission, set of core values and vision.
FT2. Engage in dialogue and learning from others to advance public health goals.
FT3. Demonstrate transparency, integrity and honesty in all actions.
FT4. Promote high standards of personal and organizational integrity, compassion, honesty and respect for all people.

Appreciate the importance of working collaboratively with diverse communities and constituencies (e.g., individual clients, practitioners, agencies, organizations and researchers).

FT6. Apply legal and ethical principles to the use of information technology and resources in public health settings.
FT7. Use information technology to access, evaluate and interpret public health data.
FT8. Describe the legal and ethical bases for public health and health services.
FT9.    Develop enhanced awareness of basic concepts and, as appropriate, use skills involved in culturally appropriate community engagement and empowerment with diverse communities.

The remaining competencies are program specific.

FT10. Describe basic concepts of probability, random variation and commonly used statistical probability distributions.
FT11. Describe commonly used statistical methods when normality assumptions are met.
FT12. Describe preferred methodological alternatives to commonly used statistical methods when assumptions are not met.
FT13. Distinguish among the different measurement scales and the implications for selection of statistical methods to be used based on these distinctions.
FT14. Apply descriptive techniques commonly used to summarize public health data.
FT15. Apply common statistical methods for inference.
FT16. Apply descriptive and inferential methodologies according to the type of study design for answering a particular research question.
FT17. Apply basic informatics techniques with vital statistics and public health records in the description of public health characteristics and in public health research and evaluation.
FT18. Interpret results of statistical analyses found in public health studies.
FT19. Develop written and oral presentations based on statistical analyses for both public health professionals and educated lay audiences.