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.
FT5.

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. Apply epidemiologic principles and methods to the evaluation of relationships between environmental agents and adverse health outcomes. To accomplish this, students will be able to apply, as appropriate, the following Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) competencies:
 

FT10a.

Specify current environmental risk assessment methods.
  FT10b. Specify approaches for assessing, preventing and controlling environmental hazards that pose risks to human health and safety.
  FT10c. Describe and apply epidemiologic principles and methods to investigation of the relationships between environmental agents and adverse health outcomes.
FT11. Integrate toxicologic and epidemiologic principles and methods to the evaluation of health effects of an environmental agent on a specific community. To accomplish this, students will be able to apply, as appropriate, the following ASPH competencies:
  FT11a. Describe the direct and indirect human, ecological and safety effects of major environmental and occupational agents.
  FT11b. Describe genetic, physiologic and psychosocial factors that affect susceptibility to adverse health outcomes following exposure to environmental hazards.
  FT11c. Specify current environmental risk assessment methods.
  FT11d. Specify approaches for assessing, preventing and controlling environmental hazards that pose risks to human health and safety.
  FT11e. Explain the general mechanisms of toxicity in eliciting a toxic response to various environmental exposures.
  FT11f. Describe the activity and impact of biological, chemical and physical hazards on the human body, including the role of genetic factors, pathways and routes of exposure, fate within the body and adverse health effects.
  FT11g. Describe and apply epidemiologic principles and methods to investigation of the relationships between environmental agents and adverse health outcomes.
  FT11h. Interpret and read critically scientific literature in the environmental health sciences, including epidemiology, toxicology and relevant topics in biology, chemistry and medicine.
  FT11i. Integrate the above to analyze environmental health problems in specific population groups, including magnitude and distribution of exposures and adverse health outcomes, the role of contributing biological, psychological, sociocultural, economic, and political factors as appropriate and development and testing of hypotheses to link environmental hazards with adverse health outcomes.
FT12. Communicate with a specific audience or target population the influence of environmental factors on health and/or methods for reducing exposure or improving environmental quality to promote health. To accomplish this, students will be able to apply, as appropriate, the following ASPH competencies:
  FT12a. Specify approaches for assessing, preventing and controlling environmental hazards that pose risks to human health and safety.
  FT12b. Discuss various risk management and risk communication approaches in relation to issues of environmental justice and equity.
  FT12c. Communicate results of scientific analysis of environmental health problems to appropriate organizations and stakeholders, including the public, legislative bodies, government agencies, industry, advocacy organizations and academia to inform development and implementation of strategies for preventing and controlling those problems.