Integrative Project (IP) Competencies

Students will demonstrate mastery of foundational and concentration-specific competencies, as well as integration of public health concepts.

Integration Competencies

  • Demonstrate effective writing skills
  • Demonstrate integration by identifying linkages between specifics of the project topic and core public health disciplines (biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, and health services administration)
  • Demonstrate integration by applying methods and techniques acquired in the program to the specific topic

In addition to integration competencies, select foundational and concentration-specific competencies.

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

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

IP Competencies Prior to Fall 2017

For students who began their IP prior to fall 2017

IP1. Demonstrate the ability to integrate and apply principles, methods, and knowledge from preceding courses to address a specific environmental health problem of public health significance.
IP2. The particular core, interdisciplinary/cross-cutting, and concentration-specific competencies each student uses will vary by project, and the relevant competencies should be determined in consultation with the student's project advisor and evident in the final written report. However, it is expected that the project will demonstrate that the student is able to do one or more of the following competencies as appropriate to the project:


Describe the direct and indirect human, ecological and safety effects of major environmental and occupational agents.
  IP2b. Describe genetic, physiologic and psychosocial factors that affect susceptibility to adverse health outcomes following exposure to environmental hazards.
  IP2c. Describe federal and state regulatory programs, guidelines and authorities that control environmental health issues.
  IP2d. Specify approaches for assessing, preventing and controlling environmental hazards that pose risks to human health and safety.
  IP2e. Discuss various risk management and risk communication approaches in relation to issues of environmental justice and equity.
  IP2f. Integrate toxicologic and epidemiologic information 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.
  IP2g. Identify and describe ethical, economic, and political implications derived from the project.
IP3. Demonstrate integration of preceding coursework by identifying linkages between the specific approaches used to address the health problem and the principles, methods, and knowledge base acquired in the program. This is demonstrated, both in execution of the project and in the final written and oral presentations by:
  IP3a. Application of core epidemiologic, biostatistical, environmental health, health behavior, or health services administration methods, data, or knowledge as appropriate to the topic.
  IP3b. Application of principles, methods, and knowledge from environmental health concentration required and elective courses as appropriate to the topic.
IP4. Demonstrate effective written and oral skills for communicating with different audiences in the context of professional public health activities.
  IP4a. This will be demonstrated by writing a logical, sound, evidence informed, organized, and well-written paper.
  IP4b. It will also be demonstrated by a well-prepared oral presentation.