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. Demonstrate abilities in some type of application of epidemiologic principles and methods to the investigation of relationships between an exposure and a health outcome or condition and some type of experience in integrating the methods learned in epidemiology to the problem. Student is able to:


Identify key sources of data for epidemiologic purposes.
  FT10b. Describe a public health problem in terms of magnitude, person, time and place.
  FT10c. Explain the importance of epidemiology for informing scientific, ethical, economic and political discussion of health issues.
  FT10d. Apply the basic terminology and definitions of epidemiology.
  FT10e. Calculate basic epidemiology measures.
  FT10f. Draw appropriate inferences from epidemiologic and other public health data.
FT11. Demonstrate abilities in some of experience communicating findings from such an investigation with some specific audience(s). Student is able to:
  FT11a. Explain the importance of epidemiology for informing scientific, ethical, economic and political discussion of health issues.
  FT11b. Communicate epidemiologic information to lay and professional audiences.