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Course Competencies for MS and MPH Programs

The core and specialization competencies for both our Master of Public Health and Master of Science with Specialization in Biomedical Informatics programs can be seen below. These are our masters programs operated in collaboration with the College of Public Health:

​Master of Public Health with Special​ization in Biomedical Informatics Core Competencies ​
1.​ ​Apply appropriate descriptive and inferential statistical techniques to public health data and interpret results of statistical analyses in the context of public health research and evaluation
​2. ​Apply foundational principles of environmental health science to categorize sources and types of contaminants, matrices involved, pathways for and modes of exposure, associated health effects and societal issues, approaches to control, and major regulations
​3. ​Apply epidemiologic principles to investigate the distribution of risk factors and disease in the population to improve public health
​4. ​Apply evidence-based concepts of health behavior and health promotion to the design of public health messages and strategies
​5. ​Discuss the major components of the U.S. health care system and be able to apply their understanding to examine health policy and health program issues
​6. ​Demonstrate effective written and oral skills for communicating with different audiences in the context of professional public health activities
​7. ​Develop public health programs and strategies responsive to the diverse cultural values and traditions of the communities being served
8.​ ​Apply the core functions of assessment, policy development, and assurance in the analysis of global public health problems and their solutions
​9. ​Apply basic principles of ethical analysis to issues of public health practice and policy
​10. ​Collaborate with multidisciplinary groups to recognize and evaluate public health issues and develop strategies for intervention
 
Biomedical Informatics Specialization Competencies​ ​​
1.​ ​Compare and contrast types of major domestic and international public health issues, including sources/causes of infectious/chronic diseases, transmission, risk factors, morbidity and mortality.
2. ​Discuss various approaches/strategies for identification, response and intervention to address and attempt to resolve common public health issues.
3. ​Identify genetic, social, political, cultural, behavioral, socioeconomic, demographic and ethical factors and relationships to domestic and international public health issues and determinants  of health.  
4. ​Use basic tools and apply the fundamental principles of the five core disciplines of public health (biostatistics; environmental health; epidemiology; health administration/policy; health behavior/promotion) for domestic and international population health issues.
5. ​Utilize existing knowledge sources (e.g. databases) commonly used for biomedical informatics.
6. ​Discuss core biomedical informatics theories, methods, and practice areas from individual and population-based perspectives.
​7. ​Interpret applicable research articles.
​8. ​Apply principles of ethics for professional practice and responsible conduct of research.
 
​Master of Science with Specialization in Biomedical Informatics Competencies​ ​
​1. ​Compare and contrast types of major domestic and international public health issues, including sources/causes of infectious/chronic diseases, transmission, risk factors, morbidity and mortality.
​2. ​Discuss various approaches/strategies for identification, response and intervention to address and attempt to resolve common public health issues.
​3. ​Identify genetic, social, political, cultural, behavioral, socioeconomic, demographic and ethical factors and relationships to domestic and international public health issues and determinants of health.
​4. ​Use basic tools and apply the fundamental principles of the five core disciplines of public health (biostatistics; environmental health; epidemiology; health administration/policy; health behavior/promotion) for domestic and international population health issues.
​5. ​Utilize existing knowledge sources (e.g. databases) commonly used for biomedical informatics.
​6. ​Discuss core biomedical informatics theories, methods, and practice areas from individual and population-based perspectives.
​7. ​Interpret applicable research articles.
​8. ​Apply principles of ethics for professional practice and responsible conduct of research.
​9. ​Read the scientific literature in the student’s field and critique the methods and results.
​10. ​Conduct literature reviews to evaluate the state of the science regarding specific topics. 
​11. ​With input from the student’s advisor, identify an unanswered research question, formulate a hypothesis, and design a research study.
​12. ​Write a research proposal. 
​13. ​Conduct a research study.
​14. ​Evaluate research data and prepare a report summarizing the data, interpreting the statistical results, and presenting the findings, limitations and conclusions.
​15. ​Present and explain the study’s purpose, methods, results and conclusions to an informed audience.
 
Competency mapping can be seen here​ for all courses that are required or electives in both of the masters programs.