Learning Outcomes

All students graduating with a major in public health will be able to:

  1. Describe and articulate the potential impact of essential services that public health programs provide to protect and improve the health of populations.
  2. Demonstrate use of research tools and analytical methods to critically analyze, monitor and assess the health status of populations.
  3. Evaluate the impact of policies and legislation on individual and population health.
  4. Appraise cultural differences among populations and interact sensitively, effectively, and professionally with persons from diverse backgrounds.
  5. Apply public health research and program planning principles to solve a current public health-related issue for a nonprofit organization or government agency.
  6. Explain the history and philosophy of public health as well as its core values, concepts, and functions across the globe and in society
  7. Identify, explain, and utilize the basic concepts, methods, and tools of public health data collection, use, and analysis and why evidence-based approaches are an essential part of public health practice
  8. Identify and address the concepts of population health, and the basic processes, approaches, and interventions which focus on the major health-related needs and concerns of populations
  9. Describe the underlying science of human health and disease including opportunities for promoting and protecting health across the life course
  10. Identify and explain the socio-economic, behavioral, biological, environmental, and other factors that impact human health and contribute to health disparities
  11.  Utilize the fundamental concepts and features of project implementation, including planning, assessment, and evaluation
  12. Explain the fundamental characteristics and organizational structures of the U.S. health system as well as to the differences in systems in other countries
  13. Describe the basic concepts of legal, ethical, economic, and regulatory dimensions of health care and public health policy, and the roles, influences and responsibilities of the different agencies and branches of government
  14. Utilize the basic concepts of public health-specific communication, including technical and professional writing and the use of mass media and electronic technology