The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Public Health (LSUHSC SPH) has embraced a competency-based curriculum. The school’s curriculum committee is charged with the revision of the MPH competencies to assure that our graduates attain the requisite knowledge and skills to engage successfully in public health practice in the 21st century. The MPH course learning objectives are mapped against the MPH competencies. This curriculum requires that all MPH students satisfy competency requirements in the five core public health areas – Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Biostatistics, Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology and Health Policy and Systems Management (BCHS, BIOS, ENHS, EPID, HPSM) and in the areas of biologic basis of health and ethics. In addition to the school-wide required core competencies, students in each program area must also satisfy program specific MPH competencies. The process through which the competencies for the school and programs were achieved was one of collaboration, consensus and consultation. The school reviewed existing competency documents set forth by the Council on Linkages (COL), the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH); and existing competencies at peer institutions. In addition, we sought consultation from individuals recognized as leaders in public health education, curriculum development and public health competencies.
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