The DrPH program in Community Health and Prevention prepares candidates for leadership roles in education, research, and practice through theoretical and content study as well as practical experience. Upon graduation DrPH students in Community Health and Prevention are expected to attain five core competencies for understanding and solving public health problems. The core competencies for the DrPH program, shown below, integrate public health competencies developed by the Council on Linkages between Academia and Public Health Practice with the unique characteristics of the Department faculty and the practice community.
Understand the mission, goals, and strategies of community health and prevention;
Understand and assess community health status and needs;
Understand and assess individual and environmental determinants of health;
Design, implement, and evaluate public health programs and policies;
Translate findings into policy recommendations and advocate for change.