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Program Goals & Outcomes

Core Competencies

Upon graduation, students in our Health Policy and Management program will be able to:

  1. Identify the main components and issues of the organization, financing and delivery of health services and public health systems in the US.

  2. Describe the legal and ethical bases for public health and health services.

  3. Explain methods of ensuring community health safety and preparedness.

  4. Discuss the policy process for improving the health status of populations.

  5. Apply the principles of program planning, development, budgeting, management and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives.

  6. Apply principles of strategic planning and marketing to public health.

  7. Apply quality and performance improvement concepts to address organizational performance issues.

  8. Apply "systems thinking" for resolving organizational problems.

  9. Communicate health policy and management issues using appropriate channels and technologies.

  10. Demonstrate leadership skills for building partnerships.

Interdisciplinary Competencies

Our students will also be able to:

  • collect, manage and organize data to produce information and meaning that is exchanged by use of signs and symbols; to gather, process, and present information to different audiences in-person, through information technologies, or through media channels; and to strategically design the information and knowledge exchange process to achieve specific objectives (Communication and Informatics).

  • interact with both diverse individuals and communities to produce or impact an intended public health outcome (Diversity and Culture).

  • create and communicate a shared vision for a changing future; champion solutions to organizational and community challenges; and energize commitment to goals. (Leadership)

  • demonstrate ethical choices, values and professional practices implicit in public health decisions; consider the effect of choices on community stewardship, equity, social justice and accountability; and to commit to personal and institutional development. (Professionalism).

  • plan for the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of strategies to improve individual and community health (Program Planning).

  • recognize system level properties that result from dynamic interactions among human and social systems and how they affect the relationships among individuals, groups, organizations, communities, and environments (Systems Thinking).