Degree Competencies
BS competencies by program
BS in Athletic Training Upon satisfactory completion of the degree students will be able to:
  • Understand the methods by which public health identifies potential causes of population health status, and identifies potential targets for intervention;
  • Describe the fundamental roles of public health and how those roles are operationalized in public health organization, funding, workforce, and regulations;
  • Demonstrate acquisition of knowledge in the management of injuries, illnesses, and other conditions in physically active individuals;
  • Demonstrate application of skills in the management of injuries, illnesses, and other conditions in physically active individuals;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of strategies to prevent and minimize injuries, illnesses, and other conditions to optimize overall health; and
  • Utilize concepts of evidence-based practice in the field of athletic training.
BS in Kinesiology Upon satisfactory completion of the degree students will be able to:
  • Understand the methods by which public health identifies potential causes of population health status, and identifies potential targets for intervention;
  • Describe the fundamental roles of public health and how those roles are operationalized in public health organization, funding, workforce, and regulations;
  • Describe the role of physical activity in health and wellness;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of scientific concepts related to physical activity;
  • Apply scientific concepts towards assessing, promoting, or enhancing physical health, fitness, or performance; and
  • Demonstrate skill in communication.
BS in Human Development and Family Sciences Upon satisfactory completion of the degree students will be able to:
  • Understand the methods by which public health identifies potential causes of population health status, and identifies potential targets for intervention;
  • Describe the fundamental roles of public health and how those roles are operationalized in public health organization, funding, workforce, and regulations;
  • Translate and apply relevant theory and research to practice with individuals, families, and communities
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ecological contexts in which individuals and families develop.
  • Demonstrate a value for diversity in practice with individuals, families and communities; and
  • Critically evaluate public policy with relevance to individual and family wellbeing.
BS in Nutrition Upon satisfactory completion of the degree students will be able to:
  • Understand the methods by which public health identifies potential causes of population health status, and identifies potential targets for interventions;
  • Describe the fundamental roles of public health and how those roles are operationalized in public health organization, funding, workforce, and regulations;
  • Locate, interpret, evaluate and use evidence based literature in critical thinking activities;
  • Use current information technologies;
  • Demonstrate effective and professional oral and written communication; and
  • Identify food sources for obtaining adequate nutrients across the life span.
BS in Public Health Upon satisfactory completion of the degree students will be able to:
  • Understand the methods by which public health identifies potential causes of population health status, and identifies potential targets for intervention;
  • Describe the fundamental roles of public health and how those roles are operationalized in public health organization, funding, workforce, and regulations;
  • Demonstrate the importance of public health data in understanding health and disease in populations;
  • Explain the foundations of public health;
  • Identify environmental health hazards and their potential effects on human health;
  • Describe how behavioral factors contribute to specific individual and community outcomes; and
  • Differentiate the relationship between local, state, and federal public health systems and their roles in the US public health system.
In addition to the BS in Public Health competencies, each option has additional competencies
BS in Public Health – Health Management and Policy Option Upon satisfactory completion of the degree students will be able to:
  • Identify the main components and issues of the organization, financing, and delivery of health services in the U.S.; and
  • Apply the appropriate principles and metrics to address performance issues within and between healthcare organizations.
BS in Public Health –
Health Promotion and Health Behavior Option
Upon satisfactory completion of the degree students will be able to:
  • Evaluate the sociocultural determinants of health behavior across the lifespan in diverse populations; and
  • Participate in the planning and implementation of messages and programs to promote health
MPH Core and Track Competencies
Masters of Public Health (MPH) Core Competencies Upon satisfactory completion of the degree students will be able to:
  • Apply evidence-based knowledge of health determinants to public health issues;
  • Select and employ appropriate methods of design, analysis, and synthesis to address population-based health problems;
  • Integrate understanding of the interrelationship among the organization, delivery, and financing of health-related services;
  • Communicate public health principles and concepts through various strategies across multiple sectors of the community;
  • Employ ethical principles and behaviors;
  • Enact cultural competence and promote diversity in public health research and practice; and
  • Apply public health knowledge and skills in practical settings.
MPH Track Competencies
MPH in Biostatistics Upon satisfactory completion of the degree students will be able to:
  • Describe the roles biostatistics serves in the discipline of public health;
  • Describe basic concepts of probability, random variation and commonly used statistical probability distributions;
  • Describe preferred methodological alternatives to commonly used statistical methods when assumptions are not met;
  • Distinguish among the different measurement scales and the implications for selection of statistical methods to be used based on these distinctions;
  • Apply descriptive and graphical techniques commonly used to summarize public health data;
  • Apply common statistical methods for inference;
  • Apply descriptive and basic inferential methodologies according to the type of study design for answering a particular research question;
  • Interpret results of statistical analyses found in public health studies; and
  • Develop written and oral presentations based on statistical analyses for both public health professionals and educated lay audiences.
MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health Upon satisfactory completion of the degree students will be able to:
  • Identify and assess the major environmental and occupational health hazards that impact workers and the general population;
  • Communicate appropriate strategies for preventing and controlling environmental and occupational health hazards;
  • Conduct environmental and occupational health applied research;
  • Analyze the relationship between organizations that guide, regulate, and finance environmental and occupational health practices;
  • Apply environmental and occupational health knowledge and skills in practical settings; and
  • Adhere to established practices and occupational health professional practices and ethical standards.
 MPH in Epidemiology Upon satisfactory completion of the degree students will be able to:
  • Recognize public health problems pertinent to the population and identify key related sources of data;
  • Understand, calculate and apply the basic terms, measures, and methods used in epidemiology;
  • Apply principles of good ethical/legal practice and cultural competency as they relate to study design and data collection;
  • Draw appropriate inferences from epidemiological data including strengths and limitations of reports;
  • Apply epidemiologic skills in the formulation or application of public health programs or policies; and
  • Assist in communicating findings and developing recommended evidence-based interventions and control measures in response to epidemiologic findings.
MPH in Global Health Upon satisfactory completion of the degree students will be able to:
  • Design and manage health development programs considering health, social, political, cultural, and environmental factors;
  • Work in, and adapt to, any global context for health development;
  • Integrate global, political, economic, and cultural systems knowledge into health development;
  • Manage health development programs in global settings;
  • Develop a disciplinary subspecialty to be applied to international health;
  • Identify culturally sensitive and socio-economically appropriate strategies in health development; and
  • Design and manage health development programs in accordance to universally and locally acceptable ethical standard.
MPH in Health Management & Policy Upon satisfactory completion of the degree students will be able to:
  • Conceptualize, analyze and resolve problems related to health services delivery and finance;
  • Identify and apply economic financial, legal, organizational, political and ethical theories and frameworks;
  • Employ appropriate qualitative and quantitative techniques to manage human, fiscal, technological, information, physical, and other resources;
  • Establish and manage systems and processes to assess organizational performance for continuous improvement of quality, safety and effectiveness;
  • Act ethically and professionally, and be responsive to community variations in cultures and socio-demographics;
  • Lead in all levels of public and private health service organizations;
  • Communicate, solve problems and make decisions related to health policy and management in the public and private sectors; and
  • Integrate theory and practice to plan, implement, and evaluate strategies and policies in health services programs, systems and organizations.
MPH in Health Promotion & Health Behavior Upon satisfactory completion of the degree students will be able to:
  • Apply theory in the development, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion interventions programs, and policies;
  • Develop interventions and programs to effect change at multiple levels, including individual, community, organizations, and policy;
  • Design and implement strategies to promote health;
  • Solicit and integrate input from community and organization stakeholders;
  • Design and deliver health communication messages;
  • Evaluate and interpret results from program evaluations and other research;
  • Define research problems, frame research questions, design research procedures, and outline methods of analysis;
  • Apply ethical principles that govern the practice of Public Health;
  • Enact cultural competency in diverse social and cultural communities; and
  • Develop a substantive area of emphasis.
MS competencies by program
MS in Kinesiology Upon satisfactory completion of the degree students will be able to:
  • Understand and recognize how human sciences, social and behavioral factors and the environment influence public health;
  • Understand the fundamental epidemiological methods used in public health practice and research;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of key principles in their field of study;
  • Comprehend and critically evaluate research; and
  • Conduct, interpret and communicate a thesis or project in accordance with acceptable ethical standards.
MS in Kinesiology – Physical Education Teacher Education Upon satisfactory completion of the degree students will be able to:
  • Understand and recognize how human sciences, social and behavioral factors and the environment influence public health;
  • Apply discipline-specific scientific and theoretical concepts critical to the development of physically educated individuals;
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate learning experiences aligned to local, state, and national standards and use assessment with reflection to foster student learning;
  • Use effective communications and pedagogical skills and strategies to enhance student engagement and learning; and
  • Demonstrate behaviors and attitudes that are essential to becoming effective professionals
MS in Human Development & Family Studies Upon satisfactory completion of the degree students will be able to:
  • Understand and recognize how human sciences, social and behavioral factors and the environment influence public health;
  • Understand the fundamental epidemiological methods used in public health practice and research;
  • Summarize central issues and current research trends in the field;
  • Understand and use research methods appropriately to explore the current issues in the field;
  • Synthesize the major theories and beliefs that guide current thinking in their field through oral and written communication; and
  • Complete and defend an original manuscript based on original research.
MS in Nutrition Upon satisfactory completion of the degree students will be able to:
  • Understand and recognize how human sciences, social and behavioral factors and the environment influence public health;
  • Understand the fundamental epidemiological methods used in public health practice and research;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major issues and current research problems in their field of study;
  • Design and carry out original research in their field of study;
  • Communicate their original research orally and in written form; and
  • Identify ethical issues in biomedical research.
PhD competencies by program
PhD in Kinesiology Upon satisfactory completion of the degree students will be able to:
  • Understand and recognize how human sciences, social and behavioral factors and the environment influence public health;
  • Understand the fundamental epidemiological methods used in public health practice and research;
  • Synthesize and communicate knowledge in their field of study;
  • Identify central issues, problems and research priorities in their field of study;
  • Design, conduct, interpret and communicate original research; and
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior related to responsible conduct of research.
PhD in Global Health Upon satisfactory completion of the degree students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of and ability to apply critical theories and conceptual models in the field of global health.
  • Conceptualize global health challenges in terms of their multidisciplinary nature and ethical and ideological underpinnings to include cultural, social, economic, environmental, behavioral and political systems.
  • Design and conduct research to examine the effectiveness of interventions and systems in global health and translate findings into global health practice.
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to contribute to the establishment and maintenance of a community of scholars and stakeholders who are collegial and respectful and who uphold standards of professional integrity in interactions with each other and the community at large.
PhD in Human Development & Family Studies Upon satisfactory completion of the degree students will be able to:
  • Understand and recognize how human sciences, social and behavioral factors and the environment influence public health;
  • Understand the fundamental epidemiological methods used in public health practice and research;
  • Synthesize the central issues and current research trends in the field;
  • Understand and apply research methods appropriately to explore the current issues in the field;
  • Synthesize the major theories and beliefs that guide current thinking in the field through oral and written communication; and
  • Design, carry out and present an original work of research that contributes to their discipline.
PhD in Nutrition Upon satisfactory completion of the degree students will be able to:
  • Understand and recognize how human sciences, social and behavioral factors and the environment influence public health;
  • Understand the fundamental epidemiological methods used in public health practice and research;
  • Summarize and communicate major issues and current research problems in their field of study;
  • Design and carry out original research in the field of nutrition;
  • Communicate their original research orally and in written form; and
  • Identify ethical issues in biomedical research and articulate remedies for dealing with these issues.
PhD in Public Health – Environmental and Occupational Health Upon satisfactory completion of the degree students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of and ability to apply theories and conceptual models that guide decision-making and use of best practices in environmental and occupational health;
  • Design and conduct research intended to better understand the causes and effects of environmental and occupational health hazards on public and private sector organizations;
  • Conceptualize environmental and occupational health problems in terms of their multi-disciplinary nature to include ethical, cultural, social, economic, behavioral, and legal factors; and
  • Apply professional skills that uphold standards of scientific integrity.
PhD in Public Health – Health Policy Upon satisfactory completion of the degree students will be able to:
  • Analyze the development and implementation of health policy;
  • Evaluate the issues, research literature, conceptual frameworks and research tools in a specific area of public health policy;
  • Design and conduct research project from the initial conception of an idea, to study design, data collection, application of appropriate analytic methods, interpretation of results, publication of findings and translation into programs and policies;
  • Interpret scientific findings through written and oral communication methods to technical and lay audiences; and
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to contribute to the establishment and maintenance of a community of scholars who uphold standards of professional integrity in interactions with each other and the community at large.
PhD in Public Health – Health Promotion & Health Behavior Upon satisfactory completion of the degree students will be able to:
  • Conceptualize public health problems at multiple levels and within diverse cultural, social, behavioral, economic, environmental, policy, and other contexts;
  • Use social and behavioral science theories and models to guide understanding of the determinants of health and health-related behaviors and development of effective social and behavioral interventions;
  • Use social and behavioral research methods to improve understanding of health and health-related behaviors and test the effectiveness and efficacy of social and behavioral interventions; and
  • Use social and behavioral science theory and methods to effectively communicate and promote translation of research findings into public health practice.