The competencies expected of students completing the Public Health major are to be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the areas of knowledge basic to public health;
- explain the basic values and beliefs of public health practice;
- demonstrate an understanding of public health's focus on populations rather than individual behavior;
- explain public health's focus on prevention of disease rather than treatment of disease;
- identify, assess and monitor public health problems;
- apply the basic methodology in research design, data collection, and data analysis for identification of health trends and public health problems;
- discuss the general differences between communicable and non-communicable diseases with regard to prevention and intervention;
- analyze evidence-based and innovative best practices of healthy behaviors to appropriate audiences;
- evaluate the effectiveness of clinical and community-based public health interventions;
- design, implement and evaluate educational programs for identified public health problems for at risk populations; and
- demonstrate an understanding of an agency's public health function.
See College Catalogue for Courses and Programs of Study plus more information.