The Harvard Chan DrPH curriculum is developed and approved by the DrPH Steering Committee and in accordance with the guidelines established by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
The Harvard Chan School has aligned the DrPH Curriculum with the 2021 CEPH criteria, which provides students with a baseline in foundational public health knowledge and DrPH Foundational Competencies. The 2o DrPH Foundational Competencies are designed to produce transformative academic and practice leaders with expertise in evidence-based public health practice and research. Click here for a downloadable version of the DrPH Foundational and DrPH Program-Specific Competencies or review below:
Public Health Foundational Knowledge Learning Objectives
Profession and Science of Public Health
1. Explain public health history, philosophy and values
2. Identify the core functions of public health and the 10 Essential Services
3. Explain the role of quantitative and qualitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population’s health
4. List major causes and trends of morbidity and mortality in the US or other community relevant to the school or program
5. Discuss the science of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention in population health, including health promotion, screening, etc.
6. Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge
Factors Related to Human Health
7. Explain effects of environmental factors on a population’s health
8. Explain biological and genetic factors that affect a population’s health
9. Explain behavioral and psychological factor that affect a population’s health
10. Explain the social, political, and economic determinants of health and how they contribute to population health and health inequities
11. Explain how globalization affects global burdens of disease
12. Explain an ecological perspective on the connections among human health, animal health and ecosystem health (eg, One Health)
DrPH Foundational Competencies
Data & Analysis
1. Explain qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods and policy analysis research and evaluation methods to address health issues at multiple (individual, group, organization, community and population) levels.
2. Design a qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, policy analysis or evaluation project to address a public health issue.
3. Explain the use and limitations of surveillance systems and national surveys in assessing, monitoring and evaluating policies and programs and to address a population’s health.
Leadership, Management & Governance
4. Propose strategies for health improvement and elimination of health inequities by organizing stakeholders, including researchers, practitioners, community leaders and other partners.
5. Communicate public health science to diverse stakeholders, including individuals at all levels of health literacy, for purposes of influencing behavior and policies.
6. Integrate knowledge, approaches, methods, values and potential contributions from multiple professions, sectors, and systems in addressing public health problems.
7. Create a strategic plan.
8. Facilitate shared decision making through negotiation and consensus-building methods.
9. Create organizational change strategies.
10. Propose strategies to promote inclusion and equity within public health programs, policies and systems.
11. Assess one’s own strengths and weaknesses in leadership capacities, including cultural proficiency.
12. Propose human, fiscal and other resources to achieve a strategic goal.
13. Cultivate new resources and revenue streams to achieve a strategic goal.
Policy & Programs
14. Design a system-level intervention to address a public health issue.
15. Integrate knowledge of cultural values and practices in the design of public health policies and programs.
16. Integrate scientific information, legal and regulatory approaches, ethical frameworks and varied stakeholder interests in policy development and analysis.
17. Propose interprofessional and/or intersectoral team approaches to improving public health.
Education & Workforce Development
18. Assess an audience’s knowledge and learning needs.
19. Deliver training or educational experiences that promote learning in academic, organizational or community settings.
20. Use best practice modalities in pedagogical practices
DrPH Program-Specific Competencies
|DrPH Program Domain||DrPH Program Competency||Description|
|Leadership||1. Practice of coaching in public health leadership||Integrate awareness of self as a leader and learner into peer and group coaching practice with attention to group and system dynamics.|
|2. Leveraging Teams||Devise capacity-building strategies to improve team effectiveness within and across organizations and sectors.|
|Innovation||3. Innovation and Entrepreneurship||Identify an unmet public health need, engage relevant stakeholders in developing a realistic solution for that need, and create a feasible action plan.|
|Management||4. Fiscal Management||Analyze the internal financial and management control information of a unit, organization, or system to make informed decisions regarding resource use.|
|Communication||5. Knowledge Translation and Communication||Incorporate visual communication tools to communicate public health science for enacting change.|