The BPH program has four overall student learning outcomes.  In order to demonstrate achievement of these outcomes, the BPH program faculty have developed competencies which students demonstrate through coursework and a culminating experience.

BPH Program Overall Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

Demonstrate knowledge of public health from an interdisciplinary perspective (SLO 1)


  • Explain the science concepts underlying the concepts of human health and disease and the basic approaches to health promotion and disease prevention
  • Identify the leading causes of mortality, morbidity, and health disparities among local, regional, and global populations.
  • Discuss the role of gender, race, ethnicity, and other evolving demographics in affecting public health.
  • Identify the basic sociological and psychological concepts, processes, approaches, and interventions that address the major health-related needs and concerns of individuals and communities.
  • Explain the influences that science and technology are having on individual and public health.
  • Assess the values and perspectives of diverse individuals, communities, and cultures and their influence on health behaviors, choices, and practices.
  • Recognize the impact of legal, ethical, economic, regulatory dimensions of health care and public health policy, and the roles influences, and responsibilities, of different agencies and branches of government.
  • Assess the fundamental characteristics and organizational structures of the U.S. Health system and to note significant differences in systems in other countries.
  • Discuss the role of community engagement in promoting public health and social justice.
  • Examine the fundamental right to health and health services.

Show competency in ethical issues, social responsibility, and problem solving using evidence-based concepts in core public health areas (SLO 2)


  • Describe risk factors and modes of transmission for infectious and chronic diseases and how these diseases affect both personal and public health.
  • Outline approaches for assessing and controlling environmental hazards that affect community health and address control methods for selected environmental hazards.
  • Describe how the methods of epidemiology and surveillance are used to safeguard the population’s health.
  • Identify the fundamental features of project management and evaluation, including basic management of resources (financial, human, and material), as well as quality improvement in public health efforts.
  • Outline individual and community preparedness considerations regarding health emergencies and public disasters.

Show competency in relationship-building and team dynamics to plan and promote public health and reduce health disparities (SLO 3)


  • Apply relationship-building values and the principles of team dynamics to perform effectively in different team roles to plan and deliver patient-/population-centered care that is safe, timely, efficient, effective, and equitable.
  • Work with individuals of other professionals to maintain a climate of mutual respected and shared values and appreciate the role of community collaborations in promotion public health. 
  • Communicate with families, communities, and other health professionals in a responsive and responsible manner that supports a team approach to the maintenance of health and treatment of disease.
  • Appreciate the multiple determinants of health, including sociological, economic, genetic, behavioral, environmental, and other factors that impact human health and health disparities.
  • Identify stakeholders who influence health programs and interventions.
  • Collaborate with others from diverse backgrounds in addressing health disparities and inequities.
  • Participate in the political process to improve health and health services.
  • Analyze ethical concerns and conflicts of interest that arise in the field of public health.
  • Advocate for evidence-based social changes that improve the health of individuals and communities.
  • Champion the role of prevention in promoting a healthy community.
  • Endorse lifestyle behaviors that promote individual and public health and well-being.
  • Value multicultural perspectives and sensitivities on health.

Apply theories and concepts to communicate the interconnectedness among the physical, social, and environmental aspects of population health (SLO 4)


  • Use scientific data, including tools of informatics, knowledge of one’s own role and those of other professions to appropriately assess the well-being of a community and address the healthcare needs of the populations served.
  • Discuss the interconnectedness among the physical, social, and environmental aspects of community health through the creation of systems-based diagrams regarding population flows for a particular disease in relation to the environment, different stakeholders, and the population’s overall health status.
  • Conduct literature searches and written papers on a health issues using a variety of academic and public resources to include references and related resources, regarding a current issue, related trends, and potential interventions for an assigned public health challenge.
  • Analyze alternative viewpoints regarding various health topics.
  • Assess the source and quality of health information and data, as related to individual and community health.
  • Apply basic concepts of public health specific communication, including technical and professional writing and the use of mass media and electronic technology.
  • Apply the basic concepts, methods, and tools of public health data collection, use, and analysis and explain why evidence-based approaches are an essential part of public health practice.