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MD/MPH Program

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Learning Objectives MD/MPH Program

Upon completion of the MPH component of the MD/MPH dual degree program, students will be able to:

  • Explain and apply an understanding of the socioeconomic, behavioral, biological, and societal determinants of health and disease.
  • Understand the factors affecting the etiology, incidence, and prevalence of major health problems in populations
  • Explain the sociocultural and health sector responses to health conditions in society
  • Understand the factors affecting the need, demand, and use of health care and public health services
  • Explain and apply an understanding of the economic, social, technological, political, and regulatory factors shaping the financing and organization of health services
  • Explain how the availability, financing, and organization of health services affects access, costs, quality, and outcomes
  • Explain the context, structure, functioning, and effectiveness of public health systems and other programs aimed at protecting and promoting the health of the public
  • Explain and apply an understanding of the economic, social, and political factors that influence health policy
  • Understand the importance of and be able to balance science and values in the development and advocacy of policy positions
  • Plan, implement, manage, evaluate, and continuously improve health programs and services
  • Collaborate with the community in assessing health problems, designing and implementing programs to address these problems, and mobilizing action
  • Describe and be able to apply principles and strategies for improving access to and delivery of health services and for addressing community health problems, drawing on health sector and non-health sector resources
  • Describe and be able to apply strategies for health promotion at the individual and community levels
  • Design and conduct evaluation studies of the effectiveness, efficiency, and outcomes of programs, interventions, and policies aimed at improving the health of individuals, populations, and/or communities
  • Critically read and apply quantitative and qualitative research findings contained in medical, public health, and social science journals
  • Describe and be able to apply epidemiological principles and techniques to the measurement of health and disease
  • Evaluate the validity and weaknesses of data, information, and study designs
  • Describe and be able to apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods in the design and conduct of scholarly studies to answer meaningful questions
  • Develop the competence to work in and with diverse cultures and communities
  • Develop change agent and leadership skills
  • Demonstrate strong analytic and problem-solving skills; and
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing.
Learning Objectives

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