Core compentencies

Core compentencies.

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This unit’s Discussion will focus on discipline-specific and interdisciplinary/cross-cutting competencies that are essential in addressing a public health issue.

Visit “Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals” at the Public Health Foundation’s website (

Consider the following public health disciplines and interdisciplinary domains of skill:

  1. Public health disciplines
    1. Biostatistics
    2. Environmental health sciences
    3. Epidemiology
    4. Health policy and management
    5. Social and behavioral sciences
  2. Interdisciplinary/cross-cutting domains of skill
    1. Analytical/Assessment Skills
    2. Policy Development/Program Planning Skills
    3. Communication Skills
    4. Cultural Competency Skills
    5. Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
    6. Public Health Sciences Skills
    7. Financial Planning and Management Skills
    8. Leadership
    9. Systems thinking

What are the disciplines and skills that are essential for your area of interest and the health issue that you have been addressing in your previous assignments? Provide an example of each discipline and skill and discuss why each is essential. (choose core health policy and management + financial planning for the topic of prescription drug costs)

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Core compentencies