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Mission, Goal, Objectives, & Competencies


The mission of the Eastern Kentucky University Master of Public Health Program is to prepare competent public health practitioners who are able, through creative and critical thinking and effective communication skills, to enhance the health status and quality of life in local, state, regional, and global communities.  

Program Goal

The EKU MPH Program prepares professionals for broad-based practice in public health, grounded in foundational public health knowledge and foundational competencies with specialized knowledge and expertise in a selected public health discipline.

Educational Program Objectives

Students who complete the MPH degree will be able to:

1.  Contribute to the public health profession through sound professional public health attitudes, values, concepts and ethical practices.

2.  Recognize and facilitate diversity of thought, culture, gender and ethnicity through inclusiveness, communication, and collaboration.

3.  Participate in professional development, scholarship, service, and interdisciplinary educational activities that contribute to public health.

4.  Integrate and apply knowledge and skills (competencies) within the traditional core public health areas of knowledge (behavioral sciences, biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health science, and public health administration) as well as crosscutting and emerging public health areas.

5.  Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills necessary for specialized roles within public health specific to community health or environmental health.

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