Public Health Practicum Goals, Objectives and Competencies Form
Practical Experience Site: Food Safety and Inspection- Inspecting work site dining facilities and food truck vendors
Section 1: Overview of your project
Briefly describe your project(s) including purpose and expected outcomes. (~200 words)
Section 2. Goals and Objectives (example attached)
List your goals for the Practical Experience. Goals should include what you want to achieve by the end of the Practical Experience (e.g. better collaboration among providers for dental services; greater participation by employees in worksite wellness initiatives, etc.). There should only be one goal for each project.
For each goal, list 1-3 objectives. Objectives should be measurable and may include specific deliverables that you will be working on as part of your Practical Experience. Include a date for the completion of each objective. Objectives should be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-focused, and (realistically) Time-bound. Objectives may include specific deliverables (e.g. products) that students will be working on as part of the practicum project. Students should describe tasks needed to complete the objective(s) and include the approximate completion date. Tasks must support each objective and the objectives must support the goal.
Section 2: Competencies
Instructions: List four (4) specific competencies (see next page for a list of competencies) that you expect to gain from your experience. You must choose at least two (2) Foundational Competencies and two (2) Program Competencies. Note: You and your preceptor will be asked to rate how well you were able to meet these competencies so they should be the competencies most relevant to your project(s). Be sure to list specific competencies and not just the general topic area.
1. Synthesize and incorporate scientific evidence into professional writing
2. Search databases and critically analyze peer reviewed literature
3. Develop strategies for qualitative and quantitative data management.
4. Evaluate the use of financial resources and management techniques by public health programs to achieve goals and sustainability.
5. Describe the use of technological applications in health interventions
MPH Foundational Competencies
Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health
1. Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
2. Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
3. Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate
4. Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice
Public Health & Health Care Systems
5. Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
6. Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels
Planning & Management to Promote Health
7. Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health
8. Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs
9. Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
10. Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
11. Select methods to evaluate public health programs
Policy in Public Health
12. Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence
13. Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
14. Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
15. Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity
16. Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
17. Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges Communication
18. Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
19. Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
20. Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content Interprofessional Practice
21. Perform effectively on interprofessional^ teams
22. Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue