The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing and Health Professions

Programs Goals and Competencies

Program Goals

Program Goal I – Education

To educate individuals for professional careers in public health by offering a high-quality educational program focused on identified core competencies in public health using innovative and effective pedagogy (e.g. Ignatian Pedagogy), taught by well-qualified faculty and practicing professionals, while incorporating faculty, student, and community feedback for continuous improvement.

Program Goal II – Discovery

To enhance public health knowledge in the local, national, and global public health communities through evidence-based public health practice.

Program Goal III – Service

To provide faculty leadership and expertise in forms of managerial and programmatic support that enhances student learning through active service to local, national, and global public health communities.

Program Goal IV – Workforce Development

To provide the pedagogy to prepare public health professionals who implement socially just strategies to identify, prevent, and solve community health problems with a focus on the needs of vulnerable populations.


Upon completion of the MPH program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Assess, monitor, and review the health status of populations and their related determinants of health and illness.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to utilize the proper statistical and epidemiologic tools to assess community needs and program outcomes.
  3. Identify and prioritize the key dimensions of a public health problem by critically assessing public health literature utilizing both quantitative and qualitative sources.
  4. Specify approaches for assessing, preventing, and controlling environmental hazards that pose risks to human health and safety.
  5. Apply theoretical constructs of social change, health behavior and social justice in planning community interventions.
  6. Articulate the relationship between health care delivery and financing, public health systems, and public policy.
  7. Apply evidence-based principles to the process of program planning, development, budgeting, management, and evaluation in public health organizations and initiatives.
  8. Demonstrate leadership abilities as collaborators and coordinators of evidence based public health projects.
  9. Identify and apply ethical, moral, and legal principles in all aspects of public health practice.
  10. Develop public health programs and strategies responsive to the diverse cultural values and traditions of the communities being served.
  11. Effectively communicate public health messages to a variety of audiences from professionals to the general public.
  12. Advance the mission and core values of the University of San Francisco.