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Analytic/Assessment Skills
Defines a problem
Determines appropriate uses and limitations of both quantitative and qualitative data
Selects and defines variables relevant to defined public health problems
Identifies relevant and appropriate data and information sources
Evaluates the integrity and comparability of data and identifies gaps in data sources
Applies ethical principles to the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of data and information
Partners with communities to attach meaning to collected quantitative and qualitative data
Makes relevant inferences from quantitative and qualitative data
Obtains and interprets information regarding risks and benefits to the community
Applies data collection processes, information technology applications, and computer systems storage/retrieval strategies
Recognizes how the data illuminates ethical, political, scientific, economic, and overall public health issues
Policy Development/Program Planning Skills
Collects, summarizes, and interprets information relevant to an issue
States policy options and writes clear and concise policy statements
Identifies, interprets, and implements public health laws, regulations, and policies related to specific programs
Articulates the health, fiscal, administrative, legal, social, and political implications of each policy option
States the feasibility and expected outcomes of each policy option
Utilizes current techniques in decision analysis and health planning
Decides on the appropriate course of action
Develops a plan to implement policy, including goals, outcome and process objectives, and implementation steps
Translates policy into organizational plans, structures, and programs
Prepares and implements emergency response plans
Develops mechanisms to monitor and evaluate programs for their effectiveness and quality
Communication Skills
Communicates effectively both in writing and orally, or in other ways
Solicits input from individuals and organizations
Advocates for public health programs and resources
Leads and participates in groups to address specific issues
Uses the media, advanced technologies, and community networks to communicate information
Effectively presents accurate demographic, statistical, programmatic, and scientific information for professional and lay audiences
Listens to others in an unbiased manner, respects points of view of others, and promotes the expression of diverse opinions and perspectives
Cultural Competency Skills
Utilizes appropriate methods for interacting sensitively, effectively, and professionally with persons from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial, ethnic and professional backgrounds, and persons of all ages and lifestyle preferences
Identifies the role of cultural, social, and behavioral factors in determining the delivery of public health services
Develops and adapts approaches to problems that take into account cultural differences
Understands the dynamic forces contributing to cultural diversity
Understands the importance of a diverse public health workforce
Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
Establishes and maintains linkages with key stakeholders
Utilizes leadership, team building, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills to build community partnerships
Collaborates with community partners to promote the health of the population
Idenitifies how public and private organizations operate within a community
Accomplishes effective community engagements
Identifies community assets and available resources
Develops, implements, and evaluates a community public health assessment
Describes the role of government in the delivery of community health services
Basic Public Health Sciences Skills
Identifies the individual's and organization's responsibilities within the context of the Essential Public Health Services and core functions
Defines, assesses, and understands the health status of populations, determinants of health and illness, factors contributing to health promotion and disease prevention, and factors influencing the use of health services
Understands the historical development, structure, and interaction of public health and health care systems
Identifies and applies basic research methods used in public health
Applies the basic public health sciences including behavioral and social sciences, biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental public health, and prevention of chronic and infectious diseases and injuries
Identifies and retrieves current relevant scientific evidence
Identifies the limitations of research and the importance of observations and interrelationships
Develops a lifelong commitment to rigorous critical thinking
Financial Planning and Management Skills
Develops and presents a budget
Manages programs within budget constraints
Applies budget processes
Develops strategies for determining budget priorities
Monitors program performance
Prepares proposals for funding from external sources
Applies basic human relations skills to the management of organizations, motivation of personnel, and resolution of conflicts
Manages information systems for collection, retrieval, and use of data for decision-making
Negotiates and develops contracts and other documents for the provision of population-based services
Conducts cost-effectiveness, cost-benefit, and cost-utility analyses
Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills
Creates a culture of ethical standards within organizations and communities
Helps create key values and shared vision and uses these principles to guide action
Identifies internal and external issues that may impact delivery of essential public health services (i.e., strategic planning)
Facilitates collaboration with internal and external groups to ensure participation of key stakeholders
Promotes team and organizational learning
Contributes to development, implementation, and monitoring of organizational performance standards
Uses the legal and political system to effect change
Applies theory of organizational structures to professional practice

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