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Mission | Program Goals | Competencies


Mission Statement

 The Master of Public Health Program in Urban Health at Northeastern University seeks to provide society with knowledgeable and professionally educated racially and ethnically diverse individuals who promote and protect the health of urban communities through innovation in practice-oriented education, research and service.


Program Goals

 Education Goals:

  • educate students in program identified core public health competencies with an accredited curriculum
  • provide students with community-oriented education and practice opportunities that will prepare them to effectively address the multi-level public health risks faced by diverse urban population

Research Goals:

  • generate public health knowledge using interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches, emphasizing urban, community-engaged and translational research
  • provide urban opportunities for students to apply research and evaluation skills and complete experiences in inquiry (e.g. coursework, directed studies, faculty projects)

Service Goals:

  • participate in public health advocacy, policy, and practice at local, regional, national, and global levels
  • establish collaborations among Northeastern University, community organizations and the private sector with the intent of improving the health of diverse urban communities


The MPH Program in Urban Health has identified the following core public health and urban health competencies which guide all program activities:

General Public Health Competencies

Analytic/Assessment Skills

  • Assess the health status of populations and their related determinants of health and illness
  • Selects variables that measure public health conditions
  • Interprets qualitative and quantitative data
  • Utilizes data to address scientific, political, ethical, and social public health issues

Policy Development/Program Planning Skills

  • Articulates the implications of policy options

Communication Skills

  • Communicates in writing and orally, in person, and through electronic means, with linguistic and cultural proficiency
  • Applies communication strategies in interactions with individuals and groups

Public Health Sciences Skills

  • Describes the scientific foundation of the field of public health
  • Applies the basic public health sciences (including, but not limited to: biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, and social and behavioral health sciences) to public health policies and programs
  • Determines the limitations of research findings

Cultural Competency Skills

  • Explains the dynamic forces that contribute to cultural diversity

Urban Health Specific Competencies

Analytic/Assessment Skills

  • Describes the characteristics of an urban population-based health problem
  • References sources of urban public health data and information

Policy Development/Program Planning Skills

  • Articulates policy options to address urban health issues.

Communication Skills

  • Solicits input from individuals and organizations in urban environments
  • Presents demographic, statistical, programmatic, and scientific information for use by professional and lay audiences

Public Health Sciences Skills

  • Conducts a comprehensive review of the scientific evidence related to an urban public health issue, concern, or intervention
  • Retrieves scientific evidence related to urban public health from a variety of text and electronic sources

Cultural Competency Skills

  • Considers the role of cultural, social, and behavioral factors in the accessibility, availability, acceptability and delivery of urban public health services


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Contact Info

Shan Mohammed MD, MPH
312 Robinson Hall