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Public Health Competency Sets

Resources for and links to public health competency sets.

Key Public Health Competency Sets

Council on Linkages Core Competencies
The Council on Linkages between Academia and Public Health Practice.

Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competency Model (PDF)
Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health

Public Health Preparedness Capabilities: National Standards for State and Local Planning (PDF)
CDC Office of Preparedness and Public Health Response

The Public Health Competency Handbook
Jane C. Nelson, PhD, MPH, Joyce D.K. Essien, MD, MBA, Richard Loudermilk, Daniel Cohen

Competency Sets for Public Health Sub-Groups


Public Health Epidemiology Competency Set
Developed by: Northwest Center for Public Health Practice

Environmental Health

Environmental Health Competencies (PDF)
National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Informatics Competencies for Public Health Professionals (PDF)
Public Health Professionals Working Group


Public Health Emergency Law Competency Model
Public Health Law Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Public Health Law Competency Model V. 1.0 (PDF)
Public Health Law Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Bioterrorism and Emergency Readiness Competencies (PDF)
Developed by: CDC funded project led by Kristine Gebbie, Columbia University

Emergency Preparedness and Response Competencies for Hospital Workers (PDF)
Center for Health Policy, Columbia University School of Nursing in collaboration with the Greater New York Hospital Association