What are the core competencies of public health professionals in Canada?
The Public Health Agency of Canada "Core Competencies for Public Health in Canada, Release 1.0 informs on the required knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to practice public health in Canada. The 36 core competencies represent the foundation on which effective public health practice is built, and are organized into 7 categories: (1) Public Health Sciences; (2) Assessment and Analysis; (3) Policy and Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation; (4) Partnerships, Collaboration and Advocacy; (5) Diversity and Inclusiveness; (6) Communication; and (7) Leadership. Note that these core competencies form the basis of evaluation in our Master of Public Health programs (including programs with Thesis or specializations).
Please review the document carefully to learn about the core competencies for public health practice in Canada to understand what is expected of students and professionals in the field of public health: https://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/php-psp/ccph-cesp/pdfs/cc-manual-eng090407.pdf
The Master of Public Health Program at Lakehead University was established in 2002, the first such program in Canada. This practicum-based degree offers the option of completing a Specialization in Gerontology, Epidemiology, Indigenous and Northern Health, Social-Ecological Systems, Sustainability and Health, and Nursing that offers a sub-specialty with Nurse Practitioner electives. The Master of Public Health programs, with the exception of specific course requirements for the Master of Public Health with Specialization in Nursing with Nurse Practitioner Electives, may be completed through Distance Education on a Flexible full-time basis; those wishing to complete the Master of Public Health program on a full-time basis must apply to the on-campus program.
The Master of Public Health program is primarily intended
to build on the knowledge foundation of persons currently working in the field of public health. The curriculum focuses on current issues in the science and/or service of public health, so that students may gain experience through opportunities in any of the fundamental disciplines that underlie public health. The programs' objectives are to prepare a graduate who:
- possesses advanced public health-related education;
- is capable of critical analysis;
- understands health-related decision-making at the level of the individual, population, and government;
- understands research; and
- possesses knowledge exchange and dissemination strategies for various audiences.