The departmental curriculum encompasses carefully crafted competencies- as outlined below - achieved through the Department’s course work, practica , and finally, through capstone papers  in which students present their integrated public health learning. Students are also required to complete web-based Technical Issues Modules, which permit professors to use class time to discuss their topics in greater depth.
MPH graduates of the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health are able to:
- Discuss and defend the ethics and principles surrounding action-oriented community-based research, and articulate how both factor into the practice of service delivery with sustainable, measurable, effective outcomes;
- Demonstrate substantive expertise in at least one major public health topic in their selected track, as well as knowledge of current directions in programmatic and policy responses;
- Design and conduct methodologically sound, evidence-based research that informs programs and policies in the primary substantive areas;
- Design and implement viable and culturally appropriate programs using logic models in at least one of the primary substantive areas; and
- Demonstrate competence in the professional skills necessary to move quickly into leadership positions within the types of organizations that deliver public health services.
All graduates of the Department will also achieve the competencies associated with their specific tracks as well a set of School-wide MPH competencies .