Competencies

Levels of Competency

  • Awareness
    What an individual knows
    These attributes represent a basic level of knowledge and understanding. When training is complete, the individual should be able to describe, explain, identify, or recognize public health concepts, all of which provide a framework for performance level competencies.
  • Performance
    What an individual can do
    These attributes reflect a higher level of skill or ability. When training is complete, the individual should be able to demonstrate, develop, generate, implement or initiate to effectively contribute to the solution of public health problems, some of which may require field training.


LPHI Competency Report (PDF)

Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competency Model

– released by ASPH 12/17/2010 –
Supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) has built upon existing work to provide a national framework for competency-based curricula and training and for performance benchmarks to measure public health preparedness and response. The finished model — the Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competency Model Version 1.0 (PDF) — fulfills a mandate in the 2006 Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act to develop “a competency-based training program to train public health practitioners.” It represents individual, core competencies that mid-level public health workers, regardless of their employment setting, are expected to demonstrate to assure readiness.

[1] Parry, S.R. “Quest for Competencies.” Training, July 1996, p. 50.