The Core Competencies are the result of more than 20 years of work by the Council on Linkages and other public health practice and academic organizations, beginning with development of the Universal Competencies by the Public Health Faculty/Agency Forum
in 1991. The original version of the Core Competencies was released in 2001, and the Council on Linkages unanimously adopted revisions to the Core Competencies in May 2010 and again in June 2014. The Core Competencies are regularly reviewed and revised by the Council on Linkages’ Core Competencies Workgroup
to ensure these competencies continue to reflect the skills needed for protecting the nation’s health. The 2014 version of the Core Competencies is the current version. Download a free copy of this latest version, and visit the Core Competencies review and revision process webpage to learn more about its development.
The Core Competencies are organized into eight domains
, reflecting skill areas within public health, and three tiers
, representing career stages for public health professionals. These competencies support public health workforce development and can serve as a starting point for public health practice and academic organizations as they create workforce development plans, identify training and workforce needs, prepare for accreditation, and more.