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Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals: Tiers
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​The Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies) include three tiers, which describe different types of responsibilities within public health organizations. Competency statements within the Core Competencies apply across the public health workforce, and the tiers are used to organize subcompetencies, which articulate more detailed knowledge and skills for individuals with responsibilities related to each tier.

The three tiers are:
  • Tier 1: Front Line and Program Support Responsibilities. These may include responsibilities such as collecting and analyzing data, conducting restaurant inspections, assessing environmental hazards, providing health education, building community relationships, providing customer service, delivering services, coordinating meetings, organizing records, supporting programs, and providing technical expertise.
  • Tier 2: Program Management and Supervisory Responsibilities. These may include responsibilities such as developing, implementing, evaluating, and improving programs; supervising and mentoring staff; establishing and maintaining community partnerships; recruiting a diverse workforce; managing timelines, work plans, and budgets; advocating for program resources; making policy recommendations; and providing subject matter expertise.
  • Tier 3: Senior Management and Executive Leadership Responsibilities. These may include responsibilities such as overseeing major programs or operations of the organization, setting a strategy and vision for the organization, building an equitable and inclusive organization, creating a culture of quality within the organization, collaborating with policymakers and politicians, advocating for organizational resources, partnering with community leadership, and leading organizational efforts to achieve health equity and social and environmental justice.​
To learn more about or access the Core Competencies, please visit the Core Competencies webpage​ or contact Kathleen Amos at​.



 ​“The Core Competencies... are a roadmap for public health career development, performance assessment and improvement.”
Janet Place, MPH, Director of Workforce Development, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina 
Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals: Tiers