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Examples of Core Competencies Use
Public health organizations and professionals are using the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies) to better understand, assess, and meet their education, training, and other workforce development needs. To help organizations and individuals use the Core Competencies, the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice (Council on Linkages) collects examples of how the Core Competencies are being incorporated into workforce development activities. Examples of Core Competencies use are provided below.
The Council on Linkages welcomes examples illustrating use of the Core Competencies in all areas of public health. As you read through these examples, please consider what examples you have that can be shared with the broader community of Core Competencies users. Examples can be sent to
Discipline-Specific Competencies
Job Descriptions
  • Competency-Based Job Descriptions Collection – Integrating Core Competencies into job descriptions can help ensure the recruitment and retention of public health professionals whose skills are well-matched to the needs of positions. The Council on Linkages is building a collection of job descriptions that incorporate the Core Competencies. 


Learning Management Networks

  • TRAIN - TRAIN, the nation’s premier learning management network for professionals who protect the public’s health, provides access to on-site training and distance learning opportunities, many of which are competency-based. The Core Competencies are integrated into TRAIN, allowing learners to search for courses related to specific tiers, domains, or competencies within the Core Competencies and course providers and affiliates to provide competency-based workforce and professional development for public health professionals.
Professional Development
Workforce Development Plans
Have additional examples of how the Core Competencies are being used? Please send these to
Examples of Core Competencies Use