The Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies) represent a set of skills desirable for the broad practice of public health that professionals may want to possess as they work to protect and improve the nation's health. The Core Competencies offer a starting point for public health professionals in identifying professional development needs and developing training plans.
These Competency Assessments are based on the 2014 version of the Core Competencies
and can help you determine your level of knowledge and skill with respect to each of the eight domains
that comprise the Core Competencies. Assessments are self-scoring PDF forms, and a separate form is available for each of the three tiers
within the Core Competencies. These assessments were designed for use with Adobe Acrobat/Reader. Scoring and other functions may not operate properly in other PDF viewers. To use, download and save the appropriate form before entering your scores. Instructions for completing the assessment are provided within each form.
Front Line Staff/Entry Level - Tier 1 competencies apply to public health professionals who carry out the day-to-day tasks of public health organizations and are not in management positions. Responsibilities of these professionals may include data collection and analysis, fieldwork, program planning, outreach, communications, customer service, and program support.
Program Management/Supervisory Level - Tier 2 competencies apply to public health professionals in program management or supervisory roles. Responsibilities of these professionals may include developing, implementing, and evaluating programs; supervising staff; establishing and maintaining community partnerships; managing timelines and work plans; making policy recommendations; and providing technical expertise.
Senior Management/Executive Level - Tier 3 competencies apply to public health professionals at a senior management level and to leaders of public health organizations. These professionals typically have staff who report to them and may be responsible for overseeing major programs or operations of the organization, setting a strategy and vision for the organization, creating a culture of quality within the organization, and working with the community to improve health.
These Competency Assessments were originally developed by Janet Place, MPH, University of North Carolina (now at the University of South Carolina), and were adapted by the Public Health Foundation. They are provided by the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice
. Assessments may be modified as necessary to meet local needs. For questions or Word versions of the assessments, please contact Kathleen Amos at firstname.lastname@example.org