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Competency Assessments for Public Health Professionals


​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.
Competency Assessments

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.

Competency assessments based on the 2010 version of the Core Competencies also remain available:
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


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Tywanna Brantley





A bit vague

Ashley Thomas


Having insight on how impact assessments are used internationally as well as in the U.S. was welcomed.

Elizabeth Smith


Good information that every healthcare worker should know and practice.



Still a little confusing.

Carol Magee


This training was very thorough and informative.

Tywana Graham


This information was very helpful

Carol Magee


Very Good Information Presented

Donna Russell


Lots of good information. It made me think.



thank you

Douglas Taren


The Western Region PHTC has developed an online tool for self assessments of public health competencies very similar to this paper format. It is derived from the work down by UNC and Kentucky. It is directly linked to the PHF domains, provides a score for each domain and summarizes the scores for a health department / agency. We also have a set of questions with the same domains for non-professionals working with health departments. The online version is customized for each health department if they want aggregated information by division, office etc. It is used to create education plans for employees and for strategic planning for health departments as they move toward accreditation.



Good course!

bernadette c. apita


Would you allow me to use this tool to assess the competencies in my unit? if so, please advise through my email address. would wait for your prompt reply. thank you so much!



lot of good info



Flow of ideas and teaching points plain and simple..

Katherine Jones Debay


This year, Loma Linda University School of Public Health, Global Health MPH program piloted a pre- and post-test using the Tier 1 Competency Assessment. While designed for the US, the competencies are practical and equally applicable to working in a global context. Of course, our new students were blown away by the assessment when they first entered, since so many of the terms were completely alien. We have just completed a year-long course in interventions in community health, which required developing many of the competencies in Tier 1 while working in a community based service learning project. It was gratifying for the instructors as well as the students to see that they self-assessed at mostly a 3, but often a 4 level. For those who self assessed some areas as 2, they know where to focus in their 2nd year. We compared this tool with the ASPPH competencies and their Global Health competencies, and found the Linkages competencies more relevant and practical than either of those. Thank you!

Dunel Fry


Good information



Absolutely the biggest waste of time. Ridiculously long.



The course was excellent, I gain a lot of information that i was able to share with my co- workers.

Priscilla Rencher-Faulkner


An excellent review



This is a very helpful tool



I have been given the knowledge of alot of things, that will take hands on for me, in order for me to really get the true understanding and accomplishment to all of the courses in which i've completed. The courses were excellent.

Liliana Argueta


I did this kind of survey trying to go with the quick first answer that came to my mind. I see the results reflected the kind of worker I am; hands on, culturally aware of other groups; and not too much into the technology side of Public Heath. This was an honest assessment on what I need to learn to continue serving the public.

Julie Oppelt


Very Good. I knew a lot more than I thought I did.

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Ben Markin


Better details and good to be used by others

johnny gilbreath


Good course with good information

Claudia Nichoals


Ida D Cuthbertson


I am a volunteer. I assume I am in Category 1.

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