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Crosswalk of the 2014 and 2010 Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals

Overview

This crosswalk of the 2014 and 2010 versions of the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies) illustrates the relationships between specific competencies within these two versions. It contains three competency maps – one for each of the three tiers comprising the Core Competencies – and can be used by public health professionals and organizations to help transition workforce development efforts that have been relying on the 2010 Core Competencies to the 2014 version.
 

The 2014 version of the Core Competencies simplifies and clarifies the wording of competencies; combines, splits, and reorders competencies within domains to group similar concepts and ensure a logical progression of skills; and adds and expands concepts of increasing importance in a time of health reform and national health department accreditation. Due to these changes:

  • Individual competencies in the 2014 version may map to multiple competencies in the 2010 version. This typically occurred when narrow concepts were combined into a broader concept or when competencies were found to be duplicative.
  • Multiple competencies in the 2014 version may map to a single competency in the 2010 version. This typically occurred when a broad concept was broken down into its component parts.
  • A competency in the 2014 version may have no equivalent competency in the 2010 version. This occurred when new competencies were added in response to feedback from the public health community or to round out concepts not adequately covered in the 2010 version.
 
When using this crosswalk to compare competency assessments based on the 2014 and 2010 versions of the Core Competencies, caution should be used. Competencies in the 2014 version do not always directly align with competencies in the 2010 version, and the new concepts added may lead to increased expectations of competence. Therefore, scores for individual competencies and each of the eight domains may not be entirely comparable between assessments taken using the 2014 and 2010 versions of the Core Competencies. 
 
The crosswalk of the 2014 and 2010 versions of the Core Competencies is available in Excel format. For more information, please contact Kathleen Amos at kamos@phf.org.

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