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Core Competencies Tools


​​​​The Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies) are a consensus set of foundational or crosscutting knowledge and skills for the broad practice of public health. These competencies support workforce development within public health and can help public health organizations prepare for accreditation, meet training needs, and improve performance. Competencies can be integrated into public health practice to enhance workforce development planning, workforce training, and performance evaluation, among other activities. Tools to assist public health professionals and organizations with using the Core Competencies in their workforce development efforts are provided below.

Please Note: Resources and tools are being developed and updated using the 2021 version​ of the Core Competencies. As these tools are completed, they will be available below. Access to resources and tools for the 2014 version of the Core Competencies is still available​​.  
Understanding the 2021 Core Competencies 
Workforce Development Tools 

Development and collection of Core Competencies tools is guided by the Core Competencies Workgroup. Additional resources related to the Core Competencies can be found in the Resources & Tools section of this website. The Public Health Foundation also offers on-site technical assistance to support use of the Core Competencies.

For more information about any of these resources or to suggest new tools, please contact Kathleen Amos at

Core Competencies Tools