Our Core Competencies
EMPHNET defines core competencies as the essential knowledge, skills and attitudes that are necessary to the practice of public health. These competencies are essential for effective planning and management of public health programs. They are also necessary for defining general approaches within a context that brings value and high quality public health standards. Our core competencies don’t stand alone. They blend within the context of our values.
Commitment to field epidemiology training programs: These programs allow countries to strengthen their assessment and analysis capabilities by concentrating on the importance of information in bringing about change and in delivering evidence to the decision-making and policy and program development.
Informed public health practice: Knowledge of the health status of populations and its various health determinants is crucial to the practice of public health. Therefore, public health practitioners of a country should demonstrate competent knowledge about disease profile, health systems, health equity, disease prevention, health promotion, and determinants or factors that influence health. Public health practitioners should be proficient in applying public health concepts and theories to practice.
Effective policy making and program planning and evaluation: Informed policy making and program planning and evaluation are crucial competencies for delivering effective public health practice. This includes management of disease outbreak, designing programs to address public health problems, and implementing appropriate actions and practice guidelines. Competent skills in planning implementing and evaluating policies and programs related to various public health issues and concerns is crucial for creating robust public health systems.
Partnership and collaboration: Partnership and collaboration are two important components for enhancing performance through shared resources and knowledge. Efficient collaboration in addressing public health issues is essential for influencing the health of populations. Skilled advocacy and team building skills are important factors for facilitating partnership and collaboration.