Competency Development
for General Public Health Professionals

The Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals are a set of skills desirable for the broad practice of public health. They reflect the characteristics that staff of public health organizations (collectively) may want to possess as they work to protect and promote health in the community. The Core Competencies are designed to serve as a starting point for academic and practice organizations to understand, assess, and meet training and workforce needs.

The Core Competencies can help:

Your professional roadmap

step 1Review the core public health competencies

step 2Assess your skills

Complete one of these self-assessment tools to assess your current public health skills.

step 3Search for learning opportunities


Last updated June 11, 2014