Professional graduate schools, which train professionals who are required to have a high level of expertise, need to develop practical skills as well as in-depth academic abilities.

In particular, DrPH education, which enables students to supervise and lead public health activities, requires the development of managers who have both advanced practical skills and leadership. It is important for both learners and educators to clearly define the abilities and qualities (competencies) appropriate for the profession. It is also important for the society that accepts graduates to know what kind of competencies they possess. Education that fosters competency, not just the acquisition of knowledge and skills, has been introduced into public health professional education around the world. Education in accordance with international standards is essential for the importance of practical learning and an international perspective, which is enshrined in the founding spirit of Teikyo University.

In order to develop the competencies required of public health professionals, our Graduate School of Public Health began full-scale competency-based education in 2014. After several revisions, the following competencies are now included in the education of DrPH graduates.

Data & Analysis

1. Explain qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods and policy analysis research and evaluation methods to address health issues at multiple (individual, group, organization, community and population) levels
2. Design a qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, policy analysis or evaluation project to address a public health issue
3. Explain the use and limitations of surveillance systems and national surveys in assessing, monitoring and evaluating policies and programs and to address a population’s Health Leadership, Management & Governance
4. Propose strategies for health improvement and elimination of health inequities by organizing stakeholders, including researchers, practitioners, community leaders and other partners
5. Communicate public health science to diverse stakeholders, including individuals at all levels of health literacy, for purposes of influencing behavior and policies
6. Integrate knowledge, approaches, methods, values and potential contributions from multiple professions and systems in addressing public health problems
7. Create a strategic plan
8. Facilitate shared decision making through negotiation and consensus-building methods
9. Create organizational change strategies
10. Propose strategies to promote inclusion and equity within public health programs, policies and systems
11. Assess one’s own strengths and weaknesses in leadership capacities including cultural proficiency
12. Propose human, fiscal and other resources to achieve a strategic goal
13. Cultivate new resources and revenue streams to achieve a strategic goal

Policy & Programs
14. Design a system-level intervention to address a public health issue
15. Integrate knowledge of cultural values and practices in the design of public health policies and programs
16. Integrate scientific information, legal and regulatory approaches, ethical frameworks and varied stakeholder interests in policy development and analysis
17. Propose interprofessional team approaches to improving public health

Education & Workforce Development
18. Assess an audience’s knowledge and learning needs
19. Deliver training or educational experiences that promote learning in academic, organizational or community settings
20. Use best practice modalities in pedagogical practices