Competency Assessment for Tier 1
Public Health Professionals
The Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals
(Core Competencies) are a consensus
set of foundational skills for the broad practice of public health, as defined by the 10 Essential
Public Health Services. The Core Competencies are organized into eight skill areas or domains
that cut across public health disciplines. The purpose of this assessment is to help you explore
your level of competence within these eight domains.
A competency is any knowledge or skill of an individual or organization that has been shown
to cause or predict outstanding performance. A collection of competencies makes up a
behavioral roadmap that is directly related to both individual and organizational performance.
By assessing your level of knowledge or skill for each competency statement described, you
will be able to prioritize your learning time to focus on those areas that are most important to
you and to concentrate where the need for training and learning may be greatest.
How to Complete This Competency Assessment
The competency assessment should take about 20 minutes to complete. It is divided into the
following eight domains:
• Analytical/Assessment Skills
• Policy Development/Program Planning Skills
• Communication Skills
• Cultural Competency Skills
• Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
• Public Health Sciences Skills
• Financial Planning and Management Skills
• Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills
1) Read each competency statement listed within a domain.
2) In each domain, and for each competency statement, think about the level at which you are
currently able to perform the skill. Then rate your level of proficiency on each competency
statement by selecting the number on the continuum from “None” (1) to “Proficient” (4) that
best describes your self-reported level of expertise for that statement. Note: The
competency statements listed in each domain should be interpreted as broadly as possible
to apply to your position and principal setting of employment. In the example below, you
would select number “4” for “Proficient” if you think you are excelling at this competency or
select “1” for “None” if you feel you need a great deal of improvement.
Tier 1 – Front Line Staff/Entry Level: Tier 1 competencies apply to public health professionals who
carry out the day-to-day tasks of public health organizations and are not in management positions.
Responsibilities of these professionals may include data collection and analysis, fieldwork, program
planning, outreach, communications, customer service, and program support.