Do public health discipline-specific competencies provide guidance for equity-focused practice?
Building on an earlier analysis by NCCDH, Core competencies for public health in Canada: An assessment and comparison of determinants of health content, this document seeks to understand how different public health disciplines have incorporated growing knowledge about determinants of health and health equity into their discipline-specific competencies by analyzing the inclusion of health equity and social justice language in their competency frameworks.
The report first considers the state of public health competencies outside our borders, describing the status and content of selected international competency frameworks (general and discipline-specific), paying specific attention to the concepts of determinants of health, health equity and social justice.
Then, turning its attention to the Canadian context, the report provides a content analysis of the competencies developed by various public health discipline-specific professional bodies, describing how each competency-set addresses the concepts of determinants of health, health equity, and social justice.
Use this resource to:
- Become familiar with the current competencies of public health practitioners across various disciplines in Canada and beyond
- Identify opportunities to revise discipline-specific competencies to be more reflective of the principles of social justice and health equity
National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health. (2015). Do public health discipline-specific competencies provide guidance for equity-focused practice? Antigonish, NS: National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, St. Francis Xavier University.