About the National Data


Baseline: 72.0 percent of state public health agencies incorporated Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals into developing training plans by 2016

Target: 76.4 percent

Number of state public health agencies responding that Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals were used in developing training plans.
Number of state public health agencies responding to this item in the ASTHO Profile Survey.
Target-setting method

Percentage point improvement

Target-setting method details
Percentage point improvement from the baseline using Cohen's h effect size of 0.10.
Target-setting method justification
Trend data were not available for this objective. A percentage point improvement was calculated using Cohen's h effect size of 0.1. This method was used because the Healthy People 2030 Workgroup Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) viewed this as an ambitious yet achievable target. The SMEs based this on knowledge of workforce development activity in the field and the anticipated challenge in further expanding these efforts to the remaining state public health agencies (while at the same time retaining coverage of those that are already using the Core Competencies).


Methodology notes

The Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies) are a consensus set of skills for the broad practice of public health, as defined by the 10 Essential Public Health Services. Developed by the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice (Council on Linkages), the Core Competencies reflect foundational skills desirable for professionals engaging in the practice, education, and research of public health. These competencies are organized into eight domains, reflecting skill areas within public health, and three tiers, representing career stages for public health professionals. States that responded that they use core competencies for public health professionals in "Developing training plans" were counted in the numerator. "States" includes the 50 states plus DC, for a total of 51 possible respondents.


Comparable HP2020 objective
Retained, which includes core objectives that are continuing from Healthy People 2020 with no change in measurement.


Effect size h=0.1 was chosen to correspond with 10% improvement from a baseline of 50%.