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The Competencies for Performance Improvement Professionals in Public Health​ (PI Competencies), released in 2018, are a set of skills for performance improvement (PI) professionals working in the public health field. Based on the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionalsexternal icon (Core Competencies), the PI Competencies offer guidance for public health professionals who develop or implement plans and activities in the areas of quality improvement, performance management, workforce development, accreditation readiness, or community health assessment and improvement planning.

CSTLTS supported the Public Health Foundation (PHF) in developing and reviewing the PI Competencies. Under guidance from the Core Competencies Workgroup of the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice, PHF led a feedback process for PI professionals working in public health to provide input on the competencies.

The PI Competencies can be used along with the Core Competencies to guide development of job descriptions, performance objectives, trainings, workforce development plans, academic curricula, tools, and other resources to support PI professionals’ activities and growth. The PI Competencies expand on elements addressed in five of the Core Competencies’ domains:

  • Analytical/Assessment Skills
  • Policy Development/Program Planning Skills
  • Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
  • Financial Planning and Management Skills
  • Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills


To learn more about the PI Competencies, visit Competencies for Performance Improvement Professionals in Public Healthexternal icon.

Source of original article: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) / Public Health Professionals Gateway (
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