Assessment and Analysis

This category describes the Core Competencies needed to collect, assess, analyze and apply information (including data, facts, concepts and theories). These competencies are required to make evidence-based decisions, prepare budgets and reports, conduct investigations and make recommendations for policy and program development.


  • Recognize that a health concern or issue exists.
  • Identify relevant and appropriate sources of information, including community assets and resources.
  • Collect, store, retrieve and use accurate and appropriate information on public health issues.
  • Analyze information to determine appropriate implications, uses, gaps and limitations.
  • Determine the meaning of information, considering the current ethical, political, scientific, socio-cultural and economic contexts.
  • Recommend specific actions based on the analysis of information.

Recognize that a Health Concern or Issue Exists

  • CPHI’s Education listing There are a number of self-study modules that can be accessed (by clicking on the title of the module within the document), from healthy weights to mental health. Canadian Population Health Initiative at the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
  • Canadian Best Practices Portal (CBPP) – Policy Issues This website provides links to key policy documents, provincial/territorial and federal legislation and standards in public health, policy resources, and listservs/newsletters. Public Health Agency of Canada.
  • Canadian Best Practices Portal (CBPP) – Public Health Topics This website links readers to information on various public health topics that are common across multiple Canadian health departments. Public Health Agency of Canada.
  • Canadian Best Practices Portal (CBPP) – Resources This website links to Canadian evidence-informed decision-making tools and information, Canadian and international health indicators, and Canadian tools and information on planning programs in public health. Public Health Agency of Canada.

Identify Relevant and Appropriate Sources of Information, Including Community Assets and Resources

Collect, Store, Retrieve and Use Accurate and Appropriate Information on Public Health Issues

Analyze Information to Determine Appropriate Implications, Uses, Gaps and Limitations and Determine the Meaning of Information, Considering the Ethical, Political, Scientific, Socio-Cultural and Economic Contexts

Recommend Specific Actions Based on the Analysis of Information