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MCH Leadership Competencies

Competency 3: Ethics


Ethical behavior in professional roles includes conduct congruent with generally accepted principles and values. This definition includes general leadership ethics, such as honesty, responsibility, and cultural competency, as well as ethics specific to the MCH population.


MCH leaders will demonstrate a working knowledge of:

  • The ethical and legal principles, values, and behaviors (such as beneficence, non-maleficence, truthfulness, justice, and respect for autonomy) that underlie professional conduct within community, health care, and public health settings.
  • Their professional association’s code of ethics.
  • Institutional review board processes and criteria for ensuring ethical study design and informed consent as they relate to human subjects research and translation of research to practice.


Foundational. At a foundational level, MCH leaders will:

  1. Identify and address ethical issues in patient care, community-based settings, human subjects research, and public health theory and practice.
  2. Describe the ethical implications of health disparities within MCH populations.
  3. Interact with others to solve problems in an ethical manner.
  4. Advanced. Building on the foundational skills, MCH leaders will:
  5. Act as catalysts for discussion of ethical dilemmas and issues that affect MCH population groups.
  6. Seek to understand the community’s cultural values in order to ensure the delivery of culturally competent and ethical policies, programs, and practices.

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