All MPH students must master all competencies prior to graduating. Competency assessment will take place while students are taking courses, completing the internship and and as they work on their project/thesis. Below is an overview of the competencies students will master during the MPH program in Epidemiology. By the end of the MPH in Epidemiology program, students will be able to:

  1. Meet the core-specific competencies for the MPH degree.
  2. Describe and apply basic concepts of probability, random variables, and commonly used statistical probability distributions.
  3. Distinguish among the different measurement scales or types of variables and select appropriate descriptive statistical methods for summarizing public health data.
  4. Select appropriate inferential statistical methods to answer research questions relevant to public health research.
  5. Conduct descriptive and inferential statistical analyses that are appropriate to different basic study designs used in public health research.
  6. Critically evaluate statistical analyses presented in public health literature.
  7. Perform appropriate sample size and power calculations to ensure that the study is sufficiently powered to achieve the scientific aims.
  8. Use statistical analytical software packages (e.g. SAS, R, STATA) to describe, explore, and summarize data as well as perform statistical procedures.
  9. Identify statistical approaches to address threats to validity in epidemiologic studies.
  10. Demonstrate skills in public health data management
  11. Communicate results of statistical analyses to lay and professional audiences.

 

MPH in Biostatistics Competencies for Students Admitted Before Fall 2018

Biostatistics Common Core Competencies

  1. Describe the role biostatistics serves in the discipline of public health.
  2. Describe basic concepts of probability, random variables, and commonly used statistical probability distributions.
  3. Distinguish among the different measurement scales or types of variables and select appropriate descriptive statistical methods for summarizing public health data.
  4. Select appropriate inferential statistical methods to answer research questions relevant to public health research.
  5. Conduct descriptive and inferential statistical analyses that are appropriate to different basic study designs used in public health research.
  6. Interpret results of statistical analyses found in public health studies.
  7. Critically review and summarize statistical analyses presented in public health literature.
  8. Perform appropriate sample size and power calculations to ensure that the study is sufficiently powered to achieve the scientific aims.
  9. Use a basic software package to describe, explore, and summarize data as well as perform the basic conventional statistical procedures.

Biostatistics Cognate Competencies

  1. Identify limitations in public health studies.
  2. Comprehend basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of public health data.
  3. Demonstrate skills in public health data collection and management.
  4. Identify statistical approaches to address threats to validity in epidemiologic studies.
  5. Communicate results of statistical analyses to lay and professional audiences.