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. Investigate a public health problem in terms of magnitude, person, time and place.
  3. Explain the importance of epidemiology for informing scientific, ethical, economic and political discussion of health issues. 
  4. Apply the basic terminology and definitions of epidemiology.
  5. Define and calculate basic epidemiology measures of disease frequency and measures of association between risk factors and disease.
  6. Define and calculate advanced epidemiology measures.
  7. Differentiate among the criteria for causality.
  8. Draw appropriate inferences from epidemiologic data.
  9. Describe epidemiologic study designs and assess their strengths and limitations.
  10. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports.
  11. Demonstrate skills in public health data management.
  12. Communicate epidemiologic information to lay and professional audiences.

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MPH in Epidemiology Program Competencies for Students Admitted Before Fall 2018

Epidemiology Common Core Competencies

  1. Identify vital statistics and other key sources of data for epidemiological purposes
  2. Describe a public health problem in terms of magnitude, person, time and place.
  3. Discuss the principles and limitations of public health screening programs.
  4. Comprehend basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of epidemiologic data.
  5. Explain the importance of epidemiology for informing scientific, ethical, economic and political discussion of health issues. 
  6. Apply the basic terminology and definitions of epidemiology.
  7. Calculate basic epidemiology measures.
  8. Communicate epidemiologic information to lay and professional audiences.
  9. Differentiate among the criteria for causality.
  10. Draw appropriate inferences from epidemiologic data.
  11. Describe epidemiologic study designs and assess their strengths and limitations.
  12. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports.

Epidemiology Cognate Competencies

  1. Calculate advanced epidemiology measures.
  2. Design, analyze, and evaluate an epidemiologic study.
  3. Demonstrate skills in public health data collection and management.
  4. Design interventions to reduce prevalence of major public health problems.
  5. Demonstrate program administration and organizational leadership.

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