By the end of the PhD program in Epidemiology, students will be able to:

Epidemiology Common Core Competencies (MPH)

  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. Calculate basic epidemiology measures.
  7. Communicate epidemiologic information to lay and professional audiences.
  8. Differentiate among the criteria for causality.
  9. Draw appropriate inferences from epidemiologic data.
  10. Describe epidemiologic study designs and assess their strengths and limitations.
  11. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports.

PhD Advanced Epidemiology Cognate Competencies

  1. Critically evaluate social determinants of health.
  2. Explain predictors and mechanisms of disease or health events.
  3. Calculate advanced epidemiology measures.
  4. Critically evaluate measures of association.
  5. Design, analyze, and evaluate an epidemiologic study.
  6. Critically appraise epidemiologic literature.
  7. Demonstrate skills in public health data collection and management.
  8. Critically evaluate questionnaire and survey instruments.
  9. Design and evaluate interventions to reduce prevalence of major public health problems.
  10. Critique the use of meta-analytic statistical techniques.
  11. Describe and apply statistical approaches to address threats to validity in epidemiologic studies.
  12. Compare clustered data with traditional epidemiologic data from survey and randomized clinical trials.
  13. Analyze causal associations.
  14. Characterize issues associated with missing data.
  15. Appraise how quantitative and qualitative data can be integrated into mixed methods in epidemiologic research.

PhD Individualized Research Plan Competencies

  1. Develop expertise in an area of independent research interest.