Ph.D. in Epidemiology Competencies

Upon graduation the student who fulfills the requirements for the Ph.D. in Epidemiology should be able to:

1.    Demonstrate understanding of advanced epidemiologic theory and methods, and the ability to apply these;

2.    Formulate a scientific question of importance to public health and select and apply appropriate epidemiologic methods for addressing this question, including, but not limited to, data collection, study design, implementation, analysis, and interpretations (with recommendations);

3.    Critically evaluate and synthesize epidemiologic research from the literature;

4.    Professionally communicate information from epidemiologic studies in the form of scientific writing, oral presentations, and grant writing to diverse audiences, including the scientific and professional communities and the lay public;

5.    Demonstrate an understanding of issues in the application of emerging technologies in fields such as biology, chemistry, genomics, information sciences, etc. and an ability to apply such methods in the study of diseases and conditions;

6.    Teach epidemiologic concepts to master’s and doctoral level students;

7.    Establish and implement surveillance systems and critically evaluate those systems and community programs;

8.    Demonstrate ethical behavior in teaching, research, service, and practice; and

9.    Participate effectively in interdisciplinary research involving basic scientists, clinicians, and other relevant groups.


Updated as of March 6, 2017