Ph.D. in Epidemiology Program Competencies

Students Beginning Program Spring 2021 to Present

  • Critically appraise the scientific epidemiologic literature.
  • Develop a grant proposal for an epidemiologic study with the appropriate study design and methods.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in critical pedagogical concepts to create and deliver a class session in a course in epidemiology.
  • Provide professional commentary of complex epidemiologic information in oral and written form.
  • Solve epidemiologic or public health problems using advanced epidemiologic theory and methods.

Students Beginning Program Fall 2017 to Fall 2020

  • Demonstrate understanding of advanced epidemiologic theory and methods, and the ability to apply these;
  • 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);
  • Critically evaluate and synthesize epidemiologic research from the literature;
  • 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;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of issues in the application of emerging technology in fields such biology, chemistry, genomics, information sciences, etc. and an ability to apply such methods in the study of diseases and conditions;
  • Teach epidemiologic concepts to master’s and doctoral level students;
  • Establish and implement surveillance systems and critically evaluate those systems and community programs;
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in teaching, research, service and practice; and
  • Participate effectively in interdisciplinary research involving basic scientists, clinicians, and other relevant groups.

Students Beginning Program Fall 2013 to Summer 2017

  • Demonstrate understanding of advanced epidemiologic theory and methods, and the ability to apply these;
  • 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);
  • Critically evaluate and synthesize epidemiologic research from the literature;
  • 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;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of issues in the application of emerging technology in molecular biology and genomics and an ability to apply such methods in the study of diseases and conditions;
  • Teach epidemiologic concepts to master’s and doctoral level students;
  • Establish and implement surveillance systems and critically evaluate those systems and community programs;
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in teaching, research, service and practice; and
  • Participate effectively in interdisciplinary research involving basic scientists, clinicians, and other relevant groups.