Competencies

Competencies describe activities or behaviors you should be able to demonstrate after completing your program.

C1. Definition of Epidemiology.
Define epidemiology and the range of epidemiologic practice in medicine, biomedical science and public health.
C2. Study Designs and Measures.
Describe the major epidemiologic study designs, their strengths and limitations, and their application for assessing the prevalence and incidence of disease and risk factors for disease in the population and in public health research.
C3. Evaluation of Epidemiologic Data.
Critically evaluate the results of epidemiologic studies for study design implementation, evaluating chance, bias, confounding and effect modification as part of interpreting study results and using them to make appropriate inferences.
C4. Screening.
Describe a public health screening program and identify its principles and limitations.
C5.

Surveillance.
Describe a public health surveillance program and identify its principles and limitations.

C6. Principles of Communicable and Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Control.
Describe the principles of communicable and non-communicable disease prevention and control.
C7. Application of Biostatistics to Epidemiology.
Apply and interpret common and appropriate statistical methodologies for answering epidemiologic research question.
C8. Ethical Conduct of Human Subjects Research.
Comprehend basic ethical and legal issues pertaining to the collection, use and dissemination of epidemiologic data; apply knowledge of human subjects’ protections, informed consent, and confidentiality to research activities.
C9. Culminating Thesis.
Develop and execute a hypothesis-driven epidemiologic study, including a literature review and original data analysis culminating in a defendable written document (equivalent to one publishable manuscript) and oral presentation.