Competencies and Learning Objectives for Doctor of Philosophy

  Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
1Apply the advanced probability theory and distribution theoryBIOSTAT801
2Derive the advanced theoretical mathematics of statistical inferencesBIOSTAT802
3Perform linear regression model fitting and diagnosisBIOSTAT650
4Perform generalized linear regression model fitting and diagnosisBIOSTAT651
5Perform statistical analysis for longitudinal data and correlated dataBIOSTAT653
6Communicate through written and oral presentation based on statistical analysis for audience from a variety of health-related areas (e.g. public health, medicine, genetics, biology, psychology, nursing, or pharmacy) and for the broad scientific communityBIOSTAT699
7Develop new statistical methodology for application in real life problems in BiosciencesDissertation
8Prepare a methodological manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed biostatistical journalDissertation

  Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
1Apply basic principles of environmental and occupational health in the context of public healthEHS652
2Effectively lead teams in the design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation of environmental and occupational health studiesDissertation
3Apply a range of approaches to design, conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments into environmental and occupational health sciencesDissertation
4Describe how data are collected and used in exposure and risk assessments of environmental and occupational health hazardsEHS652
5Effectively communicate environmental and occupational health sciences information and understanding verbally and in writing to peers, professionals in training, and the publicDissertation

  Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
1Apply basic principles of toxicology to public healthEHS602
2Effectively lead teams in the design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation of toxicology studies for determining adverse responses resulting from defined exposures to chemicalsDissertation
3Apply understanding of molecular mechanisms, biological processes, and chemical reactivity to predict possible toxic responses of chemicals with respect to molecular, cellular, organ, and physiological targetsDissertation
4Apply toxicology to risk assessment of chemicals, including hazard identification, exposure assessment, dose-response assessment, risk characterization and risk managementEHS602
5Exercise multi-modal communication skills to convey toxicological information and understanding verbally and in writing to peers, professionals in training, and the publicDissertation

  Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
1Develop new research hypotheses informed by a critical evaluation of gaps in the literatureProspectus Defense
2Evaluate epidemiological study designs and advanced epidemiological methods, and select the most appropriate method to address a specific study questionEPID811, EPID824, Comprehensive Exam
3Demonstrate a thorough understanding of causal inference, sources of bias, and methods to improve the validity of epidemiologic studiesEPID811, EPID824, Comprehensive Exam
4Develop a research project that addresses an important population health or clinical question, using appropriate epidemiologic methodsProspectus Defense
5Prepare oral and written presentations that synthesize a substantive area of epidemiology and justify dissertation research productsDissertation and Defense

  Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
1Develop an innovative and efficient design for an empirical analysis of an intervention or observational study to address a research question with clear public health relevanceHBEHED885, HBEHED886, preliminary exam
2Interpret results from empirical analyses within the context of conceptual frameworks relevant for health promotion, and describe their public health relevanceHBEHED823, preliminary exam
3Integrate theoretical frameworks (e.g., health belief model, social ecological model) with critical analysis of empirical data to identify gaps in current approaches to health promotionHBEHED885, HBEHED886, preliminary exam

  Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
1Critically evaluate the prior literature in health services organization and policy, including motivation, theory, data quality, methods, results, conclusions, and policy recommendationsHMP803-806, HMP802, HMP835
2Develop research questions grounded in theory to expand knowledge about health services organization and policyHMP803-806, HMP802, HMP835
3Create a rigorous study design to test the research questions posed and to understand the strengths and limitations of that study designHMP826, HMP809, HMP835, HMP809
4Apply advanced quantitative and/or qualitative methods appropriate for health services organization and policy research appropriately in one's own researchHMP826, HMP835
5Disseminate rigorous research findings through clear, persuasive written and oral communication to both peers and non-technical audiences.HMP826, HMP835

  Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
1Create a rigorous study design to test a research question based on a critical evaluation of prior literatureNUTR990, NUTR995, NUTR830
2Predict the consequences of nutrient deficiencies or excesses based on principles of macronutrient and micronutrient biochemistryNUTR630, NUTR631, Doctoral Qualifying Exam
3Predict how genetic variations in enzymes, nutrient transporters or regulators could affect human health and diseaseNUTR630, NUTR631, NUTR638, Doctoral Qualifying Exam
4Evaluate the biochemical basis of energy generating and consuming pathways, including their role in energy balanceNUTR630
5Articulate potential mechanisms by which specific dietary, behavioral factors, and physical activity contribute to weight gain and lossNUTR639
6Propose appriopriate nutritional assessment methodologies in a research contextNUTR640
7Describe findings from presentations of novel nutritional researchNUTR688
8Disseminate rigorous research findings through clear, persuasive written and oral communication to both peers and non-technical audiencesNUTR869

  Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
1Explain how biochemical nature of different carbohydrates/fats/proteins relates to nutritional qualityNUTR630
2Explain how the biological nature of vitamins and minerals relates to population healthNUTR631
3Apply the principles and methods of nutrition assessment to monitor nutritional status and trends, identify at-risk individuals, monitor progress of programs, and investigate diet/disease relationshipsNUTR640
4Assess the primary strengths and weaknesses of different methods to collect nutrition information at the population level, including sources of error and approaches to reduce errorNUTR624
5Apply methods of nutritional epidemiology for the evaluation of diet/disease relationshipsNUTR624
6integrate findings of novel nutrition research with existing knowledge of nutritional epidemiologyNUTR688

  Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
1Apply knowledge of macronutrients and micronutrients to nutrition policies and programs addressing health of populationsNUTR630, NUTR631
2Identify the primary strengths and weaknesses of the different methods that can be used to collect nutrition informationNUTR624
3Integrate findings from presentations of novel nutritional research with existing knowledge of nutritional interventionsNUTR688
4Disseminate rigorous research findings through clear, persuasive written and oral communication to both peers and non-technical audiencesNUTR869
5Demonstrate familiarity of behavioral change theories and conceptual frameworks relevant to nutrition interventions in clinical and/or community contextsNUTR650
6Create a rigorous intervention study design to test a research question based on a critical evaluation of prior literatureNUTR990, NUTR995, Preliminary Exam