Competencies and Learning Objectives for Epidemiology

  Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
1Describe population patterns of health-related risk factors and health-related outcomes in terms of person, place, and timeEPID600, EPID602
2Compare the relative strengths and weaknesses of common epidemiologic study designs (e.g., cross-sectional, cohort, case-control, randomized experiments)EPID600, EPID602
3Interpret the impact of bias, confounding, and effect modification on causal inference in epidemiologic researchEPID600, EPID602
4Apply core aspects of field methods in epidemiology (e.g., survey design, sampling and power, surveillance)EPID642, EPID643
5Critically evaluate epidemiological findings from published research studiesEPID600

  Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
1Explain the history and key initiatives of global health, how health and development strategies interact, and the role of cross-sector organizations in global health governance and practiceEPID506
2Utilize health data from low- and middle-income countries to assess the global burden of disease, associated risk factors and health trends, and scope and limitations of available dataEPID506
3Apply the steps in developing research infrastructure for population health studies in low- and middle-income countries, including consideration of local ethics and IRB reviewEPID506, EPID664
4Develop strategies and capacity for resolving problems that arise when conducting epidemiology studies in low- and middle-income countriesEPID664, EPID665
5Demonstrate contextual expertise in at least one country/region including knowledge of the structure of health systems and the public health infrastructure, as well as major public health intervention programsEPID665, EPID506

  Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
1Demonstrate sterile technique and an understanding of fundamental lab safety measuresEPID504
2Evaluate the use of different molecular tools in an outbreak investigationEPID582
3Appropriately interpret the results of a molecular measure used in an epidemiologic studyEPID582
4Apply epidemiologic principles to the design and implementation of interventions in a healthcare settingEPID680
5Apply principles of antibiotic stewardshipEPID680

  Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
1Explain the relevant biological and behavioral mechanisms that influence human exposures to and health effects of environmental and occupational stressorsEHS602
2Design an epidemiologic study of an environmental or occupational factor and a health outcome that tests one or more specific hypothesesEPID608, EHS608
3Apply appropriate methods for collecting primary and/or secondary occupational and environmental exposure data and health outcomes for original analysisEPID601
4Interpret epidemiologic results from higher-order biostatistical techniques applied to these data, such as linear regression, logistic regression, mixed effects models, and graphic techniquesEHS675
5Communicate environmental or occupational epidemiological findings in writing using standards of peer-reviewed journals, including descriptions of design, results, and interpretationEPID531

  Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
1Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of study designs (e.g., cross-sectional, cohort, case-control, randomized experiments) and the appropriate measure of association for a given study designEPID600
2Communicate clinical or translational research findings to a medical audienceINTMED605
3Analyze research data and interpret these results from a population health or clinical-translational perspectiveEPID602, BIOSTAT522
4Demonstrate knowledge of regulatory requirements for clinical researchPHARM640, PHARM647
5Describe the causes of random and non-random error in research studies, including information bias, selection bias, and confoundingEPID600

  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