PhD Competencies

Revised PhD Competencies (Effective Fall 2015)

PHD1. Apply appropriate epidemiologic techniques and data sources to quantitatively assess patterns and changes in disease occurrence. [DESCRIPTIVE EPIDEMIOLOGY]

PHD2. Discuss how emerging technology in molecular biology and genomics are applied in the study of diseases and conditions. [BIOLOGY]

PHD3. Explain the central role of causation in epidemiology, including knowledge of various definitions and concepts of causation. [BASIC KNOWLEDGE/HISTORY OF DISCIPLINE]

PHD4. Apply the principles of screening and of surveillance systems, the concepts of validity and reliability of screening tests, and identify the types of surveillance systems and approaches used in disease surveillance. [BASIC KNOWLEDGE/HISTORY OF DISCIPLINE]

PHD5. Explain how global, cultural, and social contexts of health problems influence the conduct, interpretation, and dissemination of epidemiologic research and intervention studies. [BASIC KNOWLEDGE/HISTORY OF DISCIPLINE]

PHD6. Effectively (a) search, review, critically evaluate, and synthesize the scientific literature, (b) identify meaningful gaps in knowledge, and (c) formulate original and key hypotheses or research questions that may lead to new discoveries in epidemiology. [PROBLEM CONCEPTUALIZATION]

PHD7. Select and apply epidemiology study designs that are appropriate to address specific research questions or hypotheses. [STUDY DESIGN]

PHD8. Explain how consideration of causal inference, sources of bias, and of sampling, statistical, and other methods can improve the validity of epidemiologic studies. [STUDY DESIGN]

PHD9. Design research projects that address important population health or clinical questions, using appropriate epidemio­logic methods under constraints confronted in practice. [STUDY DESIGN]

PHD10. Develop and constructively critique epidemiologic research proposals and papers. [STUDY DESIGN]

PHD11. Apply the principles and methods of data-collection and data–processing procedures in the design and conduct of epidemiologic research, with sound knowledge of measurement validity and reliability, data quality control, data management, documentation, and security. [DATA COLLECTION/MONITORING]

PHD12. Design, implement, and assess data collection, quality control, and data management procedures for epidemiologic studies. [DATA MANAGEMENT]

PHD13. Apply state-of-the-art statistical and other quantitative methods in the analysis of epidemiologic data from a variety of sources, including data from large national- and state-level datasets. [DATA ANALYSIS]

PHD14. Interpret epidemiologic study results, make appropriate inferences based on results, and recognize the implications of the research results. [INTERPRETATION]

PHD15. Communicate clearly and effectively in writing and orally ideas, epidemiologic concepts, methods, results, and implications to scientists, students, policy makers, and the public, including diverse audiences at professional meetings, readers of research journals, grant reviewers, and laypersons. [COMMUNICATION]

PHD16. Teach epidemiologic concepts to students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. [COMMUNICATION]

PHD17. Apply ethical principles to (a) behave with integrity and high ethical standards in teaching, research, service, and practice, and (b) protect the welfare and interests of study participants and others contacted by study personnel. [ETHICS]

PHD18. Demonstrate mastery of a substantive area of epidemiology, and in this area (a) apply relevant epidemiologic theory and methods, and (b) integrate the biological, behavioral, and social mechanisms that operate at multiple levels of causation in conducting original research related to a specific topic. [SUBSTANTIVE AREA]

PHD19. Participate effectively (a) in multidisciplinary research projects involving epidemiologists, other academic- and community-affiliated public health researchers, basic scientists, and clinicians, and (b) on investigative teams of both scientists and non-scientists (e.g., community members). [COLLABORATION]

Link to pre-Fall 2015 PhD competencies