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  School of Public Health 2022-2024 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Programs Epidemiology Competencies  


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Public Health Competencies - Epidemiology

Each concentration identifies competencies for each degree offered. These competencies reflect the full range of knowledge, skills, and other attributes that a student will acquire as a result of completing the requirements for a particular degree.

Upon graduation, a student completing the Ph.D. in public health - epidemiology curriculum will be able to:
  • evaluate epidemiologic literature, assessing methodological approaches, strengths, weaknesses, and threats to validity;
  • conduct independent epidemiologic literature reviews and summarize studies using qualitative or quantitative techniques;
  • quantitatively analyze public health data sets using epidemiologic and biostatistical techniques;
  • identify gaps in the epidemiologic literature and develop specific aims and hypotheses suitable for an epidemiologic research proposal;
  • demonstrate understanding of epidemiological study designs and advanced epidemiological methods in order to develop an appropriate approach to address a specific study question
  • conduct epidemiological studies using primary and/or secondary data and synthesize study findings;
  • design reliable and valid measurement instruments;
  • present and defend study findings from original research to professional audiences;
  • demonstrate competency in teaching epidemiologic research methods at the graduate level; and
  • demonstrate knowledge of the responsible conduct of research and conduct research following the rules and policies for ethical research.
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