Competencies

Doctorate of Biostatistics

Upon completion of the Doctorate in Biostatistics (PhD) degree, all graduates will be able to:

  • Describe the core disciplines of public health and how they apply to improving population health
  • Apply epidemiologic methods to the measurement and study of population health and the prevention of infectious and chronic disease
  • Develop novel statistical methodology
    • Identify the limitations of existing methodology and standard techniques for adapting existing methodology to new epidemiological and public health settings
    • Identify epidemiology and public health settings where techniques beyond modification of existing techniques are necessary (i.e. new methodology)
    • Use advanced theory and computation to develop new methodology for addressing research problems in epidemiology and public health
  • Analyze complex data from epidemiology, public health and other biomedical settings with subject matter collaborators using cutting edge statistical techniques
    • Read, understand and use the most recent literature in epidemiology, public health, and other biomedical settings relevant to an analytic task
    • Formulate a plan for data gathering, data management and statistical analysis
    • Carry out plan effectively to answer questions of substantive interest in epidemiology, public health, and other biomedical settings
  • Communicate findings verbally (with collaborators and at conferences), and in writing (journal articles)
    • Prepare a seminar for presentation to either substantive (epidemiology, public health, and other biomedical) or statistical audiences
    • Develop the elusive skill of learning a substantive application rapidly by listening effectively to the subject matter specialist and asking pertinent questions as needed
    • Integrate statistical concepts into presentations for public health and epidemiology audiences in forms that they will find useful and intelligible
    • Prepare clear reports, analysis plans for grant applications and statistical sections of journal articles
  • Demonstrate cognate field expertise
    • Develop enough knowledge in a specific subject domain within epidemiology, public health, or other area of biomedical science to communicate easily with scientists in that domain
    • Use this background to formulate new biostatistical problems to solve (the dissertation is the primary example of this).
  • Teach graduate students enrolled in public health, statistics and biostatistics courses
    • Learn how to organize a large sequence of lectures so that they follow logically and provide an overview of a topic area in statistics or biostatistics
    • Combine diverse teaching techniques and materials so that students with different learning styles can master the material
  • Recognize potential ethical issues and implement the concepts of ethical conduct of research