Competencies

Doctorate of Epidemiology

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

  • Describe the core disciplines of public health and how they apply to improving population health
  • Recognize potential ethical issues and implement the concepts of ethical conduct of research in epidemiologic studies
  • Design epidemiologic studies applying sound methodology and assess the validity of results
  • Develop and implement data collection/management methods and tools needed for performing epidemiology investigations
  • Apply quantitative and reasoning skills, as well as content-area knowledge to analyze data from epidemiological studies
  • Utilize the application of statistical methods that are critical to epidemiologic inquiry; manage and manipulate data sets in statistical analysis software packages including SAS and R
  • Identify major chronic and infectious diseases, their general pathophysiology, descriptive epidemiology and risk factors
  • Critically evaluate scientific literature and synthesize the outcomes across studies, balancing limitations and contributions of each study
  • Articulate research questions that advance scientific knowledge and develop a proposal for extramural research funding
  • Present data at academic and professional meetings and submit scientific papers for publication in high-impact peer-reviewed journals
  • Convey epidemiologic concepts to students and peers; effectively communicate epidemiologic information to scientists, policy makers and the public
  • Conduct an advanced original research project and demonstrate mastery of the topic area
  • Read, plan, develop and present epidemiologic data outside their area of mastery
  • Provide consultation to health professionals in conducting epidemiological research; and be prepared to work collaboratively with scientists and practitioners in other fields