Competencies

Doctorate of Prevention Science and Community Health

Upon completion of the Doctorate of Prevention Science and Community Health (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
  • Articulate research questions that advance scientific knowledge and develop a proposal for extramural research funding
  • Develop and implement data collection/management methods and tools needed for prevention science and community health research
  • Design and adapt a preventive intervention based on available etiological research
  • Master principles of designing, conducting, and analyzing data from a randomized clinical trial of a preventive intervention
  • Master techniques for designing and carrying out procedures for translating evidence-based interventions into community practice
  • Apply state-of-the-science statistical methods and manage/manipulate datasets in statistical software such as SPSS, SAS, M Plus and R
  • Provide consultation to health professionals in conducting prevention or community research, and be prepared to work collaboratively with scientists and practitioners in other fields
  • Recognize potential ethical issues and employ ethical conduct of research in prevention science/community health studies