Competencies

Epidemiology (EPI)

• Critically evaluate public health and medical literature with respect to disease (outcome) measures, measures of association, study design options, bias, confounding, and effect measure modification.

• Interpret descriptive epidemiologic studies in order to develop hypotheses of possible risk factors for a health outcome. • Apply quantitative methods to analyze and synthesize epidemiologic data related to public health issues.

• Design robust observational and experimental studies to address public health and clinical problems.

• Deploy central concepts, methods, and applications of contemporary modeling in epidemiology, including transmission dynamics of infectious, chronic, vector-borne, and sexually transmitted diseases and the manner in which social networks and human behaviors affect those dynamics and their control.

• Design and present and epidemiologic investigation resulting in a publishable manuscript.

 

Public Health Policy and Management (PHPM)

• Apply appropriate research methods to analyze health policy and management issues and questions

• Critically evaluate the main components, legal basis and related challenges in the organization and financing of health care services and public health

• Synthesize evidence to guide policymaking and assess public policies and programs that promote population health and health equity

• Assess different theoretical perspectives in management and apply these ideas to the identification, analysis and understanding of critical themes and issues in health care and public health.

 

Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS)

• Display expertise in a social science specialization (sociology, anthropology, psychology, or political science)

• Critically assess major theories, trends, and debates in the social and behavioral sciences literature regarding health.

• Develop skills used to choose appropriate research designs and statistical methods for answering public health questions in the field of social and behavioral sciences.

• Design rigorous and ethical research studies that examine theories or conceptual models relevant to the social and behavioral sciences.

• Assess the means by which the social determinants of health create challenges to achieving health equity at the behavioral, community & societal levels.

• Communicate social and behavioral health theories, concepts, and scholarship in oral and written form to diverse audiences.