Competencies

Advanced Professional Training

The PhD program provides advanced professional training in epidemiology to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for leadership in epidemiologic research and methodology.

Upon completing the requirements for the PhD in Epidemiology, graduates are able to:

  • formulate research hypotheses that can be evaluated through empirical epidemiologic investigation
  • critically evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of epidemiologic study designs applied to particular etiologic associations
  • analyze and interpret epidemiologic studies using appropriate methods
  • explain the theoretical underpinnings of epidemiology, including new and traditional study designs
  • demonstrate understanding of sources of bias and approaches to evaluating and controlling bias
  • demonstrate proficiency in data collection, data analysis, and written summaries of statistical analyses
  • ┬ádemonstrate expertise in at least one substantive area of epidemiology and apply that expertise to preparation of the dissertation proposal
  • perform all the steps of conducting a hypothesis-driven epidemiologic study, from developing hypotheses, to designing, analyzing, and interpreting results, to writing up findings in the form of a publication-quality manuscript, as demonstrated by the PhD dissertation, which requires three manuscripts judged to be suitable for publication.