Applied Epidemiology Core Competencies Program participants develop a set of core skills through competency-based training. Fellows are expected to fulfill all of the competencies during the two-year Fellowship:
Design surveillance systems to assess health problems.
Evaluate surveillance systems and understand the limitations of surveillance data. First year Fellows are required to submit an abstract on their evaluation project for the CSTE Annual Conference.
Play a functional role in bioterrorism/emergency preparedness and response (BT/ER) at the host agency and participate in related trainings, tabletop exercises, etc.
Be able to interpret surveillance data.
Design an epidemiologic study to address a health problem.
Understand the basic types of study design and the advantages and limitations of each type.
Design a questionnaire or other data collection tool to address a health problem.
Collect health data from appropriate sources (e.g., case interviews, medical records, vital statistics records, laboratory reports, or pathology reports).
Create a database for a health data set.
Use statistical software to analyze and characterize epidemiologic data.
Interpret findings from epidemiologic studies, including recognition of the limitations of the data and potential sources of bias and/or confounding.
Recommend control measures, prevention programs, or other public health interventions based on epidemiologic findings.
Write a field investigation report resulting from participation in an infectious disease or other approved outbreak investigation of either acute disease outbreak or a time-sensitive investigation. Fellows will experience participating in and observing an investigation performed in a charged environment. Fellows working in Chronic Disease, Maternal and Child Health, and other non-infectious disease program areas will participate in a temporary detail to allow the Fellow to participate in such an investigation.
Write a surveillance report.
Understand the basic process for preparing a manuscript for publication.
Give an oral presentation using appropriate media.
Present data graphically and know how to use graphic software.
Understand the basics of health-risk communication and be able to communicate epidemiologic findings in a manner that is easily understood by lay audiences (i.e., those with limited scientific background).
Masters-level Fellows: present a poster at a national or regional meeting, publish a technical report, or prepare a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
Doctoral-level Fellows: prepare a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
Public Health Practice, Policy, and Legal Issues
Have a basic understanding of public health law.
Understand the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the recently-implemented privacy and information security amendments.
Distinguishing between public health research and public health practice.
Understand policies designed for the protection of human subjects and the role of an Institutional Review Board (IRB).
Know the essential public health functions.
Understand the roles of local, state, and federal public health agencies.
Appreciate the diversity of how epidemiology is used in different program areas.
Effectively negotiate cultural sensitivity issues.
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