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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