Competencies

Ph.D. Competencies

Graduate Core Public Health Competencies and Major Specific Competencies

School Wide Graduate Competencies

School Wide Graduate Core Public Health Competencies

By receiving a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the School of Public Health-Bloomington, students will be expected to attain the following public health competencies in addition to those specific to their major:

  1. Summarize the historical and social contexts through which the field of public health has developed in the United States.
  2. Describe the manner in which the basic concepts, theories, and methods of the five core areas of public health are applied to health-related research, policy, and practice.
  3. Distinguish efforts through which organizations and institutions at local, national, and global levels seek to assure the health of the public.
  4. Analyze the manner in which the student's specific discipline is related to a multidisciplinary approach to achieving public health goals.
School Wide Graduate Epidemiology Competencies

By receiving a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the School of Public Health-Bloomington, students will be expected to attain the following epidemiology competencies in addition to those specific to their major:

  1. Identify key sources of data for epidemiologic purposes.
  2. Apply the basic terminology and definitions of epidemiology.
  3. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports.

Major Specific Competencies


Environmental Health Competencies

In addition to Graduate Core Public Health Competencies and Graduate Epidemiology Competencies for Ph.D. students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in Environmental Health, students will be able to:

Advanced Environmental Health Competencies
  1. Identify the molecular responses elicited following exposures to environmental stressors, and the application of state-of-the-art techniques for conducting molecular analyses.
  2. Develop and implement a sampling strategy and methodologies to develop an exposure assessment and model the results to estimate exposure.
  3. Apply advanced toxicological principles to identify how toxicants interact with biological systems and the mechanisms by which they elicit adverse effects in humans and other organisms.
  4. Identify the mechanisms of action of selected environmental carcinogens and describe how such agents are activated and detoxified.
  5. Recognize and characterize safety and health hazards in the workplace and identify control measures to mitigate health hazards in occupational settings.
  6. Evaluate occupational and environmental health risks from exposure to agricultural chemicals or toxic materials related to rural environments.
  7. Describe the underlying molecular mechanisms of epidemiological results and environmental exposure in the rural setting.
Environmental Health Research Competencies
  1. Critically analyze scientific literature related to environmental health and identify the strengths and weaknesses of the research.
  2. Design and conduct rigorous research in environmental health following standards and practices acceptable in field.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in applying and interpreting appropriate analytical methods appropriate to the study of environmental health.
  4. Effectively communicate and disseminate research findings through refereed publications and scientific presentations.
  5. Develop research questions and approaches to answering these questions based on significance of the issue and identification of gaps in knowledge.
Analytic Research Competencies
  1. Conduct and interpret the findings of such statistical analyses as paired- and independent-samples t-tests, simple and factorial analysis of variance, correlations, multiple regression analyses, and chi-square tests.
  2. Explain when and how the major fundamental statistical techniques can be used to answer common parametric and nonparametric research questions in public health.
  3. Apply statistical methods to check assumptions of and conduct analyses using major multivariate techniques.
  4. Explain when and how the major multivariate techniques can be used to answer common quantitative research questions in public health.
  5. Explain general principles of study design in attempting to identify risk factors for disease, isolate targets for prevention, and assess the effectiveness of public health interventions.
  6. Apply probabilistic and statistical reasoning to structure thinking and solve a wide range of problems in public health.
  7. Use information technology to access, evaluate, and interpret public health data.
Epidemiology Competencies

In addition to Graduate Core Public Health Competencies and Graduate Epidemiology Competencies for Ph.D. students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in Epidemiology, students will be able to:

PhD Competencies
  1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of basic and advanced concepts of epidemiology.
  2. Apply basic and advanced principles of epidemiology to answering research questions.
  3. Exhibit proficiency in grant-writing and excellence in scientific writing.
  4. Conduct a systematic review of published epidemiological and clinical studies.
  5. Explain the critical differences between epidemiologic descriptive and analytic study designs, the measures that can be estimated from each, and their strengths and limitations.
  6. Describe how to select an appropriate study design for a specific research question or health problem.
  7. Conduct appropriate statistical analysis of secondary data using statistical computing software for cross-sectional, case/control or cohort data.
  8. Conduct and interpret epidemiologic analyses from a range of multivariable models (including linear, logistic, and Cox regression models).
  9. Identify and critically evaluate different approaches to modelling complex exposures including dose-response relationships, time-varying exposures, and testing for the presence of effect modification.
  10. Describe and discuss advanced theoretical and methodological issues in causality and causal inference.
  11. Use causal diagrams to represent a priori subject matter knowledge, assumptions, and epidemiologic biases.
  12. Discuss key methods for controlling for potential confounding, including matching and using instrumental variables and propensity scores, as well as appropriately utilizing repeated measures.
  13. Identify the setting in which conventional methods for data analysis are inadequate and propose alternative ways to analyze the data in these settings.
Health Behavior Competencies

In addition to Graduate Core Public Health Competencies and Graduate Epidemiology Competencies for Ph.D. students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in Health Behavior, students will be able to:

Health Behavior Research Competencies
  1. Critically analyze scientific literature related to health behavior and identify the strengths and weaknesses of the research in the field.
  2. Develop research questions and approaches to answering these questions based on significance of the issue and identification of gaps in knowledge.
  3. Design and conduct rigorous research in health behavior following standards and practices acceptable in field.
  4. Select, apply, and interpret analytic methods appropriate in health behavior research.
  5. Effectively communicate and disseminate research findings through refereed publications and scientific presentations.
  6. Use theories and conceptual frameworks to inform research.
Analytic Research Competencies
  1. Conduct and interpret the findings of such statistical analyses as paired- and independent-samples t-tests, simple and factorial analysis of variance, correlations, multiple regression analyses, and chi-square tests.
  2. Explain when and how the major fundamental statistical techniques can be used to answer common parametric and nonparametric research questions in public health.
  3. Apply statistical methods to check assumptions of and conduct analyses using major multivariate techniques.
  4. Explain when and how the major multivariate techniques can be used to answer common quantitative research questions in public health.
  5. Explain general principles of study design in attempting to identify risk factors for disease, isolate targets for prevention, and assess the effectiveness of public health interventions.
  6. Apply probabilistic and statistical reasoning to structure thinking and solve a wide range of problems in public health.
  7. Use information technology to access, evaluate, and interpret public health data.
Human Performance Competencies

In addition to Graduate Core Public Health Competencies and Graduate Epidemiology Competencies for Ph.D. students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in Human Performance, students will be able to:

Advanced Human Performance Competencies
  1. Describe the response of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems to the specific stressors of acute and chronic exercise.
  2. Describe the biochemical adaptations that occur with acute and chronic exercise.
  3. Apply knowledge of laboratory measurement techniques to collect data on exercising individuals.
Human Performance Research Competencies
  1. Critically examine scientific literature and assess future research questions
  2. Critically synthesize scientific literature and assess contextual issues to identify research needs.  
  3. Design and conduct rigorous physiology research through completion of an IRB approved research study.
  4. Disseminate research findings through refereed publications and scientific presentations.
Analytic Research Competencies
  1. Conduct and interpret the findings of such statistical analyses as paired- and independent-samples t-tests, simple and factorial analysis of variance, correlations, multiple regression analyses, and chi-square tests.
  2. Explain when and how the major fundamental statistical techniques can be used to answer common parametric and nonparametric research questions in public health.
  3. Apply statistical methods to check assumptions of and conduct analyses using major multivariate techniques.
  4. Explain when and how the major multivariate techniques can be used to answer common quantitative research questions in public health.
  5. Explain general principles of study design in attempting to identify risk factors for disease, isolate targets for prevention, and assess the effectiveness of public health interventions.
  6. Apply probabilistic and statistical reasoning to structure thinking and solve a wide range of problems in public health.
  7. Use information technology to access, evaluate, and interpret public health data.
Leisure Behavior Competencies

In addition to Graduate Core Public Health Competencies and Graduate Epidemiology Competencies for Ph.D. students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in Leisure Behavior students will be able to:

Leisure Behavior Research Competencies
  1. Critically analyze scientific literature related to leisure behavior and identify the strengths and weaknesses of the research in the field.
  2. Develop research questions and approaches to answering these questions based on significance of the issue and identification of gaps in knowledge.
  3. Design and conduct rigorous research in leisure behavior following standards and practices acceptable in field.
  4. Select, apply, and interpret analytic methods appropriate in leisure behavior research.
  5. Effectively communicate and disseminate research findings through refereed publications and scientific presentations.
  6. Integrate advanced knowledge through linking theory, research, and practice in leisure behavior.
Analytic Research Competencies
  1. Conduct and interpret the findings of such statistical analyses as paired- and independent-samples t-tests, simple and factorial analysis of variance, correlations, multiple regression analyses, and chi-square tests.
  2. Explain when and how the major fundamental statistical techniques can be used to answer common parametric and nonparametric research questions in public health.
  3. Apply statistical methods to check assumptions of and conduct analyses using major multivariate techniques.
  4. Explain when and how the major multivariate techniques can be used to answer common quantitative research questions in public health.
  5. Explain general principles of study design in attempting to identify risk factors for disease, isolate targets for prevention, and assess the effectiveness of public health interventions.
  6. Apply probabilistic and statistical reasoning to structure thinking and solve a wide range of problems in public health.
  7. Use information technology to access, evaluate, and interpret public health data.