Barbara L. Greenberg, Ph.D.
Director of MPH Studies Epidemiology:
Maureen Kennedy, Dr.PH.
914-594-3570 / 914-594-4804
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The MPH degree in Epidemiology provides students with the knowledge and quantitative skills necessary to participate in the areas of medical, clinical, and public health research. It has been designed for those whose undergraduate degrees are in the fields of biology, mathematics, psychology, or other health sciences related areas, and for those with a keen interest in medical, clinical, and public health research.
A graduate of the MPH program in Epidemiology is expected to achieve the following program (P) competencies:
EPI P1 - Calculate and interpret standard epidemiological measures of disease rates (e.g., prevalence, incidence, risk ratio, case fatality rate), measures of disease association, accuracy and reproducibility (e.g., sensitivity, kappa).
EPI P2 - Compare the advantages, disadvantages, and features of epidemiologic study designs, and systems used to address public health problems. Describe the appropriate effect measures associated with each design or system and determine when each is appropriate to utilize to address a research or public health question.
EPI P3 - Understand issues relating to sampling, sample size, conduct power estimations and their effect on study design.
EPI P4 - Understand the differences between association and causation and the effects of chance, bias confounding, and effect modification on the analytic approach and interpretation of these concepts/results.
EPI P5 - Understand the components of a research proposal and identify the basic requirements of ethical research including informed consent, and protection of the rights of human subjects.
EPI P6 - Identify, apply , and interpret the appropriate statistic measure using categorical and continuous outcomes using univariate, bivariate and multivariate methods.
EPI P7 - Manipulate a dataset and analyze data using a standard statistical software package
EPI P8 - Conduct an epidemiological investigation (e.g., cross sectional study) using newly collected or existing data, and prepare a report of the investigation
EPI P9 - Apply critical thinking to develop research hypotheses and to develop an analytic plan
EPI P10 - Communicate epidemiological findings and implications effectively in both oral and written formats to a professional or lay audience and demonstrate the ability to participate effectively in group discussions.
Competencies updated: May 2014
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