EMD Competencies

Upon obtaining an MPH degree in the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, the student will be able to:
  • Define the scope and worldwide impact of infectious diseases.
  • Describe the processes that drive transmission and maintenance of infectious agents.
  • Describe the epidemiology of the major infectious diseases worldwide as well as risk exposures and behaviors as these relate to transmission.
  • Describe the host genetic and immunologic factors that affect transmission and disease progression.
  • Describe pathogen-related determinants that contribute to transmission and disease.
  • Explain the interrelationship between the environment and the emergence and maintenance of infectious diseases in populations.
  • Describe and critically evaluate approaches for the prevention and control of infectious diseases and define the key issues to their effective use.
  • Apply principles and concepts obtained through coursework to design and implement studies on the etiology, detection, prevention or control of infectious diseases in the laboratory and field.
  • Define the ethical challenges in infectious disease research.