Epidemiology and Biostatistics Student Learning Outcomes and Competencies

Students in the doctoral program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics will demonstrate the following learning outcomes during the course of their study.

PhD EPB Overall Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

Demonstrate systems thinking using epidemiology theory and concepts and through data collection, analysis, interpretation, evidence-based reasoning (SLO 1)


  • Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports.
  • Understand the principles of epidemiologic study design and be able to calculate the appropriate epidemiologic measures for most typical designs.
  • Understand the principles of chronic and infectious disease epidemiology.

Analyze data and research methods using biostatistics theory and concepts (SLO 2)


  • Draw appropriate inferences from data.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of concepts of probability and statistical inference as they apply to problems in public health.
  • Become proficient at and be able to evaluate the strengths and limitations of advanced designs including multivariate linear models, generalized linear models, longitudinal models, mixed effects models, and survival models both parametric and nonparametric.

Integrate biostatistics and epidemiological concepts in study design, implementation, analysis, and results interpretation from databases in the public health and medical research domains​ (SLO 3)


  • Understand the interface between biostatistics and epidemiology.
  • Demonstrate advanced proficiency to apply concepts and methods from these disciplines jointly.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using computing tools commonly encountered in epidemiology and biostatistics.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of research methods used in epidemiology and biostatistics.

Communicate inter-professionally regarding study management processes, problem conceptualization, ethics and core public health knowledge (SLO 4)


  • Demonstrate the ability to review and critically evaluate the literature in a substantive area of research, be able to identify gaps in knowledge and be able to formulate original research hypotheses or statements.
  • Communicate research results orally and in writing to lay and professional audiences.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the public health system in the commonwealth and the country.