Generalist Track Competencies

  • Critically synthesize the public health research and practice literature for a selected public health topic

  • Assess the reliability and validity of research methods

  • Assess epidemiological study types using the hierarchy of evidence

  • Critically evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiological studies  

  • Develop written and oral policy communications to influence decision-makers  

  • Determine factors influencing successful policy implementation

  • Evaluate the role of government and financing in shaping health policy and health outcomes

  • Analyze the geographic and demographic distribution of diseases in the U.S. and globally

  • Identify mitigation strategies for regional, national, and global diseases

  • Apply skills in evaluation design and implementation to public health programs

  • Assess the ways in which disparities affect the health status of populations 

  • Create an advocacy campaign for a community organization, keeping in mind organizational considerations, constituents, targets, and long-term goals

  • Apply knowledge and awareness of community needs to develop recommendations for effective community-level public health interventions or local policy changes

  • Develop a budget for a public health program

  • Identify funding sources for public health programs and construct a grant proposal

  • Identify core concepts from behavioral science and behavioral economics and their relevance for public health programs

  • Identify and critically evaluate effective health-related behavior change strategies.

  • Create a deterministic model of the transmission and control of an infectious disease, including the model equations, the formula for reproduction ratio, and derivation step

  • Discuss of the advantages and disadvantages of agent-based models compared to deterministic models of disease transmission

  • Describe the use of agent-based models to evaluate public health interventions for the control of infectious diseases – Written report on an agent based, spatial stochastic model, or network model

  • Create a codebook and use it to conduct a thematic analysis of qualitative data such as interview transcripts and/or observation notes

  • Apply awareness of research ethics and participant relationships when conducting interviews or observations at the individual or community level

  • Develop novel explanatory theories to answer research questions based on analysis of qualitative data

 

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