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Competencies and Content Areas*

Competency 1: Demonstration of advanced knowledge and application of population health theory and concepts.
Content Areas:

  • Biostatistics/statistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Behavioral and social sciences
  • Economics and outcomes research
  • Informatics
  • Health policy
  • Environmental Health

Competency 2: Application of interdisciplinary knowledge/skills to specific areas of population health.Content Areas:

  • Varies; depends on specialization area within population health: health policy, behavior theory, applied health economics, chronic care management, and healthcare quality and patient safety

Competency 3: Application of knowledge of the structures, performance, quality, policy, and environmental context of health care to the formulation of solutions for population health problems and prevention.
Content Areas:

  • Health determinants of population groups
  • Access and use
  • Geographic determinants
  • Financing of health care
  • Health economics
  • Health policy
  • Organization of health care
  • Quality and safety of care

Competency 4: Formulation of population health research questions that are informed by relevant theoretical and conceptual models; systematic reviews of the literature; valid, reliable and generalizable data; and stakeholder needs.
Content Areas:

  • Scientific method and theory
  • Systematic literature review and meta analysis methods
  • Proposal development

Competency 5: Ability to select appropriate study designs to address specific population health research questions.
Content Areas:

  • Quantitative research
  • Qualitative research
  • Mixed method research design

Competency 6: Ability to collect, analyze and/or interpret primary data obtained by survey, surveillance, qualitative, or mixed methods to identify determinants of health.
Content Areas:

  • Survey research
  • Qualitative research
  • Primary data acquisition

Competency 7: Ability to access and manage secondary data from existing public and private sources.Content Areas:

  • Health informatics and the use of statistical software
  • Population health data sources
  • Secondary data acquisition

Competency 8: Implementation of research protocols with standardized procedures that ensure reproducibility of the science.
Content Areas:

  • Research management

Competency 9: Ethical and responsible conduct of research in the design, implementation, and dissemination of population health research.
Content Areas:

  • Human subjects protection
  • Authorship conduct
  • Research ethics

Competency 10: Application of appropriate analytic methods to clarify associations between variables and to identify causal inferences

* Adapted from Forrest et al., BMC Health Services Research, 2009 9:107.