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What Are the Competencies of Public Health Epidemiologists?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) convened an expert panel to develop Competencies for Applied Epidemiologists (AECs) in Governmental Public Health Agencies. These competencies were intended to improve the practice of public health epidemiology by providing a comprehensive list of tasks that epidemiologists in government practice should be able to do. They describe functional, analytical, and managerial competencies in four tiers — 1) entry-level or basic, 2) mid-level, 3) supervisory, and 4) and senior scientist/researcher.

The AECs were developed within the framework of the eight skill domains of the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals — a product of the Council on Linkages between Academia and Public Health Practice — and are consistent with the larger field of public health practice. The report of this effort can be found on CSTE's web site here.