Res Dev Med Educ. 2016;5(1): 36-41.
doi: 10.15171/rdme.2016.008
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Original Research

Complementary Core Competencies for Master of Science in Epidemiology Students

Nayyereh Aminisani 1, Seyed Morteza Shamshirgaran 1,2*, Homayoun Sadeghi Bazargani 1, Mohamad Asghari Jafarabadi 1,2, Saeed Dastgiri 3, Parivin Sarbakhsh 1, Abdorasoul Safaiyan 1, Asghar Mohammadpoorasl 1

1 Statistics and Epidemiology Department, Faculty of Health Sciences, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
2 Injury Epidemiology Prevention Research Centre, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
3 WHO collaborating Centre, Tabriz Health Services Management Research Centre, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran


Introduction: Competency-based education has been recommended in training and education of public health to reduce the gap between traditional teaching and the competencies required in practice. Epidemiology as a fundamental of public health science has come to attention. The aim of this study was to introduce a complementary core competency program for Master of Science (MSc) in epidemiology students in Iran.

Methods: A workgroup in the department of statistics and epidemiology of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences including five epidemiologists and three biostatisticians prepared an outline of complementary core competencies for epidemiology MSc students. In the first step several discussion rounds were done to review the current curriculum, then the workgroup sought students’ opinions to find out about their needs. In addition, a review of the current literature around the topic was done. In the final step the program components were developed by the workgroup and initially implemented.

Results: A complementary program consists of eight domains: general knowledge, problem finding, data analysis and interpretation, communications, management, consultation, leadership skills and professionalism. This program focused on basic competencies and those competencies outside the major field for a graduate of epidemiology to enhance their knowledge, attitude and skills. The program was scheduled to run in the third semester and approximate time for completion was three months.

Conclusion: The development and initial implementation of the complementary core competency program was successful and the authors will attempt to extend the program and evaluate the implementation phase.

Keywords: Epidemiology, Competency, Education, Students, Master of Science
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Submitted: 23 Jan 2017
Revision: 13 May 2016
Accepted: 16 May 2016
ePublished: 30 Jun 2016
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