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Charting a future for epidemiologic training

  • Author(s): Brownson, RC
  • Samet, JM
  • Chavez, GF
  • Davies, MM
  • Galea, S
  • Hiatt, RA
  • Hornung, CA
  • Khoury, MJ
  • Koo, D
  • Mays, VM
  • Remington, P
  • Yarber, L
  • et al.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.annepidem.2015.03.002
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Abstract

© 2015 Elsevier Inc. Purpose: To identify macro-level trends that are changing the needs of epidemiologic research and practice and to develop and disseminate a set of competencies and recommendations for epidemiologic training that will be responsive to these changing needs. Methods: There were three stages to the project: (1) assembling of a working group of senior epidemiologists from multiple sectors, (2) identifying relevant literature, and (3) conducting key informant interviews with 15 experienced epidemiologists. Results: Twelve macro trends were identified along with associated actions for the field and educational competencies. The macro trends include the following: (1) "Big Data" or informatics, (2) the changing health communication environment, (3) the Affordable Care Act or health care system reform, (4) shifting demographics, (5) globalization, (6) emerging high-throughput technologies (omics), (7) a greater focus on accountability, (8) privacy changes, (9) a greater focus on "upstream" causes of disease, (10) the emergence of translational sciences, (11) the growing centrality of team and transdisciplinary science, and (12) the evolving funding environment. Conclusions: Addressing these issues through curricular change is needed to allow the field of epidemiology to more fully reach and sustain its full potential to benefit population health and remain a scientific discipline that makes critical contributions toward ensuring clinical, social, and population health.

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