The competencies below are the core competencies for EU public health epidemiologists in communicable disease surveillance and response, as published by the ECDC.

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Field Epidemiology competencies
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Domain 1.1.1.: Public health science01. Use current knowledge of epidemiology of diseases to guide public health or epidemiological practice.1
Domain 1.1.1.: Public health science02. Provide epidemiological input to develop measurable relevant objectives of public health programmes.0
Domain 1.1.1.: Public health science03. Use knowledge of specific sociological and cultural factors in the population to conduct studies and recommend public health actions relevant for the affected community.3
Domain 1.1.2.: Public health policy04. Understand and analyse legal public health policy documents at local, national and European level.2
Domain 1.1.2.: Public health policy05. Use epidemiological findings to plan public health programmes.4
Domain 1.1.2.: Public health policy06. Implement public health programmes: translate policy into public health practice.2
Domain 1.1.2.: Public health policy07. Identify effective health promotion measures for specific problems.2
Domain 1.1.2.: Public health policy08. Identify appropriate health prevention measures for specific problems.3
Domain 1.1.2.: Public health policy09. Evaluate the impact of an intervention on population health.1
Domain 1.1.2.: Public health policy10. Measure health outcomes to guide decision making in prevention strategy.2
Domain 1.1.2.: Public health policy11. Use evaluation results of programme progress towards objectives and outcomes in further programme planning and modification.1
Domain 1.1.2.: Public health policy12. Identify an appropriate public health intervention based on surveillance data.1
Domain 1.2.1.: Risk Assessment13. Identify sources of information about potential public health threats.6
Domain 1.2.1.: Risk Assessment14. Conduct risk assessments: verify, using critical thinking, if a public health problem exists and describe its magnitude.2
Domain 1.2.1.: Risk Assessment15. Identify surveillance data needs for risk assessments of public health threats.1
Domain 1.2.2.: Public health surveillance16. Run a surveillance system.0
Domain 1.2.2.: Public health surveillance17. Conduct surveillance data management.0
Domain 1.2.2.: Public health surveillance18. Perform descriptive analysis of surveillance data.0
Domain 1.2.2.: Public health surveillance19. Interpret disease and public health events trends from time series analysis.0
Domain 1.2.2.: Public health surveillance20. Identify key findings from surveillance data analysis and draw conclusions.0
Domain 1.2.2.: Public health surveillance21. Evaluate surveillance systems.0
Domain 1.2.2.: Public health surveillance22. Recognise the need for and set up a new surveillance system.2
Domain 1.2.2.: Public health surveillance23. Use event-based surveillance, also called epidemic intelligence, to detect health threats.5
Domain 1.2.2.: Public health surveillance24. Be familiar with laws on surveillance and reporting of communicable diseases at national, EU level and globally (International Health Regulations).3
Domain 1.2.3.: Outbreak investigation25. Create a case definition and adjust it as necessary during the investigation.4
Domain 1.2.3.: Outbreak investigation26. Describe the outbreak in terms of person, place and time.3
Domain 1.2.3.: Outbreak investigation27. Generate hypothesis about the cause and/or risk factors of the outbreak.5
Domain 1.2.3.: Outbreak investigation28. Conduct analytical epidemiological investigation to identify the source.5
Domain 1.2.3.: Outbreak investigation29. Recommend appropriate evidence based measures to control the outbreak.5
Domain 1.2.3.: Outbreak investigation30. Report and present results of an investigation.4
Domain 1.2.4.: Epidemiological studies31. Write a study protocol using investigation techniques consistent with the public health problem.2
Domain 1.2.4.: Epidemiological studies32. Conduct epidemiological studies.3
Domain 1.2.4.: Epidemiological studies33. Report and present results of a study.4
Domain 1.2.4.: Epidemiological studies34. Recommend evidence-based interventions in response to epidemiological findings.4
Domain 1.2.5.: Infectious diseases35. Be familiar with transmission dynamics of infectious diseases.4
Domain 1.2.6.: Laboratory issues36. Interpret the diagnostic and epidemiological significance of reports from laboratory tests.1
Domain 1.2.6.: Laboratory issues37. Be familiar with different methods for diagnosis and typing, including molecular tests.2
Domain 1.2.6.: Laboratory issues38. Communicate effectively with the laboratory team.2
Domain 1.2.7.: Public health guidance39. Identify, review and assess relevant literature and other evidence.2
Domain 1.2.7.: Public health guidance40. Develop evidence based guidelines for surveillance, prevention and control of communicable diseases and other acute public health events.2
Domain 1.2.7.: Public health guidance41. Identify appropriate target groups for guidelines.3
Domain 2.1.1.: Probability42. Apply basic concepts of probability.0
Domain 2.1.2: Inferential statistics43. Calculate and interpret point estimates and confidence intervals of measures of central tendency and dispersion.0
Domain 2.1.2: Inferential statistics44. Calculate and interpret point estimates and confidence intervals of measures of disease frequency.0
Domain 2.1.2: Inferential statistics45. Calculate and interpret point estimates and confidence intervals of measures of association and impact.0
Domain 2.1.2: Inferential statistics46. Calculate and interpret significance tests.0
Domain 2.1.3.: Sampling47. Select an appropriate sampling strategy.2
Domain 2.2.1.: Internet48. Use internet sources to conduct literature search.2
Domain 2.2.1.: Internet49. Use web-enabled databases.0
Domain 2.2.2.: Statistical and other data analysis50. Use database software packages for entering and managing data.0
Domain 2.2.2.: Statistical and other data analysis51. Use software packages for statistical analysis (measures of association, testing, and logistic regression).0
Domain 2.2.2.: Statistical and other data analysis52. Draw conclusions from the results of analysis.1
Domain 2.2.3.: Editing and presentations53. Use software for writing, editing and creating presentations.0
Domain 2.3.1.: Risk communication54. Apply the basic principles of risk communication, adjusting the message when presenting results of an investigation to different audiences: media, general public, professionals and policy makers.7
Domain 2.3.2.: Written communication55. Write a report of an epidemiological investigation for decision makers.4
Domain 2.3.2.: Written communication56. Write an article for a scientific journal.2
Domain 2.3.2.: Written communication57. Write an abstract.4
Domain 2.3.2.: Written communication58. Write a press release.0
Domain 2.3.2.: Written communication59. Produce documents, reports, letters, meeting minutes, etc.0
Domain 2.3.3.: Oral communication60. Incorporate interpersonal skills in communication with colleagues and with the other audiences.1
Domain 2.3.3.: Oral communication61. Analyse and synthesise main points in a speech.0
Domain 2.3.3.: Oral communication62. Provide objective feedback (descriptive, rather than judgemental).1
Domain 2.3.4.: Use of new communication technologies63. Use communication technologies (videoconference, teleconference, e-mail, etc.) effectively.0
Domain 2.4.1.: Planning and use of resources64. Plan, prioritise and schedule tasks in a project.2
Domain 2.4.1.: Planning and use of resources65. Monitor progress and quality against specific targets, adjust schedules and make changes if necessary.1
Domain 2.4.1.: Planning and use of resources66. Manage available resources (staff, time, budget, etc) effectively.3
Domain 2.4.1.: Planning and use of resources67. Conduct epidemiological activities within the financial and operational planning context.1
Domain 2.4.1.: Planning and use of resources68. Prepare an activity report.2
Domain 2.4.2.: Team building and negotiation69. Be an effective team member, adopting the role needed to contribute constructively to the accomplishment of tasks by the group (including leadership).3
Domain 2.4.2.: Team building and negotiation70. Promote collaborations, partnerships and team building to accomplish epidemiology programme objectives.1
Domain 2.4.2.: Team building and negotiation71. Develop community partnerships to support epidemiological investigations.1
Domain 2.4.2.: Team building and negotiation72. Mutually identify those interests that are shared, opposed or different with the other party to achieve good collaborations and conflict management.1
Domain 2.5.1.: Mentorship73. Mentor peers or junior epidemiologists.0
Domain 2.5.1.: Mentorship74. Assist others to clarify thinking, create consensus, and develop ideas into actionable plans.0
Domain 2.5.2.: Training75. Train junior epidemiologists.0
Domain 2.6.1.: Protection of individuals76. Respect and adhere to ethical principles regarding human welfare.1
Domain 2.6.1.: Protection of individuals77. Follow ethics principles and guidelines for planning studies, conducting research, and collecting disseminating and using data.3
Domain 2.6.1.: Protection of individuals78. Apply relevant laws to data collection, management, dissemination and use of information.1
Domain 2.6.2.: Confidentiality79. Respect and adhere to ethical principles regarding data protection and confidentiality regarding any information obtained as part of the professional activity.1
Domain 2.6.3.: Conflicts of interests80. Handle conflicts of interests.1

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