Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship Competencies

The PE Fellowship is a competency-based program. Competencies provide the framework for trainings, assignments, and activities fellows participate in while in the program and describing what the fellow should be able to do upon completion of the fellowship. The competencies are also at the core of the planning and evaluation process for the PE Fellowship. They will continue to evolve in order to meet the expanding mission of CDC and public health.

The PE Fellowship’s total program requirements are based upon competencies and encompass both performance requirements and didactic requirements. Training for the PE Fellowship is categorized into one of five domains identified through an inclusive, systematic process. The PE Fellowship domains and competencies are summarized below.

Public Health Science and Practice
  • History and scientific foundation of public health in the United States
  • Population health tools, core public health functions, and the ten essential services
  • Types of public health protection, promotion, and prevention programs
  • Factors that contribute to the success or failure of population health programs
  • Evidence base for population health
  • Assessment of, and factors contributing to, population health problems
Organizational Entities in Public Health Science and Practice
  • United States government entities’ roles, functions, and statutory restrictions in public health protection, promotion, and prevention
  • CDC history, vision, mission, role, organizational structure, priorities, and CDC’s unique organizational culture
  • Roles and functions of key CDC public health partners
Epidemiology Methods, Studies, and Investigations
  • Epidemiology terms, concepts, and prominent historical events
  • Epidemiological aspects of a specific public health problem
  • Design of epidemiology studies and investigations
  • Analytic methods, outcome measures, and measures of disease frequency & association used in epidemiology
  • Methods to control confounding, bias, effect modification, and other threats to validity in epidemiology
Interpersonal and Professional Communication
  • Leverage a range of effective listening techniques when interacting with colleagues
  • Advocacy and inquiry in dialogue with individuals and groups
  • Conflict resolution skills to address concerns, disagreement, and conflict
  • Management of sensitive issues in a diplomatic and non-threatening way
  • Express ideas, technical information, and research results using clear, concise, and accurate oral and written communication, specific to the audience
  • Clear and concise scientific written communication and scientific presentations
Leadership for Emerging Scientists
  • Identify personal strengths, capabilities, limitations, and implications of actions taken
  • Demonstrate resilience to changing situations or overcoming obstacles inhibiting work activities
  • Balance perfection and practicality to work within a fast-paced environment
  • Participate in multidisciplinary project teams to contribute to common goals and solutions and manage conflict among team members
  • Develop positive, productive relationships with colleagues and shareholders
  • Network with CDC and non-CDC colleagues and collaborate with colleagues with divergent perspectives and disciplines
  • Influence project partners and shareholders and defend the use of prevention effectiveness research methods, processes, viewpoints, and tools
  • Perform multiple tasks and professional duties within a multidisciplinary, federal public health agency and complete projects on time
  • Apply cultural sensitivity strategies within a diverse workforce
  • Initiate, promote, and expand individual, team, and organizational learning opportunities
Analysis and Assessment for Prevention Effectiveness
  • Explain prevention effectiveness research methods and use data in support of prevention effectiveness research.
    • Prevention effectiveness research – economic analysis, health services research, policy analysis, operations research
  • Conduct prevention effectiveness research of, or to inform, public health programs, policies, or problems and explain epidemiology methods, studies and investigations.
Policy Analysis and Communication
  • Describe the public health policy assessment and development process
  • Analyze policy options using a range of standard methods
  • Articulate public health policy recommendations
  • Clearly communicate policy options
Page last reviewed: October 18, 2021