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Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute


General Remarks

This meeting is organized as an interactive, structured process in order to find
a consensus for core competencies, but with ample room for exchange and discussions. Attendance is restricted to 100 participants, with a goal of achieving broad diversity in terms of career stage (academic epidemiologists, advanced
PhD students and PostDocs), teaching experience, geography and subfields
of epidemiology. Together, participants will work towards a consensus on core competencies for epidemiologists that we expect to be important for our current
and future roles in health research. These core competencies would also be the foundation of curricula to be taught in graduate programs.

Starting from a preliminary set of core competencies that were elaborated during
an earlier meeting this year, we will discuss current and future opportunities and challenges in our field (e.g., students having more diverse professional backgrounds, big data, personalized health, digitalization, etc.). Against the background of
these developments, we will identify the need for refining or adding further core competencies. Finally, we will explore how these novel core competencies may
be integrated into current curricula and brainstorm on innovative teaching methods.



  1. To identify and agree on traditional and “emerging” core competencies for epidemiologists
  2. To discuss how curricula for MSc and PhD programs in
    epidemiology could be adapted to help students acquire traditional and “emerging” core competencies
  3. To have 1-2 papers on the above to share the results of the conference with the community of epidemiologists
  4. To agree on how to proceed after the conference
    (i.e. organize exchange among schools, follow-up meeting, papers)


Tuesday, 26 June 2018



Registration at meeting venue
(University of Zürich: Rämistrasse 59, 8001 Zürich)

  9:00 – 9:30

Session 1: Introduction
The role of core competencies in Epidemiology (plenary)

  9:30 – 10:30

Session 2: WORKSHOP
Interactive evaluation of current
core competencies (break-out groups)

10:30 – 11:00


11:00 – 12:30

Session 3: Input Talks
The future role of epidemiology in big-data,
personalized and digital health research (plenary)

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:30

Session 3: Inspirational Talk
Why epidemiologists do not need to be afraid of the future

14:30 – 16:00

Session 4: WORKSHOP
Reflecting on Epidemiology core
competencies for the future (break-out groups)

16:00 – 16:30


16:30 – 17:00

Wrap-up of WORKSHOP discussions (plenary)

17:00 – 18:00

Session A: Experience EXCHANGE
Current epidemiology core competencies
in the current curricula (break-out groups)


Dinner in the UniTurm Restaurant


Wednesday, 27 June 2018

  08:45 – 09:00

Meet up and Grab-a-coffee

  09:00 – 10:00

Session 5: WORLD CAFÉ
Feedback on future core competencies

  10:00 – 10:15

Wrap-up of the WORLD CAFÉ (plenary))

  10:15 – 11:30 Session B: DISCUSSION
What are the implications of the consensus
core competencies for curricula and teaching? (plenary)
  11:30 – 12:00 Where do we go from here?
What do we need to do next? (plenary)

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