Welcome to the SELF-Evaluation 

During the Applied Epidemiology Competencies Self-Evaluation, you will have the opportunity to assess your knowledge, skills and abilities in each of the 7 domains of the AECs. Please read instructions below on how to navigate through the assessment.

How To Complete the Self-Evaluation

At the bottom of this page, select ‘Start Assessment’

Complete the demographic questions (e.g., where do you work, how long have you worked in epidemiology). These questions help us better understand the workforce and who is responding to the assessment.

Select the tier that best represents your skill level for Domain I. The tiers are Foundational, Intermediate, Practiced and Advanced. The descriptions for each can be found below.

Read each sub-competency and rate your skill level from 1 (I am unaware or have very little knowledge of the skill) to 4 (I am very comfortable, considered an expert, and/or could teach this skill to others).

After you have rated yourself on all sub-competencies in the domain, you will be prompted to move to the next domain. You will again have the opportunity to select a tier for this next domain.

When you have completed the assessment for all 7 domains, you will receive an email report with your score results.

Assessment Tiers

Tier 1: Foundational

Individuals with these skills are those who are completing academic programs or
are early in their public health careers; still gaining training or applied experience on the job. These individuals require supervision when performing most tasks.
Their responsibilities include describing factors affecting community health;
identifying epidemiologic data and surveillance system needs; collecting
surveillance data; identifying the roles and resources provided by epidemiologists
and other public health professionals; and assisting in collaborations with internal
and external program resources.

Tier 2: Intermediate

Individuals with these skills are those who administer epidemiology programs and projects, often independently. These individuals may require supervision while managing larger or more complex programs or projects and other tasks. Their responsibilities include conducting epidemiological investigations; communicating epidemiological findings to diverse audiences; defining public health actions and interventions; collaborating
with others to perform epidemiologic activities; and applying data to support
public health policies, services, and programs.

Tier 3: Practiced

Individuals with these skills are those with subject matter expertise or who manage epidemiology programs and resources that may include finances and personnel. These individuals perform their job duties independently and may supervise others
on a project-by-project basis or all the time. Their responsibilities include systems thinking; development of surveillance systems; interpreting the results of epidemiologic investigations and surveillance; evaluating the suitability of data collection, databases, and program objectives.

Tier 4: Advanced

Individuals with these skills are those who typically hold senior positions within
organizations, demonstrate leadership, and are visionaries. These individuals require no supervision for their job duties but may supervise and mentor others.
Their responsibilities include communicating epidemiologic program needs to internal and external collaborators; analyzing programs, staffing needs, and policies relating to epidemiology; administering financial and personnel resources; evaluating database generation and surveillance systems; advocating for health equity, a diverse workforce, and program needs.

Scoring Options

These are the scoring options for assessing yourself against each competency

1 = None

I am unaware or have very little knowledge of the skill.

2 = Aware

I am aware but have limited knowledge or ability to apply the skill.

3 = Knowledgeable

I am comfortable with my knowledge or ability to apply the skill.

4 = Proficient

I am very comfortable, considered an expert, and/or could teach
this skill to others.



The sub-competency is not applicable or expected for the position and/or tier being assessed.