The MediPIET training programme and the MediPIET fellowship builds core competencies through facilitating acquisition of (1) knowledge, (2) skills and (3) attitudes. MEDIPIET uses the core competencies as a reference framework to:

  • Define the pre-requisite for selection of candidates and the learning objectives to be reached at the end of the two-year fellowship;
  • Organize and update the curriculum, including modules;
  • Monitor progress of fellows’ acquisition of competencies and aid planning of learning activities.


Definition used based on Core competencies for EU public health epidemiologists in communicable disease surveillance and response, Second revised edition, ECDC, 2010

A competency is a combination of knowledge, skills and abilities that a professional must demonstrate and that are essential to performing work effectively. Any competency statement should consist of the following elements:

  • action verb (observable or measurable performance of a worker)
  • content (subject matter, type of performance, specific task)
  • context (limitations or conditions of work environment).

Core competency

The term ‘core’ indicates that the competencies are considered minimum prerequisites for all field epidemiologists, regardless of their administrative level (international, national, sub-national, local, etc.) in the public health system. Core competencies apply to all professionals in this field. Core competencies are grouped by category specific to the profession or those common with other professions and subdivided by areas and domains, groups of competencies, organized according to a specific area of knowledge or skills involved.

Knowledge – Familiarity, awareness, or understanding gained through experience or study

Skills – Ability, proficiency, facility, or dexterity that is acquired or developed through training or experience

Curriculum – Set of courses and their contents offered by an institution, such as a school or university as part of a training programme