The structure of the core competencies in this document is arbitrary and proposed for easy reference. A competency is a combination of knowledge, skills and abilities/attitude that are critical to perform a task
effectively.The domain of a core competency is the set of all possible knowledge, skill/s and ability titles that allows the function of the competency.
Sub-domains are a set of activity titles within a particular domain that allows the function of the domain.

Activities are performance that leads to knowledge skills or abilities. Core competencies listed in this document are defined for mid-career and above professionals based on the definition of public health microbiology by NMFPs. These core competencies are either well-established and in use by other programmes/ disciplines or specifically developed for the EUPHEM programme. Mid-career is defined as at least three years experience in the area of microbiology after post-graduate studies (Master or equivalent) or having a PhD in microbiology or equivalent (clinical microbiology specialisation). An example of a professional profile after training would be that of a head of a laboratory within a public health microbiology institute (e.g. reference diagnostics, surveillance, preparedness, response activities, etc.). Despite the risk of creating artificial categories, this approach was chosen to facilitate the process.

Core Competency Main Domains of Competency Sub-Domains Performance Indicator
Public Health Microbiology and Communication Public Health Microbiology Management General PHM Management Describe the added value of public health microbiology for public health
Apply principle of scientific communication to peers, stakeholders and media/public
Recognize security issues
Know the role of different agencies
Identify the elements of stress management
Knowledge of planning outbreak responses at national and international level Identify interdisciplinary needs between health-care professionals and front line responders
Implement lessons learned from planned exercises
Infection Control Plan and implement infection control processes within field studies
Responses to epidemics of severe nature Identify key elements of social mobilisation
Identify basic laboratory requirements in the field
Rapid assessment techniques Use rapid assessment techniques in the early phase
Use relevant indicators to monitor intervention
Team Building and negotiation Be an effective team leader, adopting the role needed to contribute constructively to the accomplishments of tasks by the group

Promote collaborations, partnerships and team building to accomplish public health microbiology programme objectives

Build up multidisciplinary partnerships to support microbiological investigations
Mutually identify those interests that are shared, opposed or different with the other party to achieve good collaborations and conflict management
Ethics and Integrity Respect and adhere to ethical principles regarding human welfare when planning studies, conducting research, and collecting, disseminating and analysing data
Apply relevant laws to data collection, management, dissemination and use of information
Adhere to ethical principles regarding data protection and confidentiality regarding any information obtained as part of professional activity
Handle conflicts of interests
Laboratory Management Identify and apply best laboratory techniques Apply appropriate sampling strategies
Apply appropriate laboratory investigations and sampling preparation techniques