Applying for Certification in the Epidemiology Specialty
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Requirements to Apply for the Epidemiology Specialty Certification

 

Candidates must:

1.      Be a Diplomate of the ACVPM, 

2.      Have two (2) years of experience in epidemiology within five years of application. Time spent in a residency or graduate program with a focus on epidemiology does qualify toward the years of experience, 

3.      Demonstrate competency in teaching of epidemiology, epidemiological research, or practice that has contributed to the development of epidemiology by: 

a.       providing evidence of co-authorship of at least one scientific article in the peer-reviewed literature within five years previous to application, 

OR

b.      if a manuscript has been submitted but is not published at the time of application, providing a letter from a collaborating researcher, faculty advisory, or epidemiologist (i.e., co-author with evidence of peer-reviewed scientific publications ) stating that the applicant has co-authored a scientific manuscript and submitted it for peer-review and publication within the 12 months prior to application. At least 60 days prior to sitting for the examination, the applicant must submit an acknowledgement from a peer-reviewed journal that the manuscript was submitted and accepted for publication, 

OR 

c.       if the applicant wishes to satisfy this requirement through a non-peer reviewed major report (e.g., surveillance report, program monitoring report) in which she/he had a substantial role in analysis and preparation, submitting the report or a link to a publicly available version together with a detailed description of the applicant’s role in the analysis and preparation of the report, 

4.      Provide letters of reference (to be dated within one year of the date of application submission) from at least three Diplomates of the ACVPM or nationally recognized epidemiologists, to include one person who was responsible for a significant portion of the candidate’s training in epidemiology, and 

   5.  Pass the certifying examination as established by the Epidemiology Specialty Examination Committee.

 

 

Application and Examination Fees for 2021 Candidates: 

  • $50 covers the application and examination fees
  • $125 certification fee payable upon successful completion of the exam
  • $50 annual dues thereafter to maintain active epidemiology specialty status 

 

Important Dates

  • The 2020 Epi Specialty Exam application process is closed.
  • The 2021 Epi Specialty Exam application process will open in mid-2020.  Check this page for more information.

 

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