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Learning objectives of the course

The MSc in Global Health Science and Epidemiology aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to design, conduct and analyse research studies in population health.

At the end of the course, students should have the knowledge and skills required to:

  • Understand the global burden and major determinants of disease;
  • Describe and discuss the role and contribution of epidemiology to health;
  • Critically appraise, analyse and interpret epidemiological studies;
  • Select, devise and develop appropriate study designs for epidemiological research;
  • Conduct appropriate statistical analyses of epidemiological and health-related data.

course structure

Michaelmas term 

The first term will consist of core topics that form the foundation of learning. Core modules include: 

The first term has a high number of contact hours through lectures, seminars and tutorials. The term will also include the first formative assessments of the course.  

Hilary term 

During the second term, in addition to some continued core content, students must select four of the following eight options for further study: 

This term will also continue teaching of the core modules, include formative assessments, and the first summative assessments of the course. Students will also work on their project proposals for their placements. 

Trinity term and long vacation 

The third term will involve a twelve-week research placement that leads to a dissertation. 

The course is reviewed annually and is subject to minor changes in response to feedback and evaluation.