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Module leads

BSc, MSc, DPhil Sarah Lewington - Professor of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, Director of Graduate Studies (Taught courses) Sarah Lewington

BSc MSc PhD Sarah Floud - Associate ProfessorSarah Floud


Learning objectives:

  • To have a clear outline of the global burden of disease;

  • To understand what drives the incidence of disease in terms of population at risk and prevalence of exposures;

  • To understand how preventive measures and effective treatments have greatly reduced mortality rates;

  • To know how the evidence emerged about some of the major causes of premature death. 


  1. Halving premature death
  2. Infectious disease and major epidemics
  3. Global burden of cardiovascular disease
  4. Global burden of respiratory disease
  5. Global burden of maternal and child health
  6. Global burden of injury
  7. Epidemiology of dementia
  8. Global burden of cancer 
  9. Global burden of communicable diseases
  10. Global burden of NCDs and global impact