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The MSc in Global Health Science and Epidemiology is a one year full-time course that provides intensive training in epidemiology and statistics to enable students to conduct and interpret research studies in important areas of population health.

why study in oxford?

This is an exciting time to study global health research in the Nuffield Department of Population Health (NDPH). We conduct large-scale epidemiological studies and clinical trials in China, Mexico, India, Russia, in addition to the UK and other developed countries. These studies provide reliable evidence on the burden and determinants of the major causes of premature death.

If current trends continue, it is estimated that >40 million people worldwide will die prematurely (before age 70 years) in 2030, and over half of those deaths will be due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, stroke and cancer. In late middle age (50-69 years), NCDs will account for 80% of all deaths. Due to population growth, about three-quarters of these deaths will occur in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The major causes of NCDs are smoking, blood pressure, alcohol and obesity, which have traditionally been viewed as problems associated with "industrialised" countries, but are now significant public health problems in LMICs. In response to this, an aim of the United Nations 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is  “By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment”.

Who is the course aimed at?

This MSc in Global Health Science and Epidemiology has been designed to provide students with the skills to conduct population health research. Each year we admit 25 top class graduates in medicine, biomedical science and other numerate disciplines, who believe population health research goes beyond national boundaries and can make a difference to people’s lives.