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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

The curriculum comprises 13 compulsory modules of varying length and intensity across three terms. By far the largest of these modules are "Principles of Epidemiology" and "Principles of Statistics", which together account for over one-third of the taught element of the course.

If you wish to study global health policy in resource limited settings please refer to the MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine.


Teaching is delivered during the first two terms (October to March) and for up to two weeks in the third term (April/May) through a range of methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, student presentations, self-directed learning and independent study. All students are allocated to a tutor group of five to six students, and will meet with either their epidemiology or statistics tutor approximately four to five times for tutor-led activities.

In addition to the 13 assessed modules, a number of masterclasses, skills sessions, and journal clubs are organised throughout the course.  

The taught element is followed by examinations, after which students undertake a research placement leading to a dissertation.

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