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Learning objectives of the course

The MSc course in Global Health Science 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.

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.

A comprehensive series of Masterclasses led by local and/or visiting leading experts in global health science is also included.

The taught element is followed by examinations, after which students will 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.