Epidemiology (Distance Learning) (MSc/PGDip/PGCert)

Online London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine    Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health

Full time & Part time September MSc, PGCert, PGDip 2-5 years (PGCert: 1-5 years)
Biological Sciences (4) Mathematics (25)

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The Epidemiology (Distance Learning) programme at the University of London is designed to provide comprehensive training in epidemiology for professionals in academic departments, research units, and health services. This programme is crucial for individuals involved in medical research, public health practice, and healthcare evaluation. It offers flexible study options, allowing you to learn at your own pace and complete the course within 1-5 years. The programme consists of a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and MSc, with various module options to choose from. Entry requirements include a first or second class honours degree or equivalent, preferably in health-related disciplines or statistics. Work experience in a health sciences or healthcare setting is desirable but not essential.

About the course

These programmes provide epidemiological training for professionals in academic departments, research units, or in the health services.

Epidemiology is the key discipline underlying medical research, public health practice and health care evaluation. The understanding of its principles and practice is crucial for those involved in the design or assessment of epidemiological studies and programme evaluation. Epidemiological methods are also used to describe the size and nature of health problems, to investigate the aetiology of specific diseases, and to evaluate the impact of interventions for treating and preventing ill health.

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Entry Requirements

A first or second class honours degree or equivalent, from a university or other institution acceptable to the University of London, in health-related disciplines or in statistics or another appropriate subject. Work experience in a health sciences or health care setting is desirable but not essential.

Applicants with an appropriate professional or technical qualification in a health-related field, which satisfies the University as a qualification equivalent to a second class honours degree, together with at least three years’ relevant experience, may also be considered on an individual basis.

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Student Profiles

Christine Blaser

I was looking for a university offering a part-time epidemiology program with an excellent record of research, training and public health relevance which would allow me to integrate local academia or a research centre upon completion of the degree. I had contacted the directors of two local full-time only Master programs in epidemiology that for their opinion about the reputation of the School and recognition of their diplomas. They highly recommended the school for its solid program and very qualified professors. They underlined that they would be happy to take me on as a PhD student after my Masters’ studies at the School “because at the School the students learn to think”.

My experience of studying at School was very satisfying. The program offered the intellectual challenge I was looking for. Assignments contained the right balance between simple application of textbook knowledge and thorough practice of analytical and methodological skills, including the use of statistical software. Distance learning allows the student to develop excellent planning skills and self-discipline as well as ability to prioritize tasks and overcome obstacles, all of which can be sought-after competences in the job market. The international student body as well as the exposure to the European teaching approach procured me with invaluable insights for collaborative multinational research. Since graduation I’ve had three successful job interviews during which the excellence of the School was emphasized. I chose to work as project coordinator in a university research centre documenting and harmonizing data from many international epidemiological studies.

Johan Lerbech Vinther

My academic background is in social science and the studies of sociology, however working within the research field of public health and epidemiology the last four years made me pursue an MSc in Epidemiology at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

The rationale for choosing the School was primarily due to the fact that it is the leading university within Public Health and Epidemiology research. I chose the MSc Epidemiology, as it combines well with Sociology, and gives me a range of methodological tools from health science, which strengthens my multi-disciplinary profile.

Most memorable from this experience at the School is the stimulating academic and social environment. The year is quite intense, but the quality and expertise given by internal and external speakers diminish this. Another aspect is the diversity within students and staff, which is an evident challenge. However awareness and respect from every party minimizes this and converts it into a vital personal and educational experience – a strength that improves the atmosphere at Keppel St, which must be attributed to the School.

After graduating at the School, I’ll return to Denmark pursuing a career within research encapsulating my areas of passion; sociology and public health, either in the private sector within consultancy or as part of a PhD.

Shameq Sayeed

I graduated from Oxford University in 2009, then worked as a junior doctor for 2 years. Whilst I’d begun to develop a strong clinical foundation, I felt I lacked a broader view of population and global health and the research and policy that informs and drives changes therein.

Over 2 years as a Clinical Research Fellow with INDOX and the Cancer Epidemiology Unit in Oxford, I was fortunate to be able to do a part-time MSc in Epidemiology, which has helped provide that breadth through very accessible teaching of methodology whilst considering the wider context of epidemiology and clinical research. The School has provided a stimulating environment to learn from leading academics and interact with students from across the world.

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