This course equips students with the knowledge and statistical skills to make valuable contributions to medical research as well as public health in low-, middle- and high-income countries. Epidemiological methods underpin clinical medical research, public health practice and health care evaluation to investigate the causes of disease and to evaluate interventions to prevent or control disease.
Graduates enter careers in medical research, public health and community medicine, epidemiological field studies, drug manufacturers, government or NGOs.
The Nand Lal Bajaj and Savitri Devi Prize is awarded to the best project each year. The prize was donated by Dr Subhash Chandra Arya, former student, in honour of his parents Dr Nand Lal Bajaj and Mrs Savitri Devi.
Additional requirements for the MSc Epidemiology are:
- evidence of numeracy skills (e.g. A level Mathematics or Statistics or a module with a good mark in their university degree)
- it is preferable for a student to have some work experience in a health-related field
Any prospective student who does not meet the above minimum entry requirement, but who has relevant professional experience, may still be eligible for admission. Please contact the course directors ([email protected]) if you are not sure whether this is the right course for you.
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- demonstrate advanced knowledge and awareness of the role of epidemiology and its contribution to other health-related disciplines
- choose appropriate designs and develop detailed protocols for epidemiological studies
- enter and manage computerised epidemiological data and carry out appropriate statistical analyses
- assess the results of epidemiological studies (their own or other investigators'), including critical appraisal of the study question, study design, methods and conduct, statistical analyses and interpretation
Term 1: All students take the compulsory modules and usually take optional modules.
Compulsory modules are: - Clinical Trials - Epidemiology in Practice - Extended Epidemiology - Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health .
Terms 2 and 3: Students take a total of five modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.).
- Slot 1: Study Design: Writing a Proposal (compulsory)
- Slot 2: Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (compulsory)
- Slot 3: Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases* Medical Anthropology and Public Health* Social Epidemiology* Spatial Epidemiology in Public Health* Applied Communicable Disease Control Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections Current Issues in Safe Motherhood & Perinatal Health Medical Anthropology and Public Health; Nutrition in Emergencies Tropical Environmental Health
- Slot 4: Environmental Epidemiology* Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases* Genetic Epidemiology* Design and Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes Ethics, Public Health & Human Rights; Globalisation & Health; Nutrition Related Chronic Disease
- Slot 5: Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology* AIDS Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries Integrated Vector Management Principles and Practice of Public Health
This course has a compulsory two-day residential retreat outside London. This is held on the Wednesday and Thursday of the first week in Term 1. This is included in the £200 field trip fee.
Day field trip to Oxford
A one-day field trip to Oxford usually takes place in November during reading week. Students are encouraged to attend but it is not a compulsory part of the course.
During the summer months (July - August), students complete a written research project on a topic selected in consultation with their tutor, for submission by early September. This can be a data-analysis of an adequately powered study, a study protocol, a systematic review or an infectious disease modelling study. Students do not usually travel abroad to collect data.