The MSc Global Health Science is a one-year full-time degree that provides core training in the basic skills of epidemiology and statistics, followed by detailed lectures on the global burden and determinants of disease.
The course is open to graduates in medicine, biomedical science and other numerate disciplines. Admissions for entry in October 2017 are now closed. Admissions for entry in October 2018 will open in September 2017.
For further details about eligibility and the application process, please contact our Graduate Studies Office via [email protected]
The course will provide advanced training in epidemiological principles and procedures and the statistical analysis of epidemiological data, critical appraisal, study design and protocol development together with advanced knowledge and understanding of the global burden of disease and its determinants. This is an intensive course with 15-20 hours of contact time per week throughout the taught component of the course.
The curriculum consists of thirteen compulsory modules:
• Introduction to Global Health Science
• Principles of Epidemiology
• Principles of Statistics
• Non-communicable Diseases
• Communicable Diseases
• Maternal and Child Health
• Health Economics
• Clinical Trials and Meta-analysis
• Nutritional Epidemiology
• Implementation Strategies
• Genetic Epidemiology
• Record Linkage and Bio-informatics
• International Research Ethics
In addition a series of weekly 'masterclasses' is scheduled in which internationally-recognised senior scientists in population health from Oxford, and elsewhere, will give seminars on selected topics. These sessions will be outside of the structure of the core modules, and are intended to provide the students with stimulating materials to integrate population health thinking and perspectives.
Pattern of teaching, learning and supervision
The teaching is delivered through a range of methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, student presentations, self-directed learning and study.
During the first two terms there are a series of formative assessments designed to enable teaching staff to monitor student progress. These marks do not contribute to the final marks. All students are provided with detailed feedback that will enable them to improve their learning by helping them identify their strengths and weaknesses.
There are four summative assessments in total. At the end of the Easter break this includes the submission of a data set analysis and report, and an extended essay. At the beginning of the third term there are two examinations involving two written papers comprising multi-component questions.
Following the written examinations students will undertake a research placement, leading to a dissertation. The purpose of the research placement and dissertation is to develop and deepen an appreciation and understanding of epidemiological concepts and skills learned during the course and to apply to a real world situation through independent study.