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Population Health - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

The Population Health MSc will provide the core skills needed to work in public health, as well as offering a wide range of optional modules which can be targeted towards a range of careers in or parallel to this area including: health policy, programme management, health inequalities, and urban and environmental planning.

Degree information

Students will learn how to define and measure health, understand the role of socioeconomic and behavioural determinants of health, appreciate how health systems and public policy impact on health, and learn how to evaluate interventions to improve population health.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits), full-time nine months, flexible study 2-5 years, is offered. Students take four core modules (60 credits) and four optional modules (60 credits). A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), full-time nine months, flexible study two years, is offered. Students take three core modules (45 credits) and one optional module (15 credits).

Core modules
-Core Concepts in Population Health (to be confirmed)
-Epidemiology or Epidemiology and Infectious Disease
-Health Systems in a Global Context
-Basic Statistics for Medical Science

Optional modules
-Advanced Statistical Modelling
-Climate Change and Health
-Economic Evaluation of Health Care
-Evaluating Interventions
-Health Inequalities Over the Life Course
-Health-related Behaviours and Cognitions
-Immunisation and Communicable Diseases
-Physical and Mental Health, Stress and Aging
-Qualitative Research Methods in Health Research
-Quality Improvement in Health Care
-Reproductive Health
-Research Methods in Social Epidemiology
-Sexual Health Programming in Low and Middle Income Countries
-Urban Health
-Using Informatics in Healthcare

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 7,500 words. An oral presentation and a lay summary of 500 words are also required. The dissertation can include primary research, secondary data analysis, a literature review or a project proposal in a field related to population health.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorials. Assessment is through a variety of methods, including essays, unseen examinations, project proposals and oral presentations. Students will also write a research dissertation of 7,500 words, along with an oral presentation and a lay summary of 500 words.


Students interested in careers in public health, health policy and healthcare management - as well in associated areas such as urban and environmental planning and health financing - will benefit from the knowledge and transferrable skills gained during this programme.

Students will gain interdisciplinary skills and knowledge in population health which are core to careers in the health sector and beyond. Optional modules will enable students to focus the development of their skills in research methods; public health and health systems; sexual health and infectious disease; and health across the life-course. Discussions on the policy and practice of population health will help students become engaged and critical thinkers about real-world problems.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL has a worldwide reputation in understanding health inequalities, and the social determinants of population health and causes of diseases. Students will benefit both from learning from and networking with leaders in these fields. UCL can also bring the full power of a multi-faculty university to bear on discussions on population health, involving academics from the wide range of disciplines necessary to tackle some of the most difficult in public health.

Visit the Population Health - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University College London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard; or a professional qualification in a health-related area such as medicine or nursing of an equivalent standard. Relevant research, work or volunteer experience will be viewed favourably. Students without the minimum academic standards may be considered if they have extensive relevant work or research experience.

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