The teaching of the course draws heavily on the expertise of the Institute of Public Health, and also on wider expertise within the University and Region.

The course uses a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, practical exercises, one-to-one supervisions and self-directed learning. Throughout the course, students are able to draw on the research expertise within the Institute of Public Health.

Term One:

During this term, students gain core knowledge and skills in epidemiology and statistics including:

  1. Basic epidemiological principles
  2. classical epidemiological literature
  3. biostatistical methods
  4. study design and conduct
  5. computing, including management of databases and software for data analysis.

Terms Two and Three:


This term, and for the beginning of the third term, students undertake a series of modules in specialist areas of epidemiology. These modules draw heavily on the current research programmes within the Institute. Examples of the Epidemiology modules offered include:

  1. Study design
  2. Communicable disease
  3. Genetic epidemiology
  4. Environmental epidemiology
  5. Chronic disease epidemiology
  6. Nutrition and physical activity
  7. Clinical trials
  8. Psychiatric epidemiology

In addition, there is a parallel series of dedicated public health modules covering:

  1. Social sciences
  2. Management
  3. Health protection
  4. Health promotion
  5. Public health assessment (the detailed content of this module is accessible here)
  6. Ethics and law
  7. Health economics


Most of the final term is dedicated to preparation of a 20,000 word thesis based on an individual piece of research, usually within the overall programme of the Institute of Public Health.