Master of Science in Epidemiology

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Program Description

Master of Science in Epidemiology

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

* Funding is available for this course.

The MSc Epidemiology program aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to make valuable contributions to both epidemiological research and public health. Epidemiological methods are used increasingly in medical research, public health practice and health care evaluation to investigate the causes of disease, and to evaluate interventions to prevent or control disease. Epidemiology is a key discipline for understanding and improving global health. This course covers both communicable and non-communicable disease epidemiology.

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.


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: Extended Epidemiology; Statistics; Critical Readings in Epidemiology; Epidemiology in Context. Recommended modules are: Introduction to Computing; Data Management for Epidemiological Studies; Public Health Lecture Series.

In addition, up to two optional modules from the following: Clinical Trials; Molecular Epidemiology for Infectious Diseases; Basic Demographic Methods; Principles of Social Research.

Terms 2 and 3

Students take a total of six modules, one from each timetable slot. Where only one module is shown, this is compulsory. The list below shows recommended modules. Further optional modules are available, after consultation with the Course Directors. The modules offered may change slightly from year to year.

C1: Study Design: Writing a Study Proposal & Grant Application.

C2: Statistical Methods in Epidemiology.

D1: Genetic Epidemiology; Social Epidemiology; Communicable Disease Control in Developed & Middle Income Countries; Predicting Disease in Time & Space.

D2: Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases; Ethics, Public Health & Human Rights; Global Mental Health.

E1: AIDS; Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases; Modelling & The Dynamics of Infectious Diseases.

E2: Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology; Epidemiology & Control of Malaria; Current Issues in Safe Motherhood & Perinatal Health.

It is also possible to mix modes of learning, taking up to two of the modules from the School's distance learning programme instead.

Residential Field Trip

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.

Project Report

Students complete a written research project on a topic selected in consultation with their tutor.

Program Duration

Full-time for one year or part-time over two years. Students taking the course over two years can choose to attend part-time throughout both years (this involves attending the School at least two days each week during term-time) or by split study.

Students taking the course by split study over two years attend full-time for part of Year 1, and then undertake the remainder of the course in Year 2. The split can occur anytime between the Christmas break and the end of the formal teaching in May (IF RETURNING TO WORK A BREAK AT THE MIDDLE OF TERM 2 IN MID FEB MAY BE MORE APPROPRIATE), by prior arrangement with the Course Director. Paper 1 may be taken at the end of Year 1 or at the end of Year 2. Paper 2 must be taken at the end of Year 2. Interested applicants should indicate their choice on the application form.

Entrance Requirements

Either a Second-class Honours degree of a recognised university in science or a related subject, or a degree in medicine.

Candidates should show evidence of numeracy skills (e.g. A level Mathematics or Statistics or a module with a good mark in their university degree). Applications with an appropriate technical qualification, or equivalent qualification and experience from overseas, are also welcomed. It is preferable for candidates to have some work experience in a health-related field.

* Tuition fee: fees status is considered on application.

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Last updated September 28, 2017
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