Gain a prestigious Postgraduate Certificate in Demography and Health by distance learning
This unique online Masters degree offers professional training in population studies that emphasizes health and social epidemiology. It is designed for those interested in acquiring technical expertise in demography and understanding the interlinkages between population studies and health, including fertility, sexual behavior, aging, health inequalities and life expectancy. Graduates from the course would be equipped to pursue careers in public health, academic research of a very wide nature, NGOs, reproductive health programmes, health services, government statistical offices, as well as policy and planning organizations.
The study year starts 1 October. Registered students will not receive study materials until September and access to the School's online learning site opens 1 October. Students are only permitted to study the core modules in their first year of study.
The programme aims to provide a broad training in the theories and methods of demography and population sciences and their application to health, social welfare, and economic development.
Completion of the MSc may allow students to progress to a higher research degree in public health or medicine.
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is the leading postgraduate medical institution in Europe in the subjects of public health and tropical medicine. It was crowned 'University of the Year' at the Times Higher Education Awards 2016 for its 'extraordinary' response to the Ebola crisis.
The Demography and Health modules are delivered through the provision of interactive learning materials supplied online through the School’s online learning site (Moodle) and supported by CD-ROMs, practical workbooks, and textbooks (depending on the module chosen). Students are actively encouraged to participate in web-based discussion boards. Training is also provided in the use of Stata statistical software.
Late application fee
Applicants who submit applications on or after 1 June 2017 will be required to pay an application fee of £100 at the point of submission, which will be deducted from the balance of fees payable upon registration. If the application does not result in registration, the application fee will not be refunded. No application fee will apply to applications submitted on or before 31 May 2017.
How you study
You study independently, at a time and pace that suits you (subject to some programme-specific deadlines) using the comprehensive study materials provided, with support available from academic staff. Once registered, you will be given access to the learning materials for the module(s) you have chosen to study. The module materials will take you through a programme of directed self-study, and indicate how and where you can obtain supplementary study materials and access tutorial support to enhance your studies. Tutors are allocated to each module and are available to answer queries and promote discussion during the study year, through the online Virtual Learning Environment.
We know that if you have a full-time job, family or other commitments, and wish to study at a distance, you will have many calls on your time. Therefore, the Postgraduate Certificate can be completed in 1-5 years and the Postgraduate Diploma or the MSc in 2-5 years, providing some flexibility to plan your studies.
The study year for most modules runs from the beginning of October through to the June exams, while a couple of the EPM modules run from the beginning of January through to assignment submission at the end of August. Tutorial support is available throughout this time. Students carrying out projects are assigned personal supervisors to support their project work which is mostly carried out between January and the end of September in their final year.
Structure and syllabus
Postgraduate Certificate: 4 modules (the first 4 compulsory modules)
- An undergraduate degree (e.g. bachelor) which is considered at least comparable to a UK second class honours degree, from an institution acceptable to the University, provided that the degree is in a subject appropriate to that of the course of study to be followed (suitable undergraduate degrees would include any social science, quantitative or public health topic. For example, geography, sociology, economics, political sciences, statistics, anthropology, maths, human sciences, biological sciences or similar subject); or
- a registrable qualification appropriate to the course of study to be followed, in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies.
- Applications with an appropriate technical qualification, or equivalent qualification and experience from overseas, are also welcomed.
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