Postgraduate Diploma in Epidemiology


Program Description

Gain a prestigious Postgraduate Diploma in Epidemiology by distance learning

Epidemiology is the key discipline underlying medical research, public health practice and health care evaluation. The understanding of its principles and practice is crucial for those involved in the design or assessment of epidemiological studies and programme evaluation. Epidemiological methods are also used to describe the size and nature of health problems, to investigate the etiology of specific diseases, and to evaluate the impact of interventions for treating and preventing ill health.

These programmes provide epidemiology training for professionals in academic departments, research units or in the health services. They are suitable for those aiming for a career in epidemiology research, academics in other health areas and other health professionals. The programmes are also of interest to people who require an understanding of epidemiology, such as medical journalists and scientific officers in government and industry.

Programme aims

These programmes aim to provide:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of the fundamental skills needed to become competent in epidemiology;
  • enable students to understand developments in the field of epidemiology;
  • encourage independent critical and evaluative skills that can be used to apply independent scientific judgment;
  • teach students how to apply the conceptual and practical tools needed to initiate research;
  • facilitate self-development into professionally organized and interactive individuals by practicing skills of selection, assimilation, and communication.



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.

Excellent support

The Epidemiology modules are delivered primarily through interactive learning materials (on CD-ROM or downloadable online), supported by practical workbooks and textbooks. Students are actively encouraged to participate in online discussion forums through the School’s online learning site Moodle. Personalized feedback is provided to students on assignments and students undertaking a project are assigned, personal supervisors. Training is also provided in the use of 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.



London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has a partnership with the Said Foundation who offers funding opportunities to Syrian, Lebanese, Jordanian or Palestinian nationals. Find out more on our Funding your Study page.

Structure and syllabus

Postgraduate Diploma: 8 modules (6 compulsory core modules plus 2 elective modules)

Academic Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree (e.g. bachelor) which is considered at least comparable to a UK second class honors degree, from an institution acceptable to the University, provided the degree is in a health-related discipline, statistics or another appropriate subject. Work experience in a health science/health care setting is desirable but not essential; or
  • An appropriate health-related professional or technical qualification which is considered by the University as at least equivalent to a second class honors degree together with at least three years’ relevant work experience. All applications in this category are considered on an individual basis.


Last updated Nov 2018

About the School

Founded in 1899, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education. The academics lead in their fields, providing unparalleled leve ... Read More

Founded in 1899, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education. The academics lead in their fields, providing unparalleled levels of academic, practical and international experience. Read less