London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Course Introduction

This programme is designed for those interested in acquiring a technical understanding of the structure and dynamics of population change, its causes and consequences. The curriculum includes advanced training in the theories and methods of population sciences, statistics, epidemiology, and research methods and data analysis.

The programme will enable you to:

• demonstrate a thorough understanding of population trends in low', middle' and high'income settings

• identify causes and consequences of population change and relate these to underlying population dynamics

• demonstrate advanced knowledge of demographic behaviour in social, economic and policy contexts

• use demographic and health data and appropriate methods of analysis to study policy'relevant research questions

Course Modules

Term 1 core modules: Demographic methods; basic epidemiology; population studies; principles of social research; statistics for epidemiology and population health. Terms 2 and 3: 1 modules form each timetable slot. Slot 1: Research design and analysis; designing disease control programmes in developing countries; health care evaluation; sociological approaches to health. Slot 2: Family planning programmes; population, poverty and environment; conflict and health; design and analysis of epidemiological studies; statistical methods in epidemiology. Slot 3: Social epidemiology; current issues in safe motherhood and perinatal health; epidemiology of non'communicable diseases; medical anthropology and public health; modelling and the dynamics of infectious diseases; spatial epidemiology in public health. Slot 4: Population dynamics and projections. Slot 5: AIDS; Analysing survey and population data; advanced statistical methods in epidemiology; proposal development.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
2 years
Part Time

Qualifications required:

  • Either a 2nd Class Honours degree from a UK university; or an equivalent overseas qualification; or a registrable qualification in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies appropriate to the programme; applicants without the minimum entry requirement but with relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission; applicants should also show evidence of numeracy skills.