London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Course Introduction

This programme equips students with the knowledge and statistical skills to make valuable contributions to medical research as well as public health in low', middle' and high'income countries. Epidemiological methods underpin clinical medical research, public health practice and health care evaluation to investigate the causes of disease and to evaluate interventions to prevent or control disease.

Course Modules

Compulsory modules: Clinical trials; epidemiology in practice; extended epidemiology; statistics for epidemiology and population health. Optional modules: Demographic methods; molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases. Terms 2 and 3 students take total of 5 modules. 1 from each timetable slot. Slot 1: Study design: writing a proposal. Slot 2: Statistical methods in epidemiology. Slot 3: Epidemiology of non'communicable diseases; medical anthropology and public health; social epidemiology; spatial epidemiology in public health; applied communicable disease control; control of sexually transmitted infections; current issues in safe motherhood and perinatal health; medical anthropology and public health; nutrition in emergencies; tropical environmental health. Slot 4: Environmental epidemiology; epidemiology and control of communicable diseases; genetic epidemiology; design and evaluation of mental health programmes; ethics, public health and human rights; globalisation and health; nutrition related chronic disease. Slot 5: Advanced statistical methods in epidemiology; AIDS; applying public health principles in developing countries; integrated vector management; principles and practice of public health.

Start Date:


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

Qualifications required:

  • 2nd Class Honours degree in a subject appropriate to the course or in another discipline which has included suitable preliminary training, or previous education and experience without a 1st degree, which satisfies the university that the applicant has obtained a level of academic proficiency equivalent to a 1st degree. A student should also show evidence of numeracy skills (e.g. A level Mathematics or Statistics or a module with a good mark in their university degree).