London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Course Introduction

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 aetiology 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 modules 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.

Course Modules

Compulsory modules: Fundamentals of epidemiology; statistics with computing; practical epidemiology; writing and reviewing epidemiological papers; project report. Optional modules: Epidemiology of communicable diseases; modelling and the dynamics of infectious diseases; advanced statistical methods in epidemiology; human genetic epidemiology; global epidemiology of non'communicable diseases; trial designs; project management and research co'ordination; regulatory affairs, good clinical practice and ethics; further statistics for clinical trials; cluster randomised trials; bacterial infections; nutrition and infections; parasitology; healthcare'associated infection; immunology of infection and vaccines; water sanitation and hygiene; epidemiology and control of infectious diseases in developing countries; HIV/AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; analytical models for decision making; economic analysis for management and policy; economic evolution; environmental epidemiology; environmental health policy; health care evaluation; globalisation and health; medical anthropology in public health; principles and practice of health promotion; conflict and health; history and health; sexual health.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Distance Learning

Qualifications required:

  • A 1st or 2nd Class Honours degree, or the equivalent, from a university or other institution acceptable to the University of London, in a subject appropriate to the course; alternatively, an appropriate professional or technical qualification, together with at least 3 years' relevant experience, which satisfies the University as a qualification equivalent to a 2nd Class Honours degree (all applications in this category will be considered on an individual basis); students who do not satisfy these requirements may still be admitted at the discretion of the School on the basis of their academic qualifications, work experience and references; applicants without English as their 1st language must have achieved within the previous 3 years: IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 7 in written sub-test, or TOEFL paper-based test 600 or computer-based test 250 with a minimum of 5 in the test of written English, or TOEFL internet-based test 100 with a minimum of 24 in the test of written English.