This is a multidisciplinary programme that bridges the fields of epidemiology, laboratory sciences and public health in the context of disease control. It includes a strong practical component and the opportunity to undertake a research project overseas with collaborating public health or research organisations and NGOs.

The programme will enable you to:

  •  investigate the transmission of endemic and epidemic infections
  •  select appropriate methods of control
  • design, implement and evaluate co-ordinated control methods
  • assess constraints of local public health delivery systems
  • manage available resources in the context of the control of infectious diseases
  • focus your efforts on particular geographical regions or specific diseases

Study Details:

MSc one year full-time or two years by split-study

Module Details:


Compulsory modules:

  • Basic Statistics
  • Introduction to Disease Agents & Their Control
  • Basic Epidemiology or Extended Epidemiology

Elective modules include:

  • Health Policy, Process and Power
  • Health Economics
  • Designing Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries
  • Conflict & Health
  • Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • AIDS
  • Epidemiology and Control of Malaria
  • Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases
  • Tropical Environmental Health 
  • Integrated Vector Management
  • Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
  • Health Care Evaluation
  • Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries

Project report

You will complete a research project studying aspects of an intervention programme. Most students on this programme undertake their projects overseas.


Student Destinations

This programme will equip you with the specialised skills needed for a career in the control of infectious diseases. Graduates typically take up scientific or managerial positions in national and international government and aid agencies, join specific intervention projects, enter PhD programmes or, if intercalating, return to complete their training in medicine.


Entry Requirements


A second-class honours degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a subject appropriate to the programme. Additionally some prior public health or overseas experience is advantageous but not essential. Intercalating medical students may apply. 


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