Masters | Postgraduate Course - Epidemiology by Distance Learning MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert Course Details within London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

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Epidemiology by Distance Learning MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert

Study Details

MSc & PG Diploma 2-5yrs and PG Certificate 1-5yrs

Epidemiology is the key discipline underlying medical research, public health practice and healthcare evaluation. Its methods are used to describe the nature of health problems, investigate the aetiology of specific diseases, and evaluate the impact of interventions for treating and preventing ill health.

This programme aims to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of basic concepts and methods in epidemiology. The Postgraduate Diploma and MSc further aim to provide you with advanced skills in specific applications of epidemiological research methods.

Who is it for?

This programme will suit anyone seeking a career in medical research or academic medicine, as well as professionals in public health or community medicine. It may also be of interest to those who require an understanding of epidemiology, such as medical journalists or scientific officers in government and industry.

Credits awarded

Credits are awarded to all modules (15 credits each) and the project (MSc only – 45 credits) on successful completion. To obtain a qualification, the following credits must be gained:

  • PG Certificate – 60 credits
  • PG Diploma – 120 credits
  • MSc – 180 credits

For the most up-to-date programme information and entry requirements visit the programme page.

Module details

Core modules

  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology
  • Practical Epidemiology
  • Statistics with Computing
  • Writing and Reviewing Epidemiological Papers


The PG Certificate comprises the four core modules. The PG Diploma comprises the four core modules, two further compulsory modules and two elective modules. The MSc consists of the four core modules, two further compulsory modules and three elective modules, followed by a written project and an additional unseen written examination in the final year.

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.