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Professional Doctorate in Epidemiology (MSc)

About This Professional Doctorate

Course Description

This course 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.

Graduates enter careers in medical research, public health and community medicine, epidemiological field studies, drug manufacturers, government or NGOs.

The Nand Lal Bajaj and Savitri Devi Prize is awarded to the best project each year. The prize was donated by Dr Subhash Chandra Arya, former student, in honour of his parents Dr Nand Lal Bajaj and Mrs Savitri Devi.

- Full programme specification (pdf) (https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/files/epi_progspec.pdf)

Visit the website https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/epidemiology

Additional Requirements

Additional requirements for the MSc Epidemiology are:

- evidence of numeracy skills (e.g. A level Mathematics or Statistics or a module with a good mark in their university degree)

- it is preferable for a student to have some work experience in a health-related field

Any prospective student who does not meet the above minimum entry requirement, but who has relevant professional experience, may still be eligible for admission. Please contact the course directors () if you are not sure whether this is the right course for you.


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

- demonstrate advanced knowledge and awareness of the role of epidemiology and its contribution to other health-related disciplines

- choose appropriate designs and develop detailed protocols for epidemiological studies

- enter and manage computerised epidemiological data and carry out appropriate statistical analyses

- assess the results of epidemiological studies (their own or other investigators'), including critical appraisal of the study question, study design, methods and conduct, statistical analyses and interpretation


Term 1:

All students take the compulsory modules and usually take optional modules.

Compulsory modules are:

- Clinical Trials

- Epidemiology in Practice

- Extended Epidemiology

- Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health .

Optional modules include:

- Demographic Methods

- Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

Terms 2 and 3:

Students take a total of five modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.).

*Recommended modules

- Slot 1:

Study Design: Writing a Proposal (compulsory)

- Slot 2:

Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (compulsory)

- 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 & Perinatal Health

Medical Anthropology and Public Health; Nutrition in Emergencies

Tropical Environmental Health

- Slot 4:

Environmental Epidemiology*

Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases*

Genetic Epidemiology*

Design and Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes

Ethics, Public Health & Human Rights; Globalisation & Health; Nutrition Related Chronic Disease

- Slot 5:

Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology*


Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries

Integrated Vector Management

Principles and Practice of Public Health

Further details for the course modules - https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/epidemiology#structure

Residential Field Trip

This course has a compulsory two-day residential retreat outside London. This is held on the Wednesday and Thursday of the first week in Term 1. This is included in the £200 field trip fee.

Day field trip to Oxford

A one-day field trip to Oxford usually takes place in November during reading week. Students are encouraged to attend but it is not a compulsory part of the course.

Project Report

During the summer months (July - August), students complete a written research project on a topic selected in consultation with their tutor, for submission by early September. This can be a data-analysis of an adequately powered study, a study protocol, a systematic review or an infectious disease modelling study. Students do not usually travel abroad to collect data.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/mse.html#sixth

Visit the Epidemiology (MSc) page on the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Min Ye

143.gif Public Health remains poorly developed in China and I feel I really need to gain more in-depth skills in public health. Hence after studying as a graduate in Epidemiology and Health Statistics at the Sichuan University in China, I decided to do the MSc Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine: a world-renowned institution with an international reputation in this field. Attending LSHTM would be one of the most broadening experiences in my life.

Studying at the LSHTM proves advantageous in many respects. The course is fantastic and the faculty has wide-ranging interests in various epidemiological researches which mean I could find a personal tutor working on issues in infectious disease with particular emphasis on influenza which is my specific area of interest. Besides I find the lecturers are very enthusiastic and supportive. Importantly, all are experts in the areas they are lecturing on. There are also plenty of seminars on issues in public health which broaden my horizon – an experience I would not have been able to garner at any other place. Above all, it is a very friendly and positive environment to study in and a great place to exchange ideas and make friendships with people from across the world. I find myself immersed in such an academically rich and internationally diverse atmosphere.

After the completion of my course I will move back to China and pursue a career in infectious diseases with particular emphasis on influenza. LSHTM is bound to leave an indelible impression on anyone who passes through. Such an incredible experience is not to be missed!

(Student Profile)

Paulo Pinto

The most distinctive aspect of the School is the cosmopolitan environment. My class alone had about 50 students and over 20 different nationalities from all continents, which provides a personal gain and helps in adaptation. The diverse array of backgrounds was also notable, from health, to social and engineering backgrounds, each contributing with a personal perspective of epidemiology. Finally, the ease of proximity and accessibility of the technical and administrative staff makes bureaucratic tasks a lot easier.

The course is as great as it is demanding. A positive surprise was seeing the most distinct teaching staff, those in all reference lists of high impact papers, from the very basic lessons in module one, to the core epidemiology of terms 2 and 3. It’s by no means an easy year, and it is not supposed to be, but at the end it’s gratifying to see the progress. I can’t stress enough how medical knowledge is incomplete without an epidemiology base, and how much it will help me in the future.

(Student Profile)

Johan Lerbech Vinther

4365.jpg My academic background is in social science and the studies of sociology, however working within the research field of public health and epidemiology the last four years made me pursue an MSc in Epidemiology at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

The rationale for choosing the School was primarily due to the fact that it is the leading university within Public Health and Epidemiology research. I chose the MSc Epidemiology, as it combines well with Sociology, and gives me a range of methodological tools from health science, which strengthens my multi-disciplinary profile.

Most memorable from this experience at the School is the stimulating academic and social environment. The year is quite intense, but the quality and expertise given by internal and external speakers diminish this. Another aspect is the diversity within students and staff, which is an evident challenge. However awareness and respect from every party minimizes this and converts it into a vital personal and educational experience – a strength that improves the atmosphere at Keppel St, which must be attributed to the School.

After graduating at the School, I’ll return to Denmark pursuing a career within research encapsulating my areas of passion; sociology and public health, either in the private sector within consultancy or as part of a PhD.

(Student Profile)

Shameq Sayeed

4366.jpg I graduated from Oxford University in 2009, then worked as a junior doctor for 2 years. Whilst I’d begun to develop a strong clinical foundation, I felt I lacked a broader view of population and global health and the research and policy that informs and drives changes therein.

Over 2 years as a Clinical Research Fellow with INDOX and the Cancer Epidemiology Unit in Oxford, I was fortunate to be able to do a part-time MSc in Epidemiology, which has helped provide that breadth through very accessible teaching of methodology whilst considering the wider context of epidemiology and clinical research. The School has provided a stimulating environment to learn from leading academics and interact with students from across the world.

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Entry Requirements

The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration at the School on a Master's programme is at least one of the following: a second-class honours degree of a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a subject appropriate to that of the course of study to be followed; OR a registrable qualification appropriate to the course of study to be followed, in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies. Applications with an appropriate technical qualification, or equivalent qualification and experience from overseas, are also welcomed.

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