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Global Health Science and Epidemiology MSc

University of Oxford

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Oxford

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About the course

The MSc in Global Health Science and Epidemiology is a one-year, full-time course that provides intensive training in epidemiology and statistics to enable students to conduct and interpret research studies in important areas of population health.

The MSc is designed for students who would like to develop knowledge and skills to understand the global burden and major determinants of disease through the application of epidemiology and quantitative research methods. It provides opportunities for students to develop and enhance their critical appraisal and epidemiological research skills and prepares students for a major piece of population health research in a world-class environment.

At the end of the course, students should have the knowledge and skills required to.

understand the global burden and major determinants of disease;
describe and discuss the role and contribution of epidemiology to health;
critically appraise, analyse and interpret epidemiological studies;
select, devise and develop appropriate study designs for epidemiological research; and
conduct appropriate statistical analyses of epidemiological and health-related data.

Teaching is delivered during the whole of the first two terms and for up to two weeks in the third term. The teaching is delivered through a range of methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, student presentations, self- directed learning and study. Students will receive 15-20 hours of supported learning per week, and will be expected to undertake 20-25 hours of self-directed learning per week.


During the first two terms there are a series of formative assessments designed to enable teaching staff to monitor student progress. These assessments are compulsory but the marks do not contribute to the final degree. All students are provided with detailed feedback that will enable them to improve their learning by helping them identify their strengths and weaknesses.

There are seven summative assessments in total. At the end of Hilary term, two global health essays (7.5% each) are submitted. At the end of the Easter break a data set analysis and report (10%) is submitted, and two global health essays essay (7.5%) are submitted. At the beginning of the third term (week 0), there is one written examination on the Principles of Epidemiology and Principles of Statistics, comprising multi-component questions (20%). By the end of week 2 in Trinity Term, two global health essays (7.5% each) are submitted. Following submission of all summative assessments, students will undertake a research placement, leading to a dissertation (40%).

Graduate destinations

The MSc Global Health Science and Epidemiology prepares students to establish careers in academia (by pursuing doctoral studies), major national and international health organisations, government agencies or in industry.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 34,970per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Oxford

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  • Campus address

    University of Oxford, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2JD, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    1st out of 35 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    208 86%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    98 98%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5

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