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Epidemiology (Distance Learning)

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

24 months
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The Epidemiology (Distance Learning) programme at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine provides epidemiological training for professionals in academic departments, research units, or in the health services. 


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.

The Epidemiology (Distance Learning) programme at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is of interest to people who require an understanding of epidemiology, such as medical journalists and scientific officers in government and industry.

Programme aims

The programmes aim to:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of the fundamental skills needed to become competent in epidemiology;
  • enable students to understand developments in the field of epidemiology;
  • encourage independent critical and evaluative skills that can be used to apply independent scientific judgment;
  • teach students how to apply the conceptual and practical tools needed to initiate research
  • facilitate self-development into professionally organised and interactive individuals by practicing skills of selection, assimilation and communication.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology
  • Statistics for Epidemiology
  • Practical Epidemiology
  • Writing and Reviewing Epidemiological Papers
  • Study Design: Writing a Grant Application
  • Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
  • Modelling and the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases 
  • Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits
  • Postgraduate Certificate – 60 credits 
  • Postgraduate Diploma – 120 credits 
  • Master's – 180 credits 


  • Self-paced

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
First Class
Upper Second Class (recommended)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A first or second class honours degree or equivalent, from a university or other institution acceptable to the University of London, in health-related disciplines or in statistics or another appropriate subject. Work experience in a health sciences or health care setting is desirable but not essential.
  • Applicants with an appropriate professional or technical qualification in a health-related field, which satisfies the University as a qualification equivalent to a second class honours degree, together with at least three years’ relevant experience, may also be considered on an individual basis. 

Tuition Fee


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