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This programme develops your statistical knowledge related to healthcare outcomes impacting populations, making effective use of research and patient data.

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Through a broader public health focus, this programme explores the multiple determinants of health outcomes and their impact on the population. With patient data linking now more prevalent, this line of research is key to the future of healthcare.

As the only online programme of its kind in the UK, it offers a unique opportunity to understand how physical and social environment, individual behaviour, distribution of resources, investment and genetics impact on health status and inequalities in populations over time. 

The distance learning programme covers a range of approaches and techniques that link determinants to outcomes. Ultimately, it allows for the identification of novel population interventions that are grounded in the best practice and are cost effective.

The Online Population Health Sciences programme offered by the University of Glasgow  is delivered by staff from the Institute of Health and Wellbeing who are world leaders in their field. The team conducts high-impact and pioneering research into evaluating, developing and informing population health interventions such as the Scottish smoking ban and Scotland's alcohol strategy.

Choose Your Path

Our online programme allows you to choose a route of study to match your interests or career goals. Because of the multidisciplinary nature of the programme, you’ll benefit from sharing these interests and unique experiences with students from other healthcare programmes.

Programme Outcomes

  • Understand the interdisciplinary nature and importance of population health science
  • Explore an appreciation of health informatics and data analysis
  • Advance your understanding of data linkage, big data, statistics packages, reporting and presentations
  • Learn the latest techniques and new skills and apply them to real-world settings
  • Identify, analyse and apply novel population health interventions grounded in cost-effective practices

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Advanced Statistics
  • Population Health Sciences: Project
  • Qualitative Research Methods For Public Health
  • Health Promotion: Principles And Practice (Online)
  • Cultural, Social And Biological Determinants Of Mental Health
  • Health Economics For Hta Online
  • Data Science - Identifying, Combining And Analysing Health Data Sets
  • Globalisation And Public Health 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 30 months

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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class
Upper Second Class (recommended)

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • At least a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant area (i.e. Statistics, Epidemiology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Dentistry, Medicine, Economics, Public Health, Human Geography) from a recognised institution. We are able to consider a relevant Honours degree with at least 2:2 or equivalent in addition to a minimum of six months’ work experience in public health or health care.
  • Exceptionally, if a Honours degree is not relevant, consideration may be given to those with a professional qualification and experience in the practice of public health with at least two years at a professional level.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

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Online Population Health Sciences
University of Glasgow


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