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Epidemiology for public health

The module aims to provide an advanced understanding of the key concepts and methods of epidemiology, relevant to public health. It will help students understand what evaluation is, when it can be used, and to provide them with the knowledge and skills to design a protocol for the evaluation of a public health intervention.

Dates and times

This course is delivered entirely online. Pre-recorded materials will be available a week in advance and will be complemented with live online seminars every Friday afternoon for an hour for 12 weeks on the following dates:

Online live Induction: 19th September 2022, 12-2pm (link will be send closer to the day).

Online live seminars:

  • 23rd, 30th September 2022
  • 7th, 14th, and 21st October 2022
  • 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th November 2022
  • 2nd, 9th and 16th December 2022

*Seminar attendance is encouraged but it is at your discretion to attend live or watch the recorded seminars at your own time and pace. In addition to the pre-recorded materials and live seminars students will need to study independently and prepare for the seminars if required. This will require a time commitment of approximately 130 hours throughout the course.


The full cost is £833. The deposit cost is £50.

Please ensure you can commit to the scheduled dates as unfortunately we are unable to give refunds.

If you would like to take the course assessment to obtain 20 credits at level 7, there is an additional fee of £250.

St Mary's University alumni receive a 20% discount.


This course will provide students with the foundations of epidemiologic theory and practice. The module will cover the key concepts and methods of epidemiology to help students understand, interpret, and apply advanced epidemiological methods in the context of public health. It will focus on the process of evaluating public health interventions through design of robust research studies.


The optional course assessment is written protocol (2000 words) and an MCQ and short answer questions unseen exam lasting about 2.5 hours.


A minimum 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent) in a subject such as health promotion, public health, medicine, nursing or allied health, health-related studies (e.g., psychology, nutrition), social sciences, biosciences, sport science, and environmental health.  Undergraduate degrees in other disciplines may also be considered.

Applicants with two years of relevant non-certified learning and professional experience in a relevant field of work, such as relevant extracurricular activities or volunteer work will also be considered.

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

Upon acceptance you will be required to pay a £50 deposit to secure your place. The balance is due 21 days before the start of the course.

How to apply

Please complete the application form to apply for this course and forward references and evidence to supporting your application to


Students will receive a certificate of attendance. Students who opt to take the assessment and pass will also receive transcript detailing 20 credits at Masters level. 

Please note that the transcript will follow once internal and external quality assurance processes have been completed. Credits may be transferred onto existing masters degrees at St Mary’s University.

Find out more

For more information about this course please contact the Short Courses team:

Tel: 020 8240 4321