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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 morning for an hour (9.30-10.30am) for 12 weeks on the following dates:

Online live Induction:

  • 18th September 2023 between 2-3.30pm (Zoom link will be send closer to the day).

Online live seminars will be delivered on a Friday between 9.30-10.30am on these dates:

  • 22nd, 29th September 2023
  • 6th, 13th, and 20th October 2023
  • 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th November 2023
  • 1st, 8th and 15th December 2023.

Please note that this is an indicative only schedule, and the sessions might be subject to change, although the dates presented above are fixed.

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 £917 excluding the course assessment. 

Participants can opt to take the course assessment at an additional cost of £250. The deposit cost is £50 which is payable upon application. The course fee excludes refreshments and accommodation. Information on accommodation on campus or in local hotels can be provided upon request.

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

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.


Participants who complete and pass the course assessments will receive a certificate of accreditation at master’s level.

For participants who choose not to undertake the assignments, a certificate of attendance will be provided.

The course assessment is a written protocol of 2,000 words and an multiple choice question exam lasting about two and a half hours.


Students will normally be expected to have achieved a 2:1 or a good 2:2 (or equivalent) in a related discipline, including:

  • health promotion
  • public health
  • medicine
  • nursing or allied health
  • health-related studies (e.g., psychology, nutrition)
  • social sciences
  • biosciences
  • sport science
  • 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).

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 master's level. 

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

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