London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London: Health Data Science

InstitutionLondon School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London View institution profile
Department Interdepartmental
Telephone +44 (0) 20 7636 8636
Study type Taught


This programme, supported by Health Data Research UK (HDR UK), aims to train a new generation of world-leading health data scientists, to work in both the public and private sector. Teaching will focus on building strong quantitative, computational and practical data management skills, while providing opportunities to develop key professional skills required to be a successful health data scientist.

The programme will enable you to:

- apply statistical and machine learning approaches to analyse health-related data

- acquire the tools and skills to manage very large diverse datasets across healthcare systems

- develop the professional skills – including teamwork, project management, and presentation skills – to work as a successful data scientist in the public or private sector

- understand the varied roles of a health data scientist within the wider health and health research environment

- learn about the key sources of health data, and the context in which these data are collected, implications of the context on issues such as data quality, accessibility, bias and the appropriateness of use to address specific questions

- study the key issues related to ethics, security and information governance.

Modules may include (subject to validation):

Introduction to Health Data Science
Health Data Management
Epidemiology for Health Data Science
Machine Learning
Statistics for Health Data Science
Data Challenge
Analysis of Hierarchical and Other Dependent Data
Spatial Epidemiology in Public Health
Modelling & the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases
Survival Analysis and Bayesian Statistics
Environmental Epidemiology
Genomics Health Data
Advanced Statistical Modelling

Project report:

You will complete a research project on a relevant topic of your choice


London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health. Our mission is to improve health worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice. This year, LSHTM celebrates 120 years of health innovation.

LSHTM is highly ranked in various university league tables:

  • #1 in Europe for research impact in sciences by CWTS Leiden Ranking 2019
  • #3 in the world for public health in ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking ...

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