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The University of Edinburgh: Epidemiology (Online Learning)

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences
Telephone 0131 650 4360
Study type Taught


Epidemiology is the foundational discipline for understanding and improving population health. Its methods underpin medical research, investigates the causes of disease, and evaluates intervention to prevent or control disease.

This online programme will equip the epidemiological leaders of tomorrow with key foundational knowledge and a portfolio of statistical and data science skills to tackle contemporary challenges.

Benefits of studying epidemiology

By studying this degree, you will:

  • develop your expertise in a vital subject

  • gain the skills you need to take on leading roles in epidemiology and address contemporary population health problems

  • benefit from a strong focus on research and inter-disciplinary opportunities, helping to position you at the forefront of this exciting and evolving field in an era of data-driven innovation

The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a light on epidemiology and brought increased recognition of the importance of this discipline. The enhanced focus on infectious diseases and global epidemic control has resulted in job creation, professional opportunities and recognition of the key role in this discipline to help resolve some of the global challenges in the future.

Who the degree is aimed at

If you are interested in developing specialist skills in the field of epidemiology, this exciting and challenging programme is for you.

You don't need to have studied epidemiology previously, but you do need to be comfortable with numerical reasoning. You may come from a clinical or non-clinical background.

You may be interested in developing or progressing a career in academic research, industry or another health-related setting, or you may simply be eager to develop epidemiological expertise.

If you are interested in our programme, but you need more information to decide if this is a good fit for you, please get in touch with us.

Why Edinburgh

By choosing to study with us you will:

  • join one of the top 20 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2021)

  • study a degree delivered by the Usher Institute (part of the University of Edinburgh), a world-leader in global health and novel approaches to epidemiology that is well recognised for its contribution to the Covid-19 response

  • be able to tailor your learning experience to your interests thanks to our flexible programme

  • enjoy access to the University’s excellent resources, including our modern, intuitive virtual learning platform that delivers a powerful learning experience on any device with an internet connection

  • have opportunities to interrogate and analyse real-world data through various courses and a dissertation research project

  • benefit from our expertise delivering high quality online programmes in health disciplines, with more than 10,000 students learning online with us since 2015

  • enjoy our supportive virtual learning environment, which allows staff and students to build a strong community and offers a high level of student support

About the Usher Institute

Having pioneered various epidemiology studies with large-scale digital data resources, the Usher Institute is a world-leader in global health and novel approaches to epidemiology.

The Institute is also one of five Data-Driven Innovation (DDI) Hubs in the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.

As part of the DDI Programme, the Usher Institute will develop innovative and financially sustainable models of health and social care that improve lives, through the application of data science.

The Institute’s contributions to the Covid-19 response include:

  • conducting research

  • advising the Scottish and UK governments

  • providing global public health advice

Global public health expertise

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.


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