University of Glasgow: Population Health Sciences

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Medicine
Telephone 0141 330 4515
Study type Taught


Population health science is an emerging area of health research that is focussed on the multiple determinants of health outcomes and their impact on a population. It’s role is to measure, quantify and describe the health status and health inequalities of populations through understanding the interactions of the physical and social environment, individual behaviour, resource allocation, investment and genetics over the life course and through time. To do this effectively requires a range of approaches and techniques that link determinants to outcomes and ultimately allows for the identification and refining of novel population health interventions that are grounded in best practice and are cost effective. The aim of this Population Health Sciences programme is to provide you with the knowledge and skills relating to population health as an emerging and active area of research.


This MSc in Population Health Sciences is the only taught distance learning programme in the UK allowing you to combine study with work commitments

You will gain a thorough understanding of the interdisciplinary nature and emerging importance of Population Health Science through studying a broad range of core and optional modules such as Advanced Statistics, Health Economics, Principles of Population Health and Advanced Epidemiology

Staff at the Institute of Health and Wellbeing are word leaders in their field with high impact and pioneering research into evaluating, developing and informing population health interventions such as the Scottish smoking ban (Jill Pell & Daniel Mackay), Scotland’s alcohol strategy (Lewesy & Mackay) Football Fans in Training (Wyke, Hunt, Gray and Bunn) and the CorMicA and EMPOWER studies (Briggs)

The institute of Health and Wellbeing also hosts the MRC/CSO funded Social and Public Health Sciences Unit whose staff have global reputations in leading research into Neighbourhoods and Communities (Mitchell) , Complexity in Health Improvement (Moore and Wight) and the Measurement and Analysis of Socio-economic Inequalities in Health (Leyland)

The Institute of Health and Wellbeing is interdisciplinary in nature with staff work collaboratively across Public Health, General Practice & Primary Care, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment as well as the School of Medicine. This breadth of interdisciplinary collaboration means that you will benefit from the different insights that Institute staff bring to teaching and research.

Each course has a designated discussion forum where you can interact with your fellow students and members of staff


**Core courses**
- Principles of Population Health

- Introduction to Statistics

- Introduction to Epidemiology

- Advanced Statistics

- Qualitative Research Methods

- Communicable Diseases

- Health Promotion: Principles and Practice

- Cultural, social and biological determinants of mental health

- Health Economics

- Analysis of linked data

- Globalisation and Public Health

- Project (online)

**Programme alteration or discontinuation**
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Population Health Sciences is an important and emerging field that combines a number of disciplines in order to better understand and measure health outcomes and their distribution in a population.


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The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s most prestigious seats of learning, and the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. Established in 1451 and recognised for its world-changing research and teaching, the University has inspired thinkers from eminent scientist Lord Kelvin and the father of economics Adam Smith, to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 


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