University of Glasgow: Public Health (Data Science)

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Department School of Medicine
Telephone 0141 330 4515
Study type Taught


Data science is a rapidly growing field of employment opportunity where government agencies, universities, international health agencies, consulting/research firms and other scientific organisations are typical employers. One key focus of public health data science is the analysis of routine administrative health data to improve monitoring of population health and prevent ill health. It covers aspects of information governance and disclosure control and introduces advanced methods of data management and analysis, which help in exploring disease pathways and factors important in patient care, and in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of health research.


The University of Glasgow has provided education in public health since 1839 and has offered a diploma in public health since the early 20th century. The Master of Public Health (MPH) programme has been offered here since 1981.

The programme is taught by academics and practitioners from a wide variety of organisations and disciplines including Health Protection Scotland, environmental health, environmental protection, public health medicine, health economics and business/management.

Public health has a central role in guiding health care practice, influencing health policy, protecting the public, and improving population health. If you work or intend to work in an organisation which has public health responsibilities or aims to improve population health then this Master of Public Health degree will be suited to you.

Public Health at the University was among the earliest academic fields to move towards a multidisciplinary range of programmes involving staff from a number of areas. Current disciplines represented include health promotion, health protection, sociology, psychology, epidemiology, statistics, and health economics.

Public health practitioners are employed in health services, academia, national and local government, the voluntary sector, as well as in international humanitarian relief. The MPH degree is recognised in most countries as an essential qualification for a career in public health.

The analysis of routinely collected data forms a methodological focus in the department’s research and publication output. Research methods include cross disciplinary data linkage, applied econometrics for routine health data, and evaluation of public health interventions and tobacco control.

**Core courses**
- Introduction to Statistical Methods

- Analysis of Linked Data (online)

- Introduction to Epidemiology

- Principles of Public Health

- Research Dissertation Project: with a data science focus

**Optional courses (two courses chosen)**
- Communicable Diseases

- Environmental Health

- Further Epidemiology and Statistics

- Globalisation and Public Health

- Health Economics for Health Technology Assessment (online)

- Health Promotion: Principles and Practice

- Oral Health (will next be offered in 2019-2020 and every second year thereafter)

- Psychosocial Approaches to Public Health

- Qualitative Research Methods

**One 20 credit course – or both 10 credit courses - may be taken from the following Institute of Health and Wellbeing courses:**
- Introduction to Mental Health and Disability (10 credits)

- The Global Burden of Mental Health Difficulties (10 credits)

- Cultural, Social and Biological Determinants of Mental Health (20 credit course)

- International Primary Care - teaching block two course (20 credit online distance learning course)

**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.


University of Glasgow

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. 


The University:

  • is ranked 67th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2020
  • is in the top 100 in the world: Times Higher World University Rankings 2020
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