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Epidemiology and Statistics for Public Health - Single module

Level 7 (30 credits)

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Psychology and Public Health

Start Date(s): February


One semester

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Part-time - £1,260 per 30 credit module

In Brief:

  • Assess health status, health needs and analyse its determinants
  • Use epidemiological approaches in understanding the distribution of diseases and their determinants
  • Delivered by staff who are experts in their field
  • A part-time only course

Course Summary

You can take this course as a single module for continuing professional development or as part MSc Public Health.

You will gain advanced knowledge of the principles of epidemiology and statistics in public health along with how to design a simple epidemiological study and understand the key concepts of study protocol. You will develop the capability to thoroughly and critically assess health status, health needs and analyse the biopsychosocial factors that determine a person's health.

The University of Salford’s School of Health Sciences is an institutional member of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER).

"Maths was never my strong point at school and I did have some concerns regarding my ability. I needn’t have worried, as the staff support was brilliant and the course structure certainly met my learning needs. I’m so pleased I did the course."Vicky Brand, Oral Health Improvement Manager, Manchester Health and Wellbeing Service, Epidemiology and Statistics for Public Health Single Module, 2016

"With an experience of having studied in two different countries (UAE and India), let me tell this with complete sincerity, that I have had the best learning experience here - especially in Epidemiology and Statistics when you taught us this module in such a spellbinding manner that instilled interest and fascination in me that I really wish to pursue a PhD in Epidemiology in the future (hopefully at the University of Salford).

I have kept safe all the slides and notes you had prepared for us during the classes for my referral, which I believe is equivalent to reading a dozen of the best books written by experienced researchers in Epidemiology, that shall in turn also help me in my career as well.I have no words on how to thank you for what you had done but what I can certainly say is that Epidemiology and Statistics needs highly experienced and extremely skilled and talented staff like yourself to teach this topic that may otherwise seem to be complicated and also instill passion and interest in future students of the University so that they may realise the value and importance of this topic and the indispensable role it plays in public health and medicine. Thanking you with all my best wishes to keep continuing this great art of teaching and supporting students at the University!"Harikrishna Vignesh, MSc Public Health, 2015

I can't believe how much I've learned and consequently use in clinical practice from this module. I'm not sure back in September I would have believed I'd be saying that I enjoyed the Statistics side of Public Health too!

Caroline Moss, MSK Team Leader Physiotherapist, Pennine Acute NHS Trust, Epidemiology and Statistics for Public Health Single Module, 2017

Entry Requirements

An honours degree - normally 2.2 or above, preferably in a health related subject.

An equivalent academic or professional qualification from the UK or elsewhere.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this. If your current English language qualification is below this level, you may be able to take one of the many pre-sessional English courses.

Suitable For

This course is suitable for those who want to develop an understanding of the epidemiology of public health issues and build skills in quantitative and statistical techniques commonly used to understand health.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,260 per 30 credit module

Applying for postgraduate Health and Social Care single modules

All applications for post qualifying heath and social care modules are made directly to the University, please complete the appropriate application form and send to the University.


Lectures, computer tutorials, case studies/problem-based scenarios, small group work and guided independent study to facilitate the development of critical reasoning and foster participation and interaction.  

Formative assessment is provided orally, in class, or during office hours.

Teaching strategies will maximise the potential of online deliveries with Blackboard.


Assessment will be based on two strategies to include:

*    Written assessment (50%)
*    Written examination (50%)

Postgraduate Staff Profile

The Public Health team comprises:

*   Dr. Margaret Coffey
*   Professor Penny Cook
*   Dr. Anna Cooper-Ryan (Programme Leader)
*   Alex Clarke-Cornwell

Professor Penny Cook
After gaining her PhD from the University of Liverpool (1996), Penny took a Royal Society funded fellowship in Stockholm University. She joined Liverpool John Moores University’s Centre for Public Health in 1998 as a research fellow and was made Reader in Public Health Epidemiology in 2007. Penny’s main research interests are in the areas of sexual health, alcohol harm and health inequalities, predominantly using quantitative epidemiological methods. She previously led the regional HIV surveillance system for several years and advised on the Sexual Health and HIV Commissioners Group for England. She has carried out research projects funded by primary care trusts, the Department of Health. She has carried out research contributing to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance on HIV and sexual health. Penny joined the University of Salford in June 2012 and was made Professor in 2013.

More individual profiles of these staff can be found at:


Career Prospects

This module can be taken as stand-alone for the purposes of continuing professional development. You will develop an understanding of the epidemiology of public health issues and build skills in quantitative and statistical techniques commonly used to understand health.

"I undertook the the Epidemiology and Statistics module on day release from my full-time employment at Kirklees Council. The module was challenging but very rewarding. The course gave me new skills in critical analysis and refreshed my statistical skills. Also having been away from academia for many years it gave me an insight into the latest academic thinking and gave me new skills to take back to my workplace."
Sara Wilson, Senior Research officer at Kirklees Council, Epidemiology and Statistics for Public Health Single Module, 2016

Links with Industry

Lecturers on the MSc Public Health have close links with a range of national and international agencies and community partnership, most through research, with an ‘applied’ focus. Examples of these links include: The World Health Organisation’s Collaborating centre for Research in Oral Health in Deprived Communities; The Royal Society for Public Health; The NHS; Department of Health; Strategic Health Authority; and The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE).

The benefits of these links to students include: research informed teaching; a strong applied focus to the programme; the opportunity to engage with key public health professionals and practitioners; and access to an exciting seminar series, including speakers of international renown.

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