Level 7, 20 Credits

Course aim

This module examines the basic principles and tools of epidemiology and disease surveillance. You will then apply these principles to gain a greater understanding of:

  • communicable and non-communicable diseases 
  • the assessment of health inequalities, using tools such as health needs assessment and their role in protecting and improving population health
Course length

The course is delivered over one semester (approximately 13 weeks). Epidemiology normally runs from January to April. Sessions will include lectures, seminars and workshops.

Course cost

The cost for this CPD module is £33.00 per credit.


Classroom based for one half day per week for 13 weeks.

Course content

Topics covered on this module include: 

  • population demographics, concepts and tools of epidemiology and measurement
  • overview of epidemiological study designs
  • establishing causation
  • epidemiological surveillance
  • evaluation of communicable and non-communicable disease threats
  • evaluation of health inequalities; health needs assessment
  • epidemiology and health policy
  • examples of local, national and international epidemiological studies

Assessments for this CPD course will include an essay and report.

Entry requirements
  • You will normally be expected to have a first degree
  • Evidence of equivalent learning through work may also be considered if you lack formal qualifications
  • The Programme Leader must also be satisfied that you can study successfully at Level 7 and will benefit from the programme.
  • Consideration will be given for prior education and experience.
CPD award

This Continuing Professional Development programme can be studied within the MSc Public Health/Public Health (Addictions) award framework or as a single CPD.

How to apply

Please apply using the online application form selecting Postgraduate Taught from the Level of Entry drop down.

Further information

Further information is available in our CPD courses for healthcare professionals brochure.

Faculty Admissions Team
Faculty of Education, Health and Community
Liverpool John Moores University
79 Tithebarn Street
Liverpool L2 2ER

T: 0151 231 5829
E: Health@ljmu.ac.uk

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