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Epidemiology and Basic Statistics

Epidemiology and Basic Statistics

Level 7, 20 credits

Epidemiology is an essential part of public health practice. It involves understanding the various factors that affect health and wellbeing. This module will explore the fundamental principles of epidemiology in modern public health practice and the essential statistical skills needed to evaluate health risks.

Course aim

This module will provide students with foundations of epidemiology, including basic concepts underpinning study design, how to pose an answerable question and to design a study to answer said question. It will also give students a thorough exposure to basic statistical techniques used in quantitative analysis

Course length

The course is delivered over one semester (approximately 12 weeks). The course normally runs from September to December. Sessions will include lectures, seminars and statistical workshops.

Course cost

The cost for this CPD module is £38.35 per credit.


Classroom based for one half day per week for 12 weeks.

Course content

Epidemiology component, primarily delivered through facilitated lectures and class based practicals includes:

  • introduction to and history of epidemiology
  • key concepts of chance, bias and confounding
  • study designs and their application to evidence based public health

Basic statistics component, delivered through online learning and facilitated workshops, includes:

  • basics of data display
  • comparing data
  • measures of effect
  • paired data and standardisation

You will be assessed via a study design group report and a statistics exam.

Entry requirements

  • You will normally be expected to have a first degree in a relevant subject (2:2 min)
  • 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.

Study dates

Dates for the coming year will be available shortly.

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 Health
Liverpool John Moores University
79 Tithebarn Street
Liverpool L2 2ER

T: 0151 231 5829

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