Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


MSc Health and Society: Social Epidemiology

Social inequalities in health relating to poverty and absolute and relative deprivation are major themes in research and policy debates in both developed and developing countries

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The World Health Organisation Global Burden of Disease project has mapped the contribution of 26 major risk factors to the burden of ill-health world-wide; all these risk factors (with the possible exception of natural disasters) are strongly influenced by socio-economic factors, both at the individual and population level.

The Health and Society : Social Epidemiology MSc/Diploma programmes are unique in that they combine conceptual issues linking the social environment to population health, the strong methodological base of epidemiology, statistical analysis, and policy.

What will I learn?

The Health and Society: Social Epidemiology programmes are our response to the need for trained researchers, health professionals and policy makers who are able to answer competently such questions as: 

  • Why are some people healthier than others even though we have free national health care?
  • How does stress at work affect the physical health of an employee?
  • Will the current population have a better experience of ageing than/previous generations?
  • Why is social status so strongly linked to health?
  • Why does life expectancy vary according to income inequality in rich countries?
  • Does economic growth produce greater well-being?
  • How important is the area of residence for the health of its community?

View the programme structure and modules.

Which mode of study is right for you?


The next generation of social-epidemiologists, public health policy-makers and PhD students/researchers will find this innovative 12 month programme beneficial. It is designed to attract doctors, public health professionals, social scientists, biologists and statisticians with a strong interest in social epidemiology.


This 9 month programme, will suit those currently holding an MSc or higher degree in a related field or those wishing to study social epidemiology at a high level.

Certificate/short courses

For professionals working in public health or related areas, the Social Epidemiology components of the course are available as stand-alone module.