Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


MSc Population Health

The MSc Population Health provides you with the key skills for a career in public health. Through a range of optional modules, it also provides the opportunity to progress a career in range of parallel areas, including health policy, programme management, health inequalities and urban and environmental planning.

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Welcome to UCL’s new and exciting MSc in Population Health. As a multi-faculty university and medical school, we are uniquely placed to offer the truly cross-disciplinary approach needed for the complex health problems facing us today.

From an ageing population to emerging infections, from safe cities to sexual health, whatever your interest, we will offer you an individualised learning track, embedded in research. 

We offer an intimate learning experience in the heart of London: our large faculty afford us the luxury of teaching you in small groups, with huge opportunities for cross fertilisation of ideas with the world’s leading researchers.

What will I learn?

Students will learn how to define and measure health, understand the role of socioeconomic determinants of health, appreciate how health systems and health policy impact on health, and learn how to evaluate interventions to improve population health, through: 

  • The skills needed to measure population health
  • Practical application of these skills to population health problems 
  • Critically appraise and challenge the evidence in population health
  • Adopt an innovative and problem solving approach to population health problems 
  • Understand the roles and tensions between the multiple disciplines involved in describing and improving population health. 

The MSc Population Health will provide the core skills needed to work in public health, as well as offering a range of optional modules which can be targeted towards a wide range of careers in or parallel to this area including: health policy, health related finance, programme management, health inequalities, and urban and environmental planning.