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Population Health BSc

BSc Population Health is a multidisciplinary degree set within the social sciences that will prepare you for a career in global health and beyond.

There has never been a more relevant time to study population health. The world needs scientists who can understand a broad prospective of health.

BSc Population Health will provide you with the ability to progress to the next step in public health, non-governmental international organisations, health consultancy and a broad range of professional careers that require critical thinkers who can effectively communicate data.

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To find out more information about this degree, such as entry requirements, programme length and cost, visit the UCL prospectus webpages. To hear from our current and former students, visit the meet our students page.

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About the course

Population Health studies the wide ranging factors influencing health: the social and physical environment, individual behaviour, medical care and genetics. It will develop excellence in disciplines from across health and social sciences including epidemiology, sociology, human geography, social statistics, psychology and economics.

The degree programme has two pathways for those wishing to specialise in advanced data science and population health sciences broadly. Both pathways share up to three-quarters of the same modules each year. 

  • The Data Science pathway comprises cutting-edge social statistics modules that will enable you to become part of an elite group on graduation.
  • The Population Health Methods pathway comprises further specialisation in a chosen topic within population health on graduation.

Both pathways will provide you with the skills in population health methods with an emphasis on quantitative social science.

You will learn from world-leading researchers, as recognised in the Research Excellence Framework, the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. 

You will develop skills through small group, hands-on teaching. Your educational experience will require you to engage with real world data from the first day of the programme and culminate in your own original research enquiry as part of your dissertation.

These and other skills developed on the programme will be invaluable for your career prospects, as a thorough understanding of the wider determinants of population health and strong quantitative data science skills are increasingly prioritised by employers. View the Careers and Employability  page to view information about our graduates destinations.

Why study the BSc?

  • Learn cutting-edge data analysis skills
  • Small group problem-based teaching, 
  • Work with internationally recognised academics and clinicians

Course information

Module information is available via the links below (pdf/link). 

Year 1

Compulsory modules

The Data Science Pathway modules are part of the UCL Q-Step centre.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You will select at least one of the following.

In addition, students will be able to choose a module from other UCL departments.

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You will select 60 credits of optional modules from the following

In addition, students will be able to choose from a wide range of modules in other UCL departments.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

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