UCL Summer School


Population and Public Health

Key Information

Module code
Taught during
Session One
Module leader
Professor Hynek Pikhart and Dr Anne Peasey
None. Standard UCL Summer entry criteria apply.
Assessment method
Presentation (40%), Essay (60%)
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Population and Public Health

Module overview

This module will provide an introduction to definitions used in population and public health, basic theories, and conceptual frameworks linking major determinants of health with a range of individual and population health outcomes.

It will provide an introduction to the history of population health. The role of London in public health research will be explored and the basic measurements of outcomes and risk factors used in public health, and data sources used in population health, will be introduced.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Understand terminology used in population health, epidemiology, and public health, including major types of study design and their advantages and disadvantages
  • Understand basic measures used in population and public health
  • Be able to discuss theories concerning the causes of health inequalities and links between major determinants of health and a range of health outcomes
  • Be able to outline the nature of health inequalities by socioeconomic status, ethnic group and gender; globally and within countries including the UK
  • Be able to summarise examples of evidence, from birth and across the life course, supporting differing theories of health inequalities.

Module prerequisites

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required to study this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area.

Module hours

Classes (usually three or four hours per day) take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Friday any time between 9am and 6pm.


  • 20-minute group presentation (40%)
  • 2,000-word essay (60%)

Module leader

Professor Hynek Pikhart is a reader in Epidemiology and Medical Statistics and is one of the directors of the MSc Social Epidemiology: Health and Society. His current research focuses on determinants of health in European countries. He is involved in a range of European projects including, HAPIEE, DRIVERS, INEQ-CITIES and EURO-HEALTHY.

Dr Anne Peasey is a Principal Teaching Fellow in Social Epidemiology, Director of Education for the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, and Director of the MSc Health and Society: Social Epidemiology. Her current research is focused on the social determinants of health. She is involved in several European projects including HAPIEE, ATHLOS and MINDMAP.

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