The MPhil in Population Health Sciences is a one-year full-time master’s degree (FHEQ level-7 equivalent) of the University of Cambridge. The course can also be taken as an MSt in Population Health Sciences, which is a two-year part-time master’s degree of the University of Cambridge.
In the first term of the MPhil, all students take five core modules in biostatistics, epidemiology, applied data analysis, public health and research skills. Students subsequently select at least six additional modules, either following a designated pathway in one of the named specialisation themes (epidemiology, global health, health data science, infectious diseases, public health, and primary care research) or following a more personalised pathway. Students also complete a dissertation of no more than 15,000 words.
The overall aim of the programme is to provide course participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to serve as a foundation for a career in population health sciences in academic, practice or other settings. Students will receive basic training in the core research methods used in the related academic disciplines of epidemiology, global health, health data science, infectious diseases, public health, and primary care research, and will then be given the opportunity to further specialise in their chosen area of interest. The course will teach students how to critique and design population health studies, and will give them the opportunity to carry out focused research under close supervision. Ultimately, we expect our graduates to contribute to the study and improvement of population health.
All graduates of the programme should be able to:
- Critically appraise and evaluate the design, analysis and interpretation of population health studies
- Identify and synthesise relevant published research literature
- Select, devise and develop appropriate study designs and data collection methods for population health research
- Select appropriate measures to describe and analyse the health status of populations and variations within populations
- Collect, manage and conduct appropriate analyses of data relevant to population health using contemporary research tools
- Apply relevant theories to practical settings
- Assess risks to population health at a variety of levels
- Design and evaluate the impact of interventions on population health
- Understand the functioning of organizations and regulatory frameworks relevant to work in population health science
- Appreciate the inherent uncertainty of research in population health disciplines and the challenges of working with conflicting viewpoints and complexity
- Marshall and critically evaluate evidence from a wide range of sources to help advance population health
- Identify a researchable problem and define an appropriate research question
- Develop and implement a research protocol, critically interpret findings and identify implications for research, policy and practice
- Effectively communicate population health principles and research to a range of stakeholders both verbally and in writing
- Network and collaborate effectively with diverse members of interdisciplinary teams
- Effectively use computational tools related to these learning outcomes
- Develop competitive proposals to support population health research
- Analyse and shape one’s own practice to reflect and apply these learning objectives to sustainably improve population health
There are additional theme-specific aims and learning outcomes for students who choose to follow one of our six specialisation themes.