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Population Health Sciences MSc

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Health Studies Sociology Of Health And Sickness

Course type


Course Summary

Population Health Sciences is an important and emerging field that combines a number of disciplines to better understand and measure health outcomes and their distribution in a population.

Our online Population Health Sciences programme will provide you with all the benefits of our core public health programme, but with an emphasis on statistical, rather than clinically focused, content. Through a broader public health focus, this MSc explores the multiple determinants of health outcomes and their impact on the population.

The role of population health science is to measure, quantify and describe the health status and health inequalities of populations. This is done by gaining an understanding of the interactions of the physical and social environment, individual behaviour, resource allocation, investment and genetics over the life course and through time. Studying these areas effectively requires a range of approaches and techniques that link determinants to outcomes. Ultimately, this allows for the identification and refining of novel population health interventions that are grounded in best practice and are cost-effective.

Our masters in population health is the only online programme of its kind in the UK. This is your opportunity to understand how the physical and social environment, individual behaviour, distribution of resources, investment and genetics have an impact on health status and inequalities in populations over time.

Our online programme allows you to choose a route of study to match your interests or career goals. Because of the multidisciplinary nature of the programme, you'll benefit from sharing these interests and unique experiences with students from other health care programmes.

In addition to core modules, such as advanced statistics and epidemiology, this degree programme offers optional courses on subjects including linked data analysis, health economics, communicable diseases and health promotion.

The programme is delivered by staff from the Institute of Health and Wellbeing who are world leaders in their field. The team conducts high-impact and pioneering research into evaluating, developing and informing population health interventions such as the Scottish smoking ban and Scotland's alcohol strategy.


On successful completion of this programme, you will be able to:

  • Appraise policy and assess its contribution to population health
  • Apply principles of epidemiology, statistical analysis and health improvement in the field
  • Identify, analyse and apply social, economic and environmental theories to improve services
  • Assess and debate explanations for the persistence of public health inequalities
  • Evaluate initiatives to improve overall population health
  • Explore models of disease causation and design strategies to mitigate risk
  • Review evidence, interpret data and employ research methods to meet current public health challenges


The Online MSc Population Health Sciences programme will give you the key skills you need to succeed in a career in public health, health services, health policy and academia.

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2.5 years

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An introduction to the world of population health sciences, you’ll learn all about the key elements that impact population health in a modern environment. In addition, the course will focus on how cities can become healthier in terms of population structure and land use.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

At least a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant area (i.e. Statistics, Epidemiology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Dentistry, Medicine, Economics, Public Health, Human Geography) from a recognised institution. We are able to consider a relevant Honours degree with at least 2:2 or equivalent in addition to a minimum of six months’ work experience in public health or health care. Exceptionally, if a Honours degree is not relevant, consideration may be given to those with a professional qualification and experience in the practice of public health with at least two years at a professional level.

University information

The University of Glasgow is one of four ancient universities in Scotland, founded back in 1451. The university is part of the prestigious Russell Group, and is one of only two universities in the UK to be awarded a 5 Stars Plus by the QS University Rankings 2017. Alumni include seven Nobel Prize winners, Scotland’s First Minister and a Prime Minister, while Albert Einstein gave a lecture on the theory of relativity there back in 1933. The...more

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