University of Oxford Public Health

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University of Oxford Public Health

Public Health Training for Specialist Trainees (ST3) including possible admission to the one year MSc in Global Health Science.

The aim of the Oxford School of Public Health is to recruit and train doctors and those from disciplines other than medicine to enable them to acquire the knowledge, skills and experience required to be effective public health specialists. It aims to accommodate the evolving role of the speciality to allow a choice of career path and to cover the academic, health protection and service components of public health practice.

The Public Health training programme is a five year programme which includes an academic year undertaking the MSc in Global Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, Nuffield Department of Population Health.

In addition, opportunities are available for Academic Clinical Fellow posts on the training programme. The Academic Clinical Fellowship programme is expected to expand and strengthen academic training in Public Health. The fellowship enables the Public Health training scheme to provide academic training and support to appropriate candidates to enable them prepare for a career in academic Public Health.

The MSc in Global Health Science provides training in epidemiology and statistics to address the important questions to prevent premature death and disability. This is a one year full-time course.

At the end of the course, students should have the knowledge and skills required to:

  • understand the global burden and major determinants of disease;
  • describe and discuss the role and contribution of epidemiology to health;
  • critically appraise, analyse and interpret epidemiological studies;
  • select, devise and develop appropriate study designs for epidemiological research; and
  • conduct appropriate statistical analyses of epidemiological and health-related data.

Teaching is delivered during the whole of the first two terms and for up to two weeks in the third term. The curriculum comprises of thirteen compulsory modules of varying length and intensity across three terms:

  • Introduction to Global Health Science
  • Principles of Epidemiology
  • Principles of Statistics
  • Non-communicable Diseases
  • Communicable Diseases
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Health Economics
  • Clinical Trials and Meta-analysis
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Implementation Strategies
  • Genetic Epidemiology
  • Record Linkage and Bioinformatics
  • International Research Ethics

In addition a series of weekly ‘master-classes’ is scheduled in which internationally-recognised senior scientists in population health from Oxford, and elsewhere, will give seminars on selected topics. These sessions will be outside of the structure of the core modules, and are intended to provide the students with stimulating materials to integrate population health thinking and perspectives.

Regular skills training sessions including presentation and academic writing skills and journal clubs will be provided to supplement the core curriculum.

Pattern of teaching, learning and supervision

The teaching is delivered through a range of methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, student presentations, self-directed learning and study.

During the first two terms there are a series of formative assessments designed to enable teaching staff to monitor student progress. These marks  do not contribute to the final marks. All students are provided with detailed feedback that will enable them to improve their learning by helping them identify their strengths and weaknesses.

There are five summative assessments in total. At the end of the Easter break a data set analysis and report, and an extended essay are submitted. At the beginning of the third term, there are two examinations involving two written papers comprising multi-component questions. Following the written examinations students will undertake a research placement, leading to a dissertation.

Graduate destinations

A large proportion of MSc Global Health Science graduates progress to DPhil studies.

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Changes to the course

The University will seek to deliver this course in accordance with the description set out in this course page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. For further information, please see our page on changes to courses.