Epidemiology and Population Health PhD/MPhil/MD

Major code: EHPR (PhD), EHMR (MPhil), EHMD (MD)


Overview

Epidemiology is the study of health and disease conditions in defined populations of humans and animals. Epidemiology is essential for understanding how diseases emerge and spread, and for the development of effective control methods. In IGH we study the epidemiology of a range of infectious and non-infectious diseases of people and animals, including zoonotic diseases.

Subject Overview

Epidemiological research in humans includes clinical and molecular epidemiological studies of a range of gastrointestinal, respiratory, vector-borne and sexually-transmitted infections of adults and children in the UK, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Epidemiological research in animals takes place predominantly at the Leahurst campus, where multidisciplinary staff, including clinically-qualified veterinary and medical researchers, statisticians, mathematicians and basic scientists, work together to address a range of issues. These include the epidemiology of zoonotic pathogens; the spread of antimicrobial resistance; understanding human behaviour as a driver of disease transmission; disease prevention and improving health and welfare in farmed and companion animals; and the influence of the environment and climate on the transmission of disease.

Available programmes for epidemiological research are:

  • Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology and Population Health
  • Veterinary Epidemiology

Why choose Infection and Global Health?

Our postgraduate students have access to unrivalled expertise among Institute staff in a variety of infectious and non-infectious diseases of humans and animals, together with state-of-the-art facilities. The Institute integrates medical and veterinary research to enhance exchange of knowledge and skills, putting us at the forefront of the ‘one health agenda’. We offer an outstanding teaching and learning experience undertaken within a culture of research excellence, which keeps staff at the cutting edge of knowledge and ensures student talent is nurtured and celebrated.