Online Microcredential in Healthcare & Medicine


Explore the latest developments in epidemiology and learn how to understand, measure, and tackle diseases.

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Understand and analyse diseases with the University of Aberdeen

Epidemiology explores the causes and effects of diseases and analyses patterns in their spread through populations. On this online microcredential from the University of Aberdeen, you’ll explore the fundamental principles of epidemiology.

Learning with leading applied health researchers at the University of Aberdeen, you’ll discover the latest developments in epidemiological research. With the expertise you gain throughout the programme, you could unlock careers in health and social care, research, health policy and more.

Gain introduction to disease measurement at population level

The course will start with an introduction to the practice of measuring disease occurrence and spread within populations. Looking at case studies from around the world, you’ll survey different measures of disease occurrence and explore strategies for determining spread.

You’ll discuss the concept of causation, how it differs at an individual and population-wide level, and what distinguishes a ‘simple’ association and a ‘causal’ association.

Learn to design and evaluate epidemiological studies

The second half of the microcredential will focus on providing the skills needed to design and evaluate epidemiological research.

You’ll consider different types of study design, and discuss their pros and cons for various populations. You’ll also delve into methodological considerations in epidemiological studies, including validity, reliability, bias, and confounding.

Make your own contribution to tackling diseases and improving public health

The overarching aim of this microcredential is to equip you with the expertise you need to make a meaningful contribution to disease prevention policies and initiatives.

Whether you’re aspiring to careers in the health sector, public policy, international health organisations and think tanks, or other related professions, you’ll be well placed to play a role in worldwide efforts to improve public health.

How will this microcredential help to develop my career?

This microcredential is focused on developing your expertise in a crucial area of public health. It could open up careers in health and social career, research, or health policy.

As well as learning about the causes, impacts, and spread of diseases, you’ll also build skills applicable to a number of other areas and industries. You’ll hone your ability to analyse data, evaluate research, communicate about health issues and design health policies.

With the certificate you gain at the end of the programme, you’ll be able to demonstrate your skills to potential recruiters.

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the programme, you will be assessed through weekly online quizzes worth a total of 5% of your final grade. You’ll also complete a written assignment and an online test worth 25% and 70% respectively of your final grade. These three assessments are designed to provide a balanced evaluation of your understanding of key concepts in epidemiology.

Will I receive university credits?

Yes, you’ll earn 15 Level 11 credits at postgraduate level from the University of Aberdeen. You can use these credits to build towards a Master’s degree in Applied Health Sciences (MSc), Cinical Nutrition (MSc), or Public Health (MPH) from the University of Aberdeen.

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

There are no formal entry requirements for this microcredential. Learners typically have:

  • A minimum of a 2:2 (second-class) undergraduate degree
  • Relevant experience to support graduate level study
  • We recommend that non-native English speakers have a minimum of a 6.5 IELTS score, or equivalent.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential is designed for anyone with a broad interest in the field of epidemiology. It will be particularly useful for aspiring researchers or health professionals hoping to develop their expertise in this crucial area of public health.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

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    Explore the latest developments in epidemiology and learn how to understand, measure, and tackle diseases, with this online microcredential from the University of Aberdeen.

    18 weeks

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University of Aberdeen is the 3rd oldest Scottish and 5th oldest UK University. With 14500 students from 120 countries, it is a world leader in medical research, energy, environment, law and business.


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