MSc Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology at UCL – Part 1 (of 3)

MSc Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology at UCL – Part 1 (of 3)


Because infections are the most important global health problem that we face today We have chronic diseases such as HIV that are caused by infection, that require huge resources We have emergent new infections like zika and ebola which are causing huge complications And there is the emergence of antimicrobial resistance, which is going to make it very difficult to treat infections So understanding the role of infections in human health has never been more important than it is today I have a particular interest in vector-borne diseases I think they’re really interesting how it is not just a human behaviour context, but also interaction with the vector how prevention measures work there Also in developing contexts but also with climate change, how ranges are spreading and could become much more of a global issue I’ve always wanted to take a class in infectious disease epidemiology, so I was really excited when I heard that UCL was offering that module I’m particularly interested in women’s health and sexually-transmitted infections as well, so I was really interested in seeing that come together in this module and I wasn’t disappointed We’ve designed this course so that students taking it have a different understanding of infectious disease epidemiology than is possible from anywhere else Not only are we training students in core skills of epidemiology and statistics but we’re layering on understanding of emerging fields which include molecular epidemiology, bioinformatics, data science and other areas where the field has been advancing rapidly in the last 10-15 years We are in a situation where new technological advances are giving us new understandings but also creating dilemmas and challenges in terms of the ethical use of some of these technologies and so this MSc really seeks to layer on some basic science understanding in infections onto a core, very strong statistical and epidemiological skill base What we aim is to train you, if you come and do this MSc here, to be an incredibly highly skilled infectious diseases epidemiologist But to be able to also talk to a biologist, to a clinician, to a social scientist or even to a politician because you understand the breadth of the disciplines that are needed to really make a difference to infection-related health

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