The details
Location: Online Mode of study: Part-time Qualification: CPD microcredential (20 credits) Study duration: 13 weeks
Start date: Tuition fee: £1,320 For queries: Call +44 (0) 1206 489 358 Delivered by: Kaplan Open Learning

If you’re interested in exploring the causation and control of diseases, then consider our informative Epidemiology CPD microcredential module.  

You’ll gain a sound introduction to the core principles of epidemiology, while helping you analyse and interpret surveillance data. By doing so, you’ll learn how to make informed decisions to protect public health.  

You’ll study a range of topics, including: 

  • identifying the causation of a range of diseases  
  • analysing statistical outcomes in research  
  • theoretical and practical approaches to epidemiology 

 

Once you’ve completed the module, you have the opportunity to study one of our popular postgraduate health courses. 

Why we’re great

  • Receive your CPD microcredential certificate from the University of Essex, a top 40 UK university (Complete University Guide 2023).
  • Study 100% online, part-time, with no need for a career break.
  • All our modules are taught by industry leaders and subject experts with a wealth of experience.

You’ll study the following topics as part of the CPD microcredential module: 

  • the history of epidemiology and contemporary epidemiology 
  • statistical and epidemiological concepts, including prevalence and incidence  
  • descriptive statistics  
  • inferential statistics including confidence intervals, p values and hypothesis testing 
  • inferential statistics including odds ratios, relative risk and simple regression 
  • sampling and sample size calculation 
  • observational studies and standardisation 
  • ethical issues and data sources in epidemiology  
  • intervention studies and research reviews  
  • critical review or appraisal 
  • global surveillance and monitoring 
  • epidemiology and social media 

Teaching methods

Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or in a café.

Our CPD microcredentials are delivered through a virtual learning environment (VLE) instead of a traditional campus. This means you will have access to your study materials 24/7, including:

  • multimedia lecturecasts made up of written content, short videos, animation, audio recordings, infographics, short tests and mini-assignments
  • discussion forums for you to chat about the module content with fellow students
  • live Q&A sessions with your tutors
  • a comprehensive eLibrary of textbooks and academic journals
  • support from academic staff and your dedicated Student Support team

To ensure you receive high-quality tutor support, each class is capped at 20 students.

 

Assessment methods

Rather than fretting about exams, you’ll be assessed exclusively through two written assignments. 

We are committed to providing frequent and transparent feedback through the following ways:

our assessment criteria are designed to be simple and transparent

  • you will always be aware of your current provisional grade, right from the start
  • you will be able to clearly view your marks in your gradebook whenever you log on to the learning platform
  • there is a seven-day turnaround for marking and feedback of assessed work
  • you will have regular contact with your Student Support team, with whom you can discuss any concerns as soon as they arise

Study duration

Our Epidemiology CPD microcredential module has a study duration of 13 weeks, including a one-week induction to help you settle into online study. 

The Epidemiology CPD microcredential module offers a whole host of opportunities. On successful completion, you’ll receive a digital certificate confirming you’ve achieved 20 academic credits at postgraduate level. This will be beneficial whether you’re looking to climb the career ladder or take the first step into a healthcare role – helping you stand out amongst the competition. 

If you wish to continue your studies and boost your prospects, you could choose additional health CPD microcredentials, such as Healthcare Leadership in Practice or Topics in Publish Health. Alternatively, you could progress on to one of the following postgraduate qualifications: 

Please note, acceptance on to a postgraduate qualification is subject to meeting the entry requirements of your chosen programme. 

No formal qualifications or experience is necessary.  

As our modules are delivered in English, a high proficiency of English is required. If English isn’t your first language, your ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5. Don’t worry if you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification – we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.  

You don’t need to prove your English ability if you’re a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries. 

Full tuition fee: £1,320 (2022-23) Δ  

  • Our modules are fully inclusive – all teaching materials and required reading are included. We also charge the same fee for domestic and international students.  
  • Alumni discount of 10% of the tuition fee available if you’re a previous graduate with the University of Essex or University of Essex Online.   
  • We offer a 14-day moneyback guarantee, so if you decide your course isn’t for you during the first 14 days, we’ll give you a full refund. Terms and conditions apply. 

Δ All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process. 

Subject specialists, industry authorities and experienced academics: the tutors who teach on our Epidemiology module are experts in the health field.

What our students say

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I'm studying to push myself further. I’ve been a qualified registered general nurse since 2010, working across various healthcare settings, and became an Infection Prevention and Control Nurse (IPCN) in 2018. While in this role, I wished to become a specialist in my field and started looking into studying a Masters. The decision to study at Masters level didn’t come lightly, since I’d be juggling my course with working full-time, being a mum and running my own part-time business. However, I realised the course would be hugely beneficial to both my personal and professional development. In fact, when I began a new role in 2021 I was asked to pursue a Masters degree! While doing my research, I found that only a handful of universities offered MSc Infection Control for online study. I decided to study

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