Public Health / Epidemiology and Medical Statistics


Degree awarded:
  • M.P.H in Field Epidemiology Practice (MPHFEP)
  • M.P.H in Laboratory Epidemiology Practice (MPHLEP)
  • M.P.H in Medical Demography
  • M.P.H in Veterinary Epidemiology Practice (MPHVEP)
  • M.P.H. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • M.P.H. in Field Epidemiology
  • M.P.H. in Monitoring & Evaluation
  • M.Phil
  • M.Phil/Ph.D
  • M.Sc
  • M.Sc Biostatistics
  • M.Sc Clinical Epidemiology
  • M.Sc Epidemiology
  • Ph.D
  • Master of Science in Epidemiology
  • Master of Public Health (M.P.H) in Medical Demography
  • Master of Public Health in Field Epidemiology
  • Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology
  • Master of Science in Biostatistics
  • Master of Public Health (M.P.H) in Field Epidemiology Practice
  • Master of Public Health (M.P.H) in Laboratory Epidemiology Practice
  • Master of Public Health (M.P.H) in Veterinary Epidemiology Practice
  • Master of Public Health in Veterinary Epidemiology Practice
  • Master of Public Health in Field Epidemiology Practice
  • Master of Public Health in Medical Demography
  • Master of Public Health in Laboratory Epidemiology Practice
Field of interest:
  • Biostatistics
  • Clinical Epidemiology
  • Disease Outbreak and Epidemic Response
  • Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology and Medical Statistics
  • Laboratory Epidemiology
  • Medical Epidemiology
  • Medical Statistics (Biostatistics)
  • Not Applicable
  • Veterinary Epidemiology
Entry requirements:

    General Regulations Governing Admission to Higher Degree Programmes

    • Candidates for admission to higher degree programmes shall normally be graduates of the University of Ibadan or other Universities/Institutions recognised by the Senate. Admission shall be made by the Postgraduate College on the recommendation of the appropriate Faculty Postgraduate Committee.
    • Candidates without any previous higher degrees in the relevant discipline may be admitted only to either the Degree of Master or the Professional Degree of Master.
    • Candidates with recognised “Research Higher” Degree in the relevant discipline may be admitted to the M.Phil or Ph.D. degree programmes as appropriate, on the recommendation of the appropriate Faculty Postgraduate Committee.
    • A candidate admitted to the degree of Master of University of Ibadan who obtained a weighted average mark of 55.0 – 59.9%, or a CGPA of between 4.0 and 4.9 may be offered provisional admission to the M.Phil./Ph.D programmes. Such candidates shall be assessed within three semesters of full time and four semesters of part time registration for the M.Phil/Ph.D to Ph.D conversion. This shall also apply to students who graduated from other universities    


    • All University of Ibadan graduates should be admitted to Postgraduate programme with the ordinary level criteria existing at the time their first admission. Candidate who did not fulfill the requirements as at the time of their admission are not eligible for consideration.
    • Special consideration may be given to candidates, who obtained their first degree not less than 20 years from the time of seeking admission to any postgraduate programmes. Such candidates must have been found to possess special skills or abilities and professionally or academically engaged during the period of 20 years.
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Our Epidemiology and Medical Statistics program focuses on studying patterns and causes of diseases, health conditions, and public health issues within populations. It involves collecting and analyzing data to identify risk factors, understand disease distribution, and evaluate the effectiveness of healthcare interventions. Here is a course overview for our Epidemiology and Medical Statistics programme:

Introduction to Epidemiology: 

  • This course provides an overview of the principles and methods of epidemiology. Students learn about study designs, data collection methods, measures of disease frequency and association, and basic epidemiological concepts.


  • Students learn statistical methods used in epidemiological research. They study concepts such as probability, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, regression analysis, and survival analysis. The course emphasizes the application of statistical methods in medical and public health research.

Study Design and Data Collection: 

  • This course focuses on the design and implementation of epidemiological studies. Students learn about different study designs, sampling techniques, and data collection methods, including surveys, case-control studies, cohort studies, and randomized controlled trials.

Infectious Disease Epidemiology: 

  • Students study the epidemiology of infectious diseases, including their transmission, outbreak investigation, and control measures. Topics covered may include epidemiology of viral, bacterial, and parasitic diseases, vaccination strategies, and the role of public health agencies in managing infectious disease outbreaks.

Chronic Disease Epidemiology: 

  • This course explores the epidemiology of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and respiratory diseases. Students learn about risk factors, disease progression, prevention strategies, and the role of lifestyle, genetics, and environmental factors in chronic disease development.

Environmental Epidemiology: 

  • Students examine the impact of environmental exposures on human health. They learn about the assessment of environmental hazards, exposure assessment methods, and the study of environmental risk factors for diseases such as air pollution, water contamination, and occupational exposures.

Epidemiological Data Analysis: 

  • Students gain skills in analyzing and interpreting epidemiological data. They learn advanced statistical techniques, data management, and use statistical software for data analysis. The course focuses on applying statistical methods to real-world epidemiological data sets.

Epidemiology and Public Health Policy: 

  • This course explores the role of epidemiology in shaping public health policies and interventions. Students learn about evidence-based decision-making, health policy evaluation, and the translation of epidemiological research into public health practice.

Clinical Epidemiology: 

  • Students study the application of epidemiological methods in clinical research and healthcare settings. They learn about diagnostic tests, clinical trials, risk prediction models, and the interpretation of epidemiological evidence for clinical decision-making.

Medical Statistics in Research: 

  • This course focuses on the application of statistical methods in medical research. Students learn about sample size calculation, data interpretation, statistical modeling, and the use of statistical software for analyzing medical research data.

Few/Some of the Course Content

PVM 715Veterinary Epidemiology
PVM 711Veterinary Epi zootiology
VPH 713Veterinary Public Health/Control of Major Zoonotic Disease
EMS 766Research Methodology 
EMS 763Laboratory Management Policy and System
EMS 761Preventive Effectiveness
EMS 762Laboratory Accreditation and Quality Assurance/Total Quality Management
EMS 760Advanced Epidemiology
EMS 759Epidemiology of Priority Diseases and Injuries
EMS 757Management and Leadership 
EMS 758Teaching and Mentoring
EMS 756Communication in Public Health
EMS 751 Basic Epidemiology
EMS 752Biostatistics
EMS 753Computer Application in Public Health
EMS 754Public Health Surveillance
EMS 755Fundamentals of Laboratory Methods
EMS 756Communication in Public Health
EMS 757Management and Leadership 
EMS 758Teaching and Mentoring
EMS 759Epidemiology of Priority Diseases and Injuries

Entry Requirement


Career Path

Graduates of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics can pursue various career paths in both academic and applied settings. Some potential career options include:


  • Graduates can work as epidemiologists in public health agencies, research institutions, or academic settings. They investigate disease outbreaks, monitor disease trends, conduct research studies, and contribute to public health policy development.


  • Graduates can work as biostatisticians, analyzing health data and providing statistical expertise in research studies and clinical trials. They may collaborate with epidemiologists, researchers, and healthcare professionals to analyze and interpret data.

Data Analyst: 

  • Graduates can work as data analysts in healthcare organizations, pharmaceutical companies, or research institutions. They analyze and interpret health data to inform decision-making, assess healthcare outcomes, and evaluate interventions.

Research Scientist: 

  • Graduates can work as research scientists, conducting epidemiological studies and contributing to scientific advancements in the field. They may focus on specific areas such as infectious diseases, chronic diseases, or environmental health.

Public Health Consultant: 

  • Graduates can work as consultants, providing expertise in epidemiology and medical statistics to healthcare organizations, government agencies, or NGOs. They may contribute to program evaluation, study design, data analysis, and policy development.

Academic Career: 

  • Graduates can pursue academic careers as professors, researchers, or lecturers in universities or research institutions. They can teach epidemiology and medical statistics courses, conduct research, and mentor future epidemiologists and statisticians.

Healthcare Data Manager: 

  • Graduates can work in healthcare organizations, managing and analyzing health data to improve patient care, assess outcomes, and support decision-making.

Epidemiology Project Coordinator: 

  • Graduates can work as project coordinators or research coordinators, overseeing epidemiological studies, ensuring data collection and quality control, and managing research projects.

These are a few examples of the career paths available to graduates of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics. The field offers opportunities to contribute to public health, healthcare research, and evidence-based decision-making to improve health outcomes in populations.



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