Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research and Statistics

Programme Leader: Mona Kanaan


This programme builds on the Department of Health Sciences' national and international experience and reputation in Health Services Research.

The postgraduate certificate offers you a solid grounding in quantitative methods used in health, medical and social sciences. The programme offers a range of modules in applied statistics and health research including systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials, epidemiology and health economics. Teaching is offered in a variety of mediums with some modules delivered remotely while others are campus based. The programme provides a hands-on approach to undertake analysis for a variety of health related data using suitably chosen software packages.

After completing the programme, you will be prepared for careers within the ever-expanding, multi-disciplinary and multi-professional field of health and will be well equipped to apply the skills and knowledge you have acquired across any disease area, for example, cancer or cardiovascular disease.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research and Statistics is a one-year, full-time programme or a two year, part-time programme.


The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research and Statistics is a one-year, full-time programme or a two year, part-time programme.

You will take taught modules worth a total of 60 credits.

The compulsory modules worth 30 credits are:

In addition you will choose modules worth 30 credits from the following:



Dr Mona Kanaan is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Health Research (Statistics) and is currently serving as the postgraduate admissions tutor. Mona has worked on statistical modelling of childhood infectious diseases, analysis of randomised controlled trials in the health and social sciences including cluster randomised trials and stepped wedge trials, and spatial statistics. She has published in health and social sciences and statistical journals. Mona has been involved in the analysis of datasets from both the UK and internationally with applications in maternity, smoking, breathlessness in lung cancer patients, measles-mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines and criminal justice data. She also serves on a number of data monitoring committees and has served on an NIHR regional funding committee. Mona is assistant editor of Ethnicity and Health. She teaches and leads a number of Applied Biostatistics modules at the postgraduate level which currently include: Introduction to Regression Analysis, Further Regression Analysis, An Introduction to Applied Multilevel Analysis and co-leads and teaches on Health Research Methods.

Dr Kamran Siddiqi's interets lie in improving lung health. He has a background in both chest medicine and public health. Kamran has worked in the UK, Latin America and South Asia. He uses evaluative research designs to study tobacco cessation, smoking prevention and harm reduction. He also acts as an advisor on the NICE public health guidance committee and on a national research committee.

Dr Antonina Mikocka-Walus is a psychologist working in the area of psycho-gastroenterology. Her main interests are in controlling disease course in chronic gastrointestinal and hepatologic conditions using psychological and psychiatric interventions. She is also interested in improving models of care for gastroenterology patients. In methods, her specialty is pragmatic trials. She holds visiting positions in psychology, at the University of Adelaide, and in nursing, at the University of South Australia. She is associate editor of the Australian Journal of Psychology and sits on grant panels for the European Commission Programme.


For information on fees visit graduate course fees.

Contact the Student Information, Guidance and Help Team on 01904 321321 or email for further information.

Entry and Apply

You should normally be a graduate with a 2:1 degree or higher, or equivalent from an overseas university, and be able to demonstrate that you have the necessary knowledge of and interest in a relevant area of health sciences. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and we follow the University’s Equal Opportunities policy.

The Department of Health Sciences' minimum English language requirement is a total IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component or equivalent. You can, however, receive a conditional offer provided you complete the University of York's higher level pre-sessional course which runs for eight weeks. On successful completion, you can then progress to your programme within Health Sciences. The minimum requirements to join the pre-sessional course can be found here.

Click here for further details of the University of York's English language requirements.

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