Jennifer Watson

Senior Lecturer

Postgraduate Medicine, School of Medicine

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Jennifer worked as a researcher in the Human Brian Development Group between 1997 and 2015 contributing to the analysis and write up of the programme of work. The research programme investigated aspects of brain development especially in preterm infants and during this time she acquired many research skills and invaluable experience in managing and analysing complex data.

During this period, Jennifer also studied, part-time, for the Masters in Public Health and graduated in 2009. Jennifer subsequently joined the MPH teaching staff as an informal tutor. She really enjoyed this introduction to teaching and learning and joined the MPH teaching staff as a Lecturer.

Jennifer took on the role of Co-Director in October 2016, leading the programme of work to new heights with the changes in the course credits and materials. She is now Course Director of the MPH and leads on this programme very well; supporting staff and students, developing the course and delivery of the MPH. She is Module lead for Research Methods, Applied Epidemiology and the Dissertation component of the programme.


Jennifer has a long term involvement with the Human Brain Development Group. Her major role was in the management and analysis of data, and this was extended to project management during the seven year I2S2 trial of daily iodine supplementation of preterm infants.

Jennifer has contributed substantially to the analyses of the Millennium Cohort and the I2S2 randomised controlled trial, and in the writing up of these important studies.

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Public Health has offered the Master of Public Health (MPH) for 40+years. The degree lasts for 12 months, with 7 months of taught classes and 4 months of research which leads to a dissertation. In 2014 the MPH-plus was developed which facilitates the support or development of additional courses based on core modules from the MPH. The MPH-plus currently consists of students attending from the following programmes:

  • MSc Public Health Dentistry
  • MSc Human Clinical Embryology & Assisted Conception
  • MPH (Palliative Care Research)
  • We host several modules as part of the MSc Precision Medicine and Pharmacological Innovation
  • MSc Applied Neuroscience
  • MSc Health Data Science for Applied Precision Medicine
  • BMSc students

All of the courses are accredited under the Scottish Credit Qualification Framework.

Jennifer joined the MPH programme as a Lecturer in 2016. She supervises a number of MPH students yearly and is Module lead for Research Methods, Applied Epidemiology and the Dissertation module..