Jennifer Watson


Postgraduate Medicine, School of Medicine

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Jennifer worked as a researcher in the Human Brain Development Group between 1997 and 2015 and still contributes to the ongoing analysis and write-up of the programme of work. The research programme investigated aspects of brain development especially in preterm infants. 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 Master in Public Health and graduated in 2009. Jennifer subsequently joined the MPH teaching staff as an informal tutor and taught SPSS skills to the students on the Applied Epidemiology module. She really enjoyed this introduction to teaching and learning, and has now joined the MPH teaching staff as a Lecturer and is looking forward to the new challenges that this change in career will bring her.


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 30+years. The degree lasts for 12 months with 8 months of taught classes and 4 months of research which leads to a dissertation. In 2014 we developed the MPH-plus, which facilitates the support or development of additional courses based on core modules from the MPH. The MPH-plus currently consists of:

· Public Health Dentistry

· Human Clinical Embryology & Assisted Conception;

· collaborations with Tianjin Medical University and Wuhan University students, who complete a non-graduating first year followed by a second year MRes by Research.

· MPH (Palliative Care Research).

· and we host several modules as part of the MSc Stratified Medicine and Pharmacological Innovation (SMPI) programme.

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

Jennifer joined the MPH programme as a Lecturer in 2016. From academic year 2016/17, Jennifer will be module leader for the applied epidemiology and introduction to systematic reviews, and will co-lead the research methods module and the dissertation module.

Jennifer will also take the lead for students returning to complete their MRes by Research.