A good way to kick start your studies is to attend the Short Courses offered at the UWC Summer or Winter School. You are entitled to attend Summer or Winter School Short Courses for most of your registered modules. They cover some of the content of the distance learning modules. Attending a relevant Short Course is beneficial but in recognition of financial constraints, it is not compulsory. It is however strongly recommended for Descriptive Epidemiology (PG Diploma) and for the MPH courses - Measuring Health & Disease II and for the research courses Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods. To attend a Short Course, ensure that you book your place before the closing date. (See also 5.4).