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MSc Public Health

Course Overview

Public Health has become an increasingly significant focus of government plans worldwide, initiating developments at both national and local level within multiple health care settings. This course focuses on the applied principles of Public Health relevant to students from all around the world. It is designed to develop your practical and critical public health skills, underpinned by a sound understanding of associated theories.

It is based on the principles set out in the UK Government’s White Paper on Public Health - healthy lives, healthy people, according to which the National Health Service should improve health and prevent disease, not just provide treatment for those who are ill.

The course has been developed to (i) address the core competencies from the UK Faculty of Public Health, (ii) facilitate an in-depth understanding of health issues from local, national and global perspectives, and (iii) focus on the applied elements of public health and utilise a research informed teaching curriculum.

The course curriculum utilises case-studies from different parts of the world, is aimed at both medically and non-medically qualified applicants, from Health Service and non-Health Service backgrounds, including those in primary or secondary care, nursing and professions related to medicine, health promotion, health care research, health management and anyone wishing to develop a career in public health. It has been designed to enable you to build on your existing professional knowledge and expertise in Public Health.

Key information

    Course name

    MSc Public Health

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded

    MSc

    Awarding body

    University of Bedfordshire

    Professional recognition

    No

    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Full time - Classroom

    Duration

    12 months

    Tuition fees

    £11,000

    Intakes

    September and March

    Work placement

    No

    Course location

    Luton

Academic entry requirements

Standard entry requirements apply to this course. In addition, students should hold a relevant health or social care degree (grade 2:2 or higher). It is also highly desirable that candidates have some experience of working within a health (preferably in public health) or social care sector.

English entry requirements

IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any subcomponent; OR evidence that you have been instructed and assessed predominantly in English for a significant part of your educational career.

Assessment methods

The assessment strategy is designed to assist you in identifying, reflecting on and meeting your own learning needs in relation to your working environment. Each unit is further designed to develop your public health skills in ways which are directly relevant to your workplace.

In order to assist in your future professional and career development, each assignment will require you to identify and develop a competency from the UK Faculty of Public Health framework which forms the basis of your learning and underpins your assessment.

As you undertake the course units, you are given the opportunity to develop your skills in a range of public health techniques via the assessments. For example, you will be required to develop an Action Plan; write a newspaper article summarizing a complex public health issue into layman’s terms; write a public health report; develop a public health research proposal; develop a public health presentation; and design a public health poster. Each of these assessments will enable you to demonstrate the ability to critically understand and evaluate complex public health issues and communicate these effectively to a range of audiences.

Progression route

The assessment strategy is designed to assist you in identifying, reflecting on and meeting your own learning needs in relation to your working environment. Each unit is further designed to develop your public health skills in ways which are directly relevant to your workplace.

In order to assist in your future professional and career development, each assignment will require you to identify and develop a competency from the UK Faculty of Public Health framework which forms the basis of your learning and underpins your assessment.

As you undertake the course units, you are given the opportunity to develop your skills in a range of public health techniques via the assessments. For example, you will be required to develop an Action Plan; write a newspaper article summarizing a complex public health issue into layman’s terms; write a public health report; develop a public health research proposal; develop a public health presentation; and design a public health poster. Each of these assessments will enable you to demonstrate the ability to critically understand and evaluate complex public health issues and communicate these effectively to a range of audiences.

Career opportunities

There are a range of career opportunities including public health analyst, public health programme manager and public health specialist. Consequently, this course will successfully support your ambitions for career progression within Public Health.

Modules

  • Epidemiology in public health – 15 credits
     
  • Public health protection – 15 credits
     
  • Healthcare commissioning – 15 credits
     
  • Health and social care inequalities – 15 credits
     
  • Ethical and legal issues in healthcare – 15 credits
     
  • Public health intelligence – 15 credits
     
  • Public health research methods – 15 credits
     
  • Principles, policies and issues in public health – 15 credits
     
  • Dissertation – 60 credits

 

Reasons for choosing this course

Choose this course to develop a critical understanding of how the research process is applied in the study of public health, how public health policy is developed and implemented in developed and developing nations, and the potential impact of global drivers of reform on future policy. Upon completion of this course, all students become eligible to apply for fellow membership of the UK Royal Society for Public Health.

The course has been designed to develop you as a graduate who is able to:

  • Recognise the important significance of public health and public health practice worldwide, initiating developments at both national and local level within multiple healthcare settings
  • Contribute specialist expertise in public health relevant to students to improve health and prevent disease, thereby bringing lasting change in people’s health status
  • Create an effective ‘community of inquiry’ to foster group learning and support within the global drivers of reform in health systems; and a critical appreciation of policy development and implementation globally
  • Study the principles of public health that are relevant to students from around the world, and boost your practical, critical and theoretical skills
  • Explore your potential on a course that commences with two foundation units before moving onto specialist units that enable you to explore contemporary issues relating to public health policy.
  • Develop an understanding of issues in public health principles and practice from local, national and international
  • Gain an insight into the global drivers of reform in health systems and their potential impacts on future public health Benefit from a course that uses case-studies from around the world, and is based on the principle that medical professionals should improve health and prevent disease, not just provide treatment for those who are ill

 

Main learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates should be able to:-

  • Communicate effectively in a variety of specialised formats and evidence fluency in discipline-specific concepts and vocabulary
  • Use discipline-appropriate search techniques and strategies to identify, appraise and synthesise new and complex information from a range of sources
  • Critically evaluate the effectiveness of public health policy and practices, internationally, nationally and locally, and their underpinning evidence base, paying particular attention to disadvantaged social groups
  • Evidence a critical understanding of own working environment and working practices and an ability to work with others in both leadership and collaborative roles to develop potentially transformative solutions to local public health issues
  • Manage contradictory and competing imperatives to imagine public health strategies geared towards the needs of particular groups and policy and operational environments
  • Design and conduct an applied research study, demonstrating an ability to select, appraise and utilise advanced methodological approaches from the field of study in an ethical manner and generate innovative findings