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MSc Public Health Who is it for?


You are a graduate in a related area who wishes to increase your knowledge and skills to an advanced level thereby enhancing career prospects within strategic, service and/ or operational workplace roles.


Leading Public Health Practice About the Course


This course has been designed to provide an integrated, coherent and multidisciplinary approach to public health activity. It will have an emphasis on advancing critical awareness and problem solving skills in order to develop innovative, reflective and pro-active approaches to meeting challenging and complex health needs. Examples include critical health issues such as obesity and mental health and those linked with public protection such as climate change and infectious diseases. It will be delivered by a range of teaching methods such as core lectures, group work, online activities, use of case studies and directed learning approaches. Shared learning with other professionals will be a focus of this course and you will be encouraged to develop a critical, evaluative approach to the knowledge which underpins present-day public health practice.


This module aims to develop your knowledge and skills to initiate change, and respond to a continuously evolving public health agenda that takes account of global influences on the nation’s health.


Epidemiology


This module aims to enable you to develop critical awareness of the variety of sources and methods for acquiring appropriate information for research purposes and advance capabilities of communication of epidemiological studies and procedures of investigation.


Principles and Perspectives of Health Promotion


This module aims to explore the concept of Health Promotion, and develop appropriate knowledge attitudes and skills to plan, implement and evaluate health promotion interventions that address contemporary health needs.


Dissertation


This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to design and undertake an investigation of a public health topic.


Course Content


You will study five compulsory modules one of which is a dissertation, plus two designated/ elective modules. Details are given below.


Compulsory Modules


Research Methods – Philosophy and Study Design


This module is designed to introduce you to a wide range of research issues relevant to healthcare professionals. You will refresh existing skills and will also be given the opportunity to develop further skills in the execution and interpretation of research.


Designated Modules


You can select two designated modules from the choice below:


• Substance Use and Misuse


• Leading People in Health and Social Care Organisations


• Therapeutic Communication Interventions • Comparative Health Systems • Nutrition in a Global Context • Ecosystem Services


• Voluntary Sector Placement


Alternatively students can select one of the above modules and then choose to undertake one elective module, which provides you with the opportunity to consider any postgraduate module within the University’s provision. This supports you in undertaking a specialist module associated with your specific work environment.


Assessment


There are a range of assessment strategies which will enable you to demonstrate knowledge, synthesis and critical analysis/ evaluation in a variety of forms. These include critical reflection, reports/ proposals, essays, presentations and examinations.


Career Opportunities


Public Health is a growing field of study, and there is an abundance of job opportunities to suit a variety of interest and skills. A Master’s degree will help your career advancement within a variety of organisations and professions such as health, social care, local authority and voluntary organisations.


Duration of Course


The award begins in September and January each year and will be completed within one year. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops throughout three taught trimesters with a period of supported independent study in trimester three whilst you complete your dissertation. This is supported by a dissertation supervisor.


Entry Requirements


You will normally hold a recognised First or Second Class Bachelor’s degree in a subject area that demonstrates applicability to public health practice. Relevant professional and educational experience is also taken into consideration. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).


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