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This programme examines the range of factors that shape health inequalities and the challenges of developing effective policy responses at local, national and international levels. Read more

Programme description

This programme examines the range of factors that shape health inequalities and the challenges of developing effective policy responses at local, national and international levels.

In this flexible programme, we invite you to consider health inequalities at a national, regional and global level, and the challenge of addressing these disparities.

You’ll look at the range of factors that shape these issues and the challenges of developing policy responses. Through the analysis of the distribution of power and wealth in society, you’ll evaluate public policies that address the social determinants of population health, examine the work of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health and analyse its conceptual framework and policy agenda.

Our aim is to provide you with the tools to work across disciplinary boundaries to engage in public health advocacy and apply social science perspectives to public health questions.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.

Programme structure

Teaching will be by lectures, seminars, group work and guided independent study.

You will complete one compulsory course and five option courses, before working towards your independently researched dissertation.

Career opportunities

For many of our students this programme has helped secure jobs and research positions within the competitive fields of NGOs, health agencies, government departments and international organisations. Many also choose to use the MSc as a foundation for a doctoral research degree.

The transferable skills you gain in areas such as communication and research will give you an edge in the employment market, whatever your eventual career.

A number of our students, particularly from social science backgrounds, use this programme to prepare for applications to medical school.

Our programmes are also recognised for training purposes by the UK Faculty of Public Health, and a number of practising doctors undertake part-time study with us alongside their clinical work.

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This programme examines the range of factors that shape health inequalities and the challenges of developing effective policy responses at local, national and international levels. Read more

Programme description

This programme examines the range of factors that shape health inequalities and the challenges of developing effective policy responses at local, national and international levels.

In this flexible programme, we invite you to consider health inequalities at a national, regional and global level, and the challenge of addressing these disparities.

You’ll look at the range of factors that shape these issues and the challenges of developing policy responses. Through the analysis of the distribution of power and wealth in society, you’ll evaluate public policies that address the social determinants of population health, examine the work of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health and analyse its conceptual framework and policy agenda.

Our aim is to provide you with the tools to work across disciplinary boundaries to engage in public health advocacy and apply social science perspectives to public health questions.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.

Programme structure

Teaching will be by lectures, seminars, group work and guided independent study.

You will complete one compulsory course and five option courses, before working towards your independently researched dissertation.

Learning outcomes

You will be able to understand, critically appraise and apply key concepts and theories within policy studies, international political economy and public health science.

Specifically, you will be able to:

analyse diverse source materials and apply to public health questions
apply social science perspectives to public health questions
assess the changing context of public health policy formation
articulate your own conception of core challenges confronting public health
engage in public health advocacy
monitor changes in population health status
work across disciplinary boundaries

Career opportunities

For many of our students this programme has helped secure jobs and research positions within the competitive fields of NGOs, health agencies, government departments and international organisations. Many also choose to use the MSc as a foundation for a doctoral research degree.

The transferable skills you gain in areas such as communication and research will give you an edge in the employment market, whatever your eventual career.

A number of our students, particularly from social science backgrounds, use this programme to prepare for applications to medical school.

Our programmes are also recognised for training purposes by the UK Faculty of Public Health, and a number of practising doctors undertake part-time study with us alongside their clinical work.

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City's MSc in Health Policy helps you understand, navigate and influence the 21st century health and health care environment. City’s MSc Health Policy is the ideal route for graduates looking to start, change or develop their career within the health policy field. Read more
City's MSc in Health Policy helps you understand, navigate and influence the 21st century health and health care environment.

Who is it for?

City’s MSc Health Policy is the ideal route for graduates looking to start, change or develop their career within the health policy field. It combines an international focus and academic rigour with the development of practical, transferable skills that can be applied in a wide range of real-world health policy, planning and management settings.

We welcome applications from graduates (UK or international) from any academic discipline. The course is also suitable for established professionals from a wide range of backgrounds, including:
-Medical, nursing and allied health professions
-Health management and administration
-Public health
-National and local government
-National NGOs
-International agencies
-Research institutions and consultancies
-Pharmaceutical, insurance and other health-related industries.

Objectives

Health and health care policy are at the top of the political agenda around the world. People are living longer, consumers are expecting more from their health services and chronic illnesses are becoming prevalent. Medical technology is advancing rapidly, creating ever-increasing demand for the latest treatments.

Health policy affects and is affected by all of these factors. It aims to meet the growing challenges facing health systems by providing answers to such questions as:
-How can we best meet people’s changing health needs?
-How can we control spiralling health costs, while maintaining high quality and comprehensive health services?
-What is the most effective way of organising and paying for health care?
-How can we tackle inequalities in health and access to care?
-How can we measure and improve the performance of health systems?

City’s MSc in Health Policy gives you the knowledge and tools you need to understand, analyse and influence the health policy process, and to operate within an increasingly complex policy environment.

You will analyse the social, political and economic factors that affect policy at a local, national and international level. You will explore how and where policy is made, and who the key players are; and learn how to present your ideas clearly and persuasively to a range of influential stakeholders to bring about change.

Placements

You have the opportunity to do a placement, but it is not a formal requirement of the course. We encourage you to create your own. One recent student worked within the refugee camp in Calais alongside the NGO Doctors of the World as part of her dissertation research on refugee access to health care.

Academic facilities

As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

Teaching and learning

You will learn through a mix of lectures, class discussions and seminars, student presentations, case study analysis, interactive computer-based exercises, a virtual learning environment (Moodle) and self-directed reading.

Lecturers are drawn from City's Schools of Health Sciences and Arts and Social Sciences. A number of distinguished external honorary and guest lecturers have also taught on the programme, including:
-Professor David Oliver (President of the British Geriatrics Society, former National Clinical Director for Older People at the Department of Health, and Visiting Fellow at the King's Fund)
-Professor Paul Burstow (Chair of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, and Minister of State for Care Services in the Coalition Government, 2010-12)
-Brigadier Tim Hodgetts CBE (Medical Director, Defence Medical Services, and former Medical Director, NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps)
-Beccy Baird (Fellow in Health Policy, the King's Fund)

City has an international reputation for academic excellence in the areas of health and food policy, health services research, health management, health economics and executive leadership across a broad range of professional disciplines. You will learn from and alongside colleagues who aim to influence health policy and lead health-related initiatives.

Modules are assessed through a combination of written coursework, group work and examination. The assessments reflect the learning objectives of the modules.

Modules

You will take five core taught modules, which cover the main topics and issues within health policy, the health policy process, the principles of policy analysis, and research methods.

You will also choose two or three further elective modules covering a range of related areas, including public health, global health and health management and leadership.

Core modules
-HPM001 The health policy process, politics and power
-PHM004 Social determinants of health
-HPM004 International health systems
-HPM006 Health economics
-HRM020 Foundations in research methods and data analysis*

Elective modules
-HRM001 Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis*
-HPM003 Health policy in Britain
-PHM001 Public health**
-PHM003 Global health**
-HMM002 Strategic management in healthcare†
-HMM008 Health innovation and change†
-HMM026 Finance and enterprise performance†
-HMM022 Management and leadership in healthcare†
-HMM025 Economic evaluation and pharma†
-APM006 Contemporary issues in mental health
-APM017 Engaging technology
-FPM001 Food and public policy

*The core module HRM020 covers basic research skills and enables you to perform entry-level statistics. It forms the first part of the 30-credit module HRM001 Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis, which goes on to cover more advanced research skills. If you choose to take HRM001, this will replace the core module HRM020.

**A maximum of one public health module (PHM001 or PHM003) may be chosen as an elective.

†A maximum of two health management (HMM) modules may be chosen as electives. Depending on module capacity, it may only be possible to take one HMM module.

Dissertation - you will also write a final health policy-related dissertation, on a topic of your choice, of between 12,000 and 15,000 words.

Career prospects

Because health and health care are such high priorities for both the public and policy makers, health policy specialists will continue to be in high demand. Therefore, if you are working or want to work within any health-related organisation in the public, private or third sectors, this course will help you develop the key transferable skills you need to succeed.

Graduates of the MSc Health Policy have gone on to a variety of policy, campaigning/advocacy and research roles within the public sector such as:
-The NHS and international ministries of health.
-NGOs and third-sector organisations including the Patients Association and a number of professional associations.
-The private sector such as consultancy, corporate communications and pharmaceutical companies.

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Develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to promote and protect public health and wellbeing. You will be equipped to fulfil a variety of roles in health promotion and public health, working in local authorities, health services or the voluntary sector. Read more
Develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to promote and protect public health and wellbeing. You will be equipped to fulfil a variety of roles in health promotion and public health, working in local authorities, health services or the voluntary sector.

Focus on how people and communities can empower themselves to improve their health, and how public policy can create healthier societies and places. You will also investigate the psychology of behaviour change, together with how people learn about health. The research strand will enable you to critically appraise evidence and develop research skills.

We have been providing specialist postgraduate health promotion training for more than 40 years, and our courses are up-to-date with all the dynamic and current changes taking place in public health in the UK and globally. This course is recognised by the Institute of Health Promotion and Education.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: 20% of our research in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care unit is world leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/healthpromotion_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

You will have the skills to commission, as well as to design, plan, implement and evaluate health promotion interventions. Our students find jobs as health promotion specialists, public health consultants, public health service managers, researchers, lecturers and generally wherever there is a health and wellbeing role at policy, planning and management levels.

- Health Promotion Specialist
- Public Health Consultant
- Public Health Service Manager
- Researcher

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

Our course is recognised by the Institute of Health Promotion and Education, and our contacts with practitioners in the public health community are well established, both regionally and nationally. We have a track record for our evaluation work, research with communities, commitment to tackling inequalities in health, and in providing an evidence base for practice.

Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and countries, giving a chance to share experience, learn from each other and develop collaborative practice. A large number of our students have continued their career as public health consultants and health promotion specialists.

Core Modules

Foundations of Public Health & Health Promotion
Provides a basis for the study of public health and health promotion, with key principles and theory.

Health Communication
Investigates the psychology of behaviour change, how various media can be used and how people learn about health.

People Power & Communities
Examines how communities work and how they can be empowered to create their own health.

Policies for Health in the Twenty-First Century
Considers how public policy can create healthier societies and places health promotion within the latest ideas and current thinking.

Professional Practice
Provides the practical skills of planning health promotion and how theories can be put into practice.

Research Methods for Health & Wellbeing
Gain the theoretical foundation and practical skills required to complete small scale research. You will focus on writing a research proposal, how to conduct research and how to analyse health-related data.

Health Promotion Enquiry
Develop a range of skills underpinning research, evaluation and evidence-based practice, and deepen your awareness of ontological, epistemological and methodological frameworks and how they relate to research.

Research & Practice Development
Your opportunity to undertake a small scale piece of research and/or development that underpins your health-rated practice within nutrition, environmental health or health promotion.

Facilities

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Clinical Skills Suite
The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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Public health aims to promote health, prevent disease, reduce inequalities in health, and prolong life. The population perspective of public health ensures that its practitioners are well placed to improve health wherever they are. Read more
Public health aims to promote health, prevent disease, reduce inequalities in health, and prolong life. The population perspective of public health ensures that its practitioners are well placed to improve health wherever they are. Our Master of Public Health degree reflects the multidisciplinary nature of public health through its flexible and innovative curriculum. Our programme enjoys strong links with the NHS, its public health practitioners and other regional and national bodies, ensuring student access to some of the country's leading authorities in public health.

Why this programme

-The University of Glasgow has provided education in public health since 1839 and has offered a diploma in public health since the early 20th century. The Master of Public Health (MPH) programme has been offered here since 1981.
-The Master of Public Health programme is taught by academics and practitioners from a wide variety of organisations and disciplines including; Health Protection Scotland, environmental health, environmental protection, public health medicine, health economics and business/management.
-The programme is multidiscplinary in focus attracting students with undergraduate degrees in nursing, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and other health related specialisms.
-Public health has a central role in guiding health care practice, influencing health policy, protecting the public, and improving population health. If you work or intend to work in an organisation which has public health responsibilities or aims to improve population health then this Master of Public Health Degree will be suited to you.
-Public Health at the University was among the earliest academic fields to move towards a multidisciplinary range of programmes involving staff from a number of areas. Current disciplines represented include: Health promotion, health protection, sociology, psychology, epidemiology, statistics, and health economics.
-Public health practitioners are employed in health services, academia, national and local government, the voluntary sector, as well as in international humanitarian relief. The MPH degree is recognised in most countries as an essential qualification for a career in public health.

Programme structure

You will attend interactive lectures, seminars and individual tutorials and take part in project and team work.

Core courses
-Principles of public health
-Introduction to statistical methods
-Introduction to epidemiology

Optional courses (three courses chosen)
-Communicable diseases
-Environmental health
-Further epidemiology and statistics
-Globalisation and public health
-Health economics
-Health promotion: principles and practice
-Managing healthcare organisations
-Oral health (this course is offered every second year)
-Psychosocial approaches to public health
-Qualitative research methods
-Research methods

If you are studying for the MPH, you will also undertake a research project of 15,000–20,000 words and your project studies here will incorporate a series of research methods lectures.

Continuing Professional Development

Our taught courses are available to take on an individual basis for continuing professional development purposes by those who meet the MPH entry requirements.

Career prospects

Career opportunities include: lecturer, health development manager, public health advisor, health programme specialists, epidemiologist, medical practitioner positions in public health, clinical university teacher, research positions.

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The MSc Public Health will prepare you for senior and strategic roles within the public health workforce, such as those in local/municipal authorities, health care, business, social care, the voluntary sector or education. Read more
The MSc Public Health will prepare you for senior and strategic roles within the public health workforce, such as those in local/municipal authorities, health care, business, social care, the voluntary sector or education. It will provide you with a deep understanding about how to prevent illness and promote good health and wellbeing. You will learn the knowledge and skills that underpin public health practice at individual, community, national and international levels, as well as how to address the specific health needs of the UK population.

Visit the website: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/public-health.aspx

Course detail

By studying our MSc Public Health, you will critically engage with the theories, principles and practise that are core to public health and health promotion. These include engagement with:

• Philosophies of health and health promotion
• Social and cultural determinants of health and inequalities in health
• Communicable and non-communicable threats to health
• Epidemiology and its application to disease prevention
• Risk assessment, health needs assessment and health impact assessment
• Ethical perspectives in health promotion and public health
• The physical environment and health
• Inter-sectoral, national and international health policies and drivers
• Community development and health improvement
• Arts and health
• Research and evaluation

The MSc Public Health learning outcomes are informed by the UK Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (levels 7 and 8) as well as the International Union of Health Promotion and Education: CompHP Professional Standards for Health Promotion.

Suitability

This course is for those who wish to study:
• Part-time evening
• Part-time day
• Full-time

You will have a relevant first degree, normally in a health or social-science related field OR you will have a professional registration in health, or social care or an equivalent field.

Normally you will have had some relevant work experience, be working in a relevant field of practice, or will have access to one.
Consideration is given to other graduates, or equivalent, who can demonstrate the relevance of this award to their career development. For example, we have been pleased to have lawyers, engineers, priests and human biologists study with us.

Content

Compulsory modules
• Principles of Public Health
• Promoting Health and Wellbeing
• Essentials of Epidemiology
• Social Aspects of Health
• Research Approaches and Methods

Optional modules
• Community Development OR
• Global Public Health OR
• A module from MSc Health and Wellbeing such as the Negotiated Learning module OR
• A module offered at another European University subject to this being organised by the Erasmus programme.

Dissertation
• 40 credit dissertation OR
• 60 credit dissertation

Format

You will learn through a variety of different approaches, including lectures, seminars and workshops, as well as self-directed study. Your final dissertation will involve working substantially on your own, however you will be supported throughout by your dissertation supervisor.

Assessment

You will be assessed for each module, and assessments will usually be made up of essays, reports, presentations and a final dissertation.

What can I do next?

The course enables those who are not currently working in mainstream public health to enter the field, for example those who work in a health-related clinical setting will be better placed to switch to public health work.

The programme will develop a more strategic understanding and, as such, it is a useful qualification for those who are interested in managerial or senior roles that are concerned with health and wellbeing in health care, social care, education, business or the voluntary sector.

The modules are mapped against the UK Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework, thus meeting many of the ‘know-hows’ of the framework. This knowledge can be used towards your registration as a public health practitioner or a public health specialist.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx

Funding

-Masters Loans-

From 2016/17 government loans of up to £10,000 are available for postgraduate Masters study. The loans will be paid directly to students by the Student Loans Company and will be subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

For more information available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-postgraduate-degree.aspx

-2017/18 Entry Financial Support-

Information on alternative funding sources is available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/2017-18-entry-financial-support.aspx

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Study for a Masters at Liverpool John Moores University’s renowned Centre for Public Health. This well-established Public Health MSc offers a research-informed learning environment which reflects the latest sector developments. Read more
Study for a Masters at Liverpool John Moores University’s renowned Centre for Public Health. This well-established Public Health MSc offers a research-informed learning environment which reflects the latest sector developments.

•Masters degree available to study full time (one year) and part time (two years)
•Develop knowledge and skills aligned to the Public Health Training Curriculum and The Public Health Skills and Career Framework
•Study at LJMU's world renowned Centre for Public Health
•Benefit from the research-led content of this longstanding programme
•Enjoy a flexible approach to study and network with full and part time students from differing backgrounds
•Look forward to career opportunities in local authorities, the health sector, voluntary sector, private sector or research
•Support and guidance for placement learning
•This course will only run subject to minimum numbers

Attracting students from a variety of backgrounds, this course prides itself on its inclusive approach, bringing together different disciplines and enabling you to learn from your peers as well as course tutors.

You will explore population health from a number of perspectives, enhancing your understanding of the people and processes involved in promoting public health and reducing health inequalities.

You will learn how the social determinants of health underpin our theoretical understanding of health and health inequalities.
The course has a flexible approach to learning with full and part time study options available. Many modules are stand-alone CPD courses, helping you to study at your own pace and plan your education around your work and family life.

With an emphasis on guided independent learning, you can expect to attend University two days a week (full time) or one day a week (part time). You can, however, spread your learning over a longer period if required.
On joining the course you will be appointed a personal tutor who will provide academic and pastoral support. You will also have at least one supervisor for the duration of your dissertation module.

Formal Teaching takes place in Tithebarn Street which is part of the city centre campus. This vibrant location offers everything you could possibly need during your studies. Tutorial space is also available in the Henry Cotton buildin.

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Core Modules:

Epidemiology

Examines the principles and tools of epidemiology and disease surveillance. These principles are then applied to an understanding of communicable and non-communicable diseases and assessment of health inequalities through tools such as health needs assessment and their role in protecting and improving population health.

Public Health: Policy and Practice

Introduces students to the concepts and underpinning theories associated with the public health approach and practices related to the promotion and protection of population health. It reviews historical as well as contemporary public health approaches, policies & strategies. There is a particular focus on examining health inequalities and measures to reduce them. The aim is to identify local, national and international strategic responses to both improving health and reducing health inequalities.

Research Methods

Encourages students to develop their skills as a potential producer of research, as well as their ability to systematically evaluate research outcomes from a variety of sources. In addition, students engage in a variety of data analysis techniques. The module covers quantitative, qualitative, mixed, creative and participatory methodologies.

Health Improvement

Encourages students to develop knowledge and competence in the area of health improvement. The module covers a number of core health improvement approaches: health promotion, prevention, health behaviour change and community participation. It considers the relevancy and value of these approaches to different population groups from a global perspective.

Health Protection

The components and structure of health protection activity are examined. The risks to public health from both communicable and non-infectious environmental hazards are explored in detail. The infrastructure of health emergency planning is critically analysed.

Option Modules:

​Violence

Violence is now regarded as a critical public health concern. The impact of violence on the health of individuals, families and the wider society adds to an increasing burden of ill-health and cost to health and other welfare services. This module critically examines a range of key issues related to violence and health from international, national and local perspectives. It demonstrates the need for an interdisciplinary public health approach when addressing the causes of violence, building prevention control strategies, and promoting safety. The Public Health Institute is a World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention http://www.cph.org.uk/expertise/violence/.

Systematic Review

​Provides a complete guide and hands on approach to developing a research question and learning the methods and key processes involved in completing a systematic review. Systematic review is a cross cutting methodology which can be used in a variety of disciplines and through interdisciplinary collaboration. The module can be taken by anybody from any discipline who wants to increase their skill set in the methodology. The focus is on application of the systematic review methods to a chosen field of investigation.

Work Related Learning

This is either a project that participants undertake at their place of work or as part of an organised work related placement. The project forms the basis of an action learning process whereby participants reflect on their ability to achieve personal and organisational goals, solve problems and meet self-appointed learning outcomes.

Global Health

Aims to examine the key processes of globalisation and how they impact on the health of populations and their environments. Key public health risks are identified and their strategic response at the global level evaluated. Issues explored include: global disease, risk and surveillance; alcohol and tobacco control; globesity and non-communicable disease; HIV/AIDS; pollution and climate change.​

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change.

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Public health aims to promote health, prevent disease, reduce inequalities in health, and prolong life. The population perspective of public health ensures that its practitioners are well placed to improve health wherever they are. Read more
Public health aims to promote health, prevent disease, reduce inequalities in health, and prolong life. The population perspective of public health ensures that its practitioners are well placed to improve health wherever they are.

Why this programme

-The University of Glasgow has provided education in public health since 1839 and has offered a diploma in public health since the early 20th century. The Master of Public Health programme has been offered here continuously since 1981.
-The Master of Public Health programme will be taught by academics from a wide variety of organisations and disciplines including: Environmental protection, public health medicine, sociology, and health economics.
-Public health has a central role in guiding health care practice, influencing health policy, protecting the public, and improving population health. If you work or intend to work in an organisation which has public health responsibilities or aims to improve population health then this programme will be suited to you.
-The programme will be multidisciplinary in focus and it is envisaged will attract students with undergraduate degrees in nursing, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and other health related specialisms.
-During each course, you will interact with your teachers and fellow students each week using online discussion boards. Your teachers will direct and observe the discussion, and respond to student questions about the course content.
-The Master of Public Health programme will be useful to practitioners of public health and those seeking to enter this field.
-Public Health at the University was among the earliest academic fields to move towards a multidisciplinary range of programmes involving staff from a number of areas. Current disciplines represented include: Health promotion, health protection, sociology, psychology, epidemiology, statistics, and health economics.
-Public health practitioners are employed in health services, academia, national and local government, the voluntary sector, as well as in international humanitarian relief.

Programme structure

You will attend interactive lectures, seminars and individual tutorials and take part in project and team work.

Core courses
-Principles of public health
-Introduction to Statistical Methods
-Introduction to epidemiology

Optional courses (one course chosen)
-Communicable Diseases
-Further Epidemiology and Statistics
-Globalisation and public health
-Health Economics
-Health Promotion: Principles and Practice
-Psychosocial Approaches to Public Health
-Qualitative Research Methods
-Research Methods

If you are studying for the MPH, you will also undertake a research project of 15,000–20,000 words and your project studies here will incorporate a series of research methods lectures.

Career prospects

The Masters will evidence the start of post graduate study in public health and a commitment to the field of public health. Holders of our campus based Masters in Public Health have been employed in a public health capacity prior to study. Career opportunities for those holding the MPH degree include: lecturer, health development manager, public health advisor, health programme specialists, epidemiologist, medical practitioner positions in public health, clinical university teacher, research positions.

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The course will develop your public health mindset and give you the confidence and skills to engage with the new public health agenda. Read more
The course will develop your public health mindset and give you the confidence and skills to engage with the new public health agenda. The focus of the course is both academic and applied, and aims to produce graduates who ask questions and know how to set about answering them through critical thinking and reflective practice.

Central to this course is our commitment to the process of enabling people and communities to increase control over their health and well-being. This approach provides graduates with the tools and knowledge to tackle inequalities in health and work towards combating social exclusion. Teaching public health from this perspective means that the curriculum is based on a social model of health. It draws upon the multi-disciplinary, multi-professional context of public health and engages with the interface between theory and practice.

The course provides an opportunity to examine concepts of Public Health and Health Promotion in a social context, plus the social construction of health, social patterning of health and leadership and management approaches to ensuring the effectiveness of interventions. The underlying principles of the course hope to engage students in increasing their enthusiasm and commitment towards Public Health whilst becoming empowered and competent.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/public-health-promotion

Modules

Year 1 (full-time)
- Perspectives in promoting health and well-being
- Population health and epidemiology
- Research in health and social care
- Public health leadership and management
- Health promotion and health improvement practice
- Political and social context of public health

On completion of these modules, students will need to attend Preparation for Dissertation sessions (six half days over six weeks) prior to completion of their dissertation.

Year 1 (part-time):
- Perspectives in promoting health and well-being
- Population health and epidemiology
- Health promotion and health improvement practice
- Political and social context of public health

Year 2 (part-time):
- Research in health and social care
- Public health leadership and management

On completion of these modules, students will need to attend Preparation for Dissertation sessions (six half days over six weeks) prior to completion of their dissertation.

Employability

The course develops confident, effective and highly skilled practitioners within a range of disciplinary backgrounds. Previous students have had a range of opportunities made available to them on completion of the course, and have extended and developed their public health roles and/or their strategic functions.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies if needed, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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If you work or want to work at an operational, managerial or strategic level in public health, this course is ideal. It improves your knowledge, skills, and practice of primary healthcare team members, community health workers and health activists, preparing you for more senior roles. Read more
If you work or want to work at an operational, managerial or strategic level in public health, this course is ideal. It improves your knowledge, skills, and practice of primary healthcare team members, community health workers and health activists, preparing you for more senior roles.

If you currently work in a public health role you can gain academic credit for work based learning in the Public Health Practice elective.

You explore the links between policy, evidence and practice and you address key questions including:
-How is the health of individuals, groups and populations determined?
-Who is responsible for health and what is the role of the government?
-How can health be promoted?
-Which skills are required for health promotion and developing the public health agenda?
-What are the implications of the new agendas?

The course builds on the growing importance of health promotion, public health, and health and community development on national and international levels.

You learn how successful management of public health requires development of critical approaches to theory, practice, and outcome measurement. We give you the knowledge and skills to be more effective in your role.

You develop knowledge in the 10 key public health competencies and standards needed to join the UK Voluntary Register for Public Health specialists. This registration allows you to work at a senior level in public health.

These include:
-Strategic leadership for health.
-Working with and for communities.
-Developing health programmes and services.
-Reducing inequalities.

Visit the public health hub to find out more about our services and our work with students.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/msc-public-health

Work experience

If you don’t already work in this sector, we work closely with local health organisations and may be able to provide you with access to work experience that will help you get the most out of your studies and improve your chances of find a job after the course.

Studying individual modules

You can study individual modules from this course and gain academic credit towards a qualification. Visit our continuing professional development website for more information.

Course structure

Full time – 18 months (four modules a semester plus dissertation).
Part time – typically 3 years (two modules a semester plus dissertation).
Part-time students attend four hours a week on campus during the day. Starts September.

Course design
Each of the modules is an independent module of study and can be taken alone. The core modules do, however, have a number of themes developed across them. These include:
-Tackling inequalities in health.
-The relationship between policy, evidence and public health practice.
-Local, national and international perspectives in health.

Core modules
-Health promotion principles, policy and practice
-Health, culture and public health development work
-Public health evidence: synthesis and analysis
-Foundation of epidemiology
-Inequality, health and poverty
-Public health research
-Infectious diseases and LTCs
-Dissertation

Options (choose two from)
-Public health nutrition
-Sexualities, health and inequalities
-Public health practice

Assessment: case study reports, presentations, essays, book reviews. There are no examinations.

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The overall aim of the MSc in Public Health and Health Promotion is for students to gain advanced skills, principles and knowledge in public health and health promotion whilst also developing a critical and multidisciplinary approach to the complexities of public health and health promotion challenges and possibilities. Read more
The overall aim of the MSc in Public Health and Health Promotion is for students to gain advanced skills, principles and knowledge in public health and health promotion whilst also developing a critical and multidisciplinary approach to the complexities of public health and health promotion challenges and possibilities.

The programme reflects the multidisciplinary nature of public health and health promotion and includes:

health promotion


global public health


health policy


politics, sociology


psychology, communication


advanced academic and research skills


The programme will develop your knowledge in public health and health promotion as well as build your research skills.

Another key feature of the MSc programme is an active learning and research-led approach to public health and health promotion and will provide you with an opportunity to conduct your own piece of empirical research.

Aims

investigate the scope and nature of contemporary public health and health promotion at the local, national and global levels, focusing on its development, current priorities and future challenges


explore the major determinants of health and explore ways to promote public health and health promotion that address social and economic inequalities, are culturally sensitive, and promote values of social justice


build knowledge and skills in reflective practice, research, communication, transferable skills and working in groups


develop knowledge and skills in the principles and complexities of using evidence, including researching, analysing and evaluating health information and policy


explore a multidisciplinary approach to public health and health promotion


examine ethical, political, societal and cultural dilemmas that arise in public health and health promotion


provide the opportunity to conduct an empirical research project in a contemporary issue associated with public health and health promotion.

The course is recognised by the Society of Health Promotion and Health Education Specialists and approved as a suitable route for entry to a career as a health promotion specialist. The course is one of the longest established in the UK, and is highly rated for its excellence in teaching.

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This programme will develop your critical analysis of key issues within health and medicine, health policy and health planning from a social science perspective. Read more
This programme will develop your critical analysis of key issues within health and medicine, health policy and health planning from a social science perspective.

Why this programme

-You will be able to locate health and its determinants, and discuss the role of equality and inequality, category and location and their influence on health.
-You will examine health issues that arise for different population groups and across national boundaries, including social and cultural constructions of health, disability and chronic illness, and global and national health policies.
-You will make a critical analysis of health and its determinants and develop a deep understanding of the influence and role of equality/inequality, demographics and location on health.
-The University is a leading centre of applied and policy related research. This programme brings together expertise in inequalities in health, health and well-being, disability, drugs and addictions, urban health, health economics and the history of medicine.
-You will study quantitative and qualitative social science research methods, using at least one of these in the completion of an original piece of social research.
-You will be taught by experts from the following world-leading centres based at the University: the Institute for Health and Wellbeing, MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit, Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research, Centre for the History of Medicine, Policy Scotland and Centre for Public Policy for Regions.
-The degree is fully interdisciplinary in its structure and content, and is designed to allow you to focus your learning around the global health issues that interest you most.

Programme structure

You will take 3 core and 3 optional courses, as well as complete a dissertation. Teaching will be via lectures, seminars and tutorials. There is also the possibility to take part in project and team work in the UK.

Core courses
-Health and culture
-Health in its social context
-Methods of social research

Optional courses
-Applied qualitative methods
-Cultural, social & biological determinants of mental health
-Developing and evaluating complex interventions
-Epidemiology, evidence and statistics for primary care
-Equality and human rights
-Globalisation and public health
-Health economics
-Health technology assessment: Policy and principles
-Health technology assessment in a global context
-Improving access to mental health care in the global context
-Mental health and disability: International law and policy
-Mental health promotion across the life-span
-Psychosocial approaches to public health
-Qualitative methods
-Social science statistics 1
-Social science statistics 2
-Studies in the history of medicine 1850-2000
-Studies in the history of medicine before 1850
-The disabling society
-Understanding health policy

Career prospects

Career opportunities include positions as health care professionals, health care policy advisors and in public health care systems, the voluntary and third sector.

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When you join this MSc course you will join a supportive and nurturing ‘community of inquiry’. Read more
When you join this MSc course you will join a supportive and nurturing ‘community of inquiry’.

Along with your peers you will develop a critical awareness of how research processes can be applied to the study of public health, an insight into the global drivers behind health system reform, and an appreciation of policy development and implementation in developed and developing nations.

This course is for you if you seek a career in public health. There are a range of career opportunities within public health, including public health analyst, public health programme manager and public health specialist. The course can also act as a platform for postgraduate research (MPhil/PhD) study in public health and provides you with sufficient grounding for the UK Faculty of Public Health Part I examination. Upon completion of this course, all students become eligible to apply for fellow membership of the UK Royal Society for Public Health.

Intermediate qualifications available:

• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/public-health2#about

Course detail

• 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. A final unit enables you to undertake a research project
• Develop an understanding of issues in public health principles and practice from local, national and international perspectives
• Gain an insight into the global drivers of reform in health systems and their potential impacts on future public health policy
• 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.

Modules

• Epidemiology in Public Health
• Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare
• Health and Social Care Inequalities
• Healthcare Commissioning
• Principles, Policies and Issues in Public Health
• Public Health Intelligence
• Public Health Protection
• Public Health Research Methods
• Research Project – Dissertation

Format

Teaching for each of the eight core unit is based on a series of weekly lectures and workshops. Between lectures, your learning will be underpinned by the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (BREO) which is used to provide access to additional guided learning materials and e-learning resources. After you have completed the eight core units, the dissertation unit will provide an opportunity to develop your public health research skills.

Assessment

Each unit is designed to develop your public health skills in ways which are directly relevant to the workplace. This is designed to help you in identifying, reflecting on and meeting your own learning needs.

In order to assist 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 each unit, you will be given the opportunity to develop your skills in a range of public health techniques via the assessments
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• Formal examination (8%)
• Course work, essays (57%)
• Presentation, posters (2%)
• Dissertation (33%)

Careers

Students completing the programme will have the skills and the knowledge to enter any field of public health practice. Throughout the course the teaching, learning and assessment methods are designed to encourage you to make strong connections between your studies and your future public health practice. Case studies, healthcare datasets and exemplars from practice help you to develop and practise a broad range of skills.

Throughout the course the teaching staff will share examples from their own professional practice and/or research activity and external speakers such as public health leaders, practitioners, policy makers, researchers are invited to share their expertise.

Opportunities for shared learning with other students on the MSc in Public Health offer insights into current healthcare practices in the UK and internationally, and opportunities for peer discussion and debate.

The course can also act as a platform for postgraduate research (MPhil/PhD) study in public health.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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This intellectually stimulating course is based on the physical and mental dimensions of health and the associated social, political, economic and personal determinants of health. Read more
This intellectually stimulating course is based on the physical and mental dimensions of health and the associated social, political, economic and personal determinants of health. The course is designed to provide an advanced education in the theory, principles and practice of health promotion and public health, with strong emphasis on the integration of theory into practical application.

Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/201617/health-promotion-and-public-health-9118

Course detail

- Description -

The course will be of interest to a wide range of professionals such as managers, health education/health promotion specialists, environmental health officers, doctors, nurses, specialist community public health nurses, allied health professionals, dentists and teachers working in health and social care, local government, education, the voluntary and private sectors, as well as new graduates who are contemplating a career within the expanding field of health promotion and public health.

- Purpose -

The course aims to develop analytical, communication, leadership and management skills necessary to operate at a professional level. These will prepare and enable practitioners to develop and lead population-based activities designed to tackle inequalities in health, prevent ill health and to work in partnership with individuals, families, communities and multidisciplinary public health workforces.

- Format and assessment -

A work-based learning module requires you to spend a minimum of 35 hours in a public health setting which will afford you the opportunity to understand and observe the competencies necessary to work within the field of public health. The module also aims to consolidate your learning by drawing on the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the course, and, thus, increase employment prospects.

The MSc Research Project is a substantial piece of independent work where, through the application of the research process to a self-determined public health topic area, you will demonstrate your ability to complete an evidence based project which makes a contribution to the knowledge base for professional practice and/or policy.

Full-time and part-time study options provide flexibility to structure study to suit personal and professional commitments (see below).

*Qualifications available + attendance*

- Full-time:

PGCert

One semester September to December. Attendance varies by module. One module is taught in a block across one week of the semester, one module is taught in 6-hour sessions for 4 weeks of the semester and one module is taught in a morning every week of the semester.

PGDip

Two semesters September to June. Attendance varies by module. One module is taught in a block across one week of the semester, two modules are taught in 6-hour sessions for 4 weeks of the semester, one module is taught in a morning every week of the semester. Two of the modules are delivered fully online with students required to be online at specified times.

MSc

One semester June to September. There are no taught classes for the MSc. You will be allocated an individual supervisor who you will have contact with for a total of 18 hours.

- Part-time:

PGCert

Depending on the choice of optional module two semesters in one academic year September to May or two semesters across two academic years. Attendance varies by module. One module is taught in a block across one week of the semester, one module is taught in 6-hour sessions for 4 weeks of the semester, one module is taught in a morning every week of the semester and one module is delivered fully online with students required to be online at specified time.

PGDip

Two academic years. Attendance varies by module. One module is taught in a block across one week of the semester, two modules are taught in 6-hour sessions for 4 weeks of the semester, one module is taught in a morning every week of the semester. Two of the modules are delivered fully online with students required to be online at specified times.

MSc

One academic year September to September. There are no taught classes for the MSc. You will be allocated an individual supervisor who you will have contact with for a total of 18 hours.

Career options

Health promotion and public health are no longer viewed as the responsibility of only those working in health. Students have obtained employment in statutory, voluntary, charity and community organisations as well as in local government and academic institutions. Students have also progressed to further postgraduate study.

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why study at Ulster?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We are an international university with more than 2,000 international students from over 80 countries and Alumni from 121 countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five or ten equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting http://www.ulster.ac.uk/learnyourway

Scholarships

A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

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The health and wellbeing of people differs widely across the globe. Life expectancy varies from 45 years in some countries to double that figure in others, and similar inequalities exist within countries. Read more
The health and wellbeing of people differs widely across the globe. Life expectancy varies from 45 years in some countries to double that figure in others, and similar inequalities exist within countries.

Economies, environments, societies and cultures are increasingly heterogeneous, but also interconnected and interdependent. Thus, many complex factors and processes simultaneously operating from the local to the global spheres affect the health of individuals, populations and nations. As these factors change, so do the challenges and opportunities for improving health locally and globally.

The global health programme at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Global Health Research develops students’ understanding of the complex determinants of health and their potential solutions in order to help them contribute to the improvement of health and the achievement of health equity and social justice worldwide. With this purpose, this programme offers an inter-multi and cross-disciplinary approach to health and ill-health. The course brings together experts from the health sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, development studies, anthropology, business, economics and political sciences amongst others in order to deliver a stimulating and vibrant programme, covering topics such as poverty, inequality, cultural understandings of health and healing, emerging infectious diseases, global burden of diseases, climate change, health policy and governance, access to medicines, and the relationship between health inequality, globalisation and global governance.

Key Areas of Study

-Determinants of health and ill-health in a globalised world
-Global Burden of Disease and Injury
-Global Health Management
-Access to Medicines
-Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
-Health, Poverty and Development
-Sexuality and Development
-Global Health Policy and Practice
-Global Occupational Health
-Emerging Global Health risks

MODULES:

core:
-Global Health Principles (GHP)
-Global Burden and Management of Disease
-Research Methods & Critical Appraisal
-Research Projects (students can do overseas research with our partner institutions)

Optional:
-Global Politics of Disease
-Cultural Understandings of Health and healing
-Health and Development
-Communicable Diseases
-Access to Medicines
-Sexuality and Development: Intimacies, Health and Rights in Global Perspective
-etc.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme will have the skills to work as global health practitioners, policy makers, consultants or researchers within international health and development agencies.

Previous graduates have gone into a range of careers, including working for national and international NGOs and Public Health England (PHE). Others are working in national and international-level research organisations and universities, and some have continued for further postgraduate training at PhD level.

Two of our graduates recently got in touch to let us know what they are up to now that they've completed their Global Health MSc:
-Marta Fernandez Arias works for Spanish Red Cross as a Health Delegate.
-Hannah Franklin works for Marie Stopes International as a Regional Programme Manager.

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