Public health is the science and art of promoting and protecting health and wellbeing, preventing ill-health and prolonging life through the organised efforts of society.
This is a fully online, distance-learning course using digital learning technology to allow learners to study from anywhere in the world and better fit study around personal and professional commitments. Flexibility in the course start dates (September, January or May) and module choices in Year 2 helps provide students with a more bespoke learning experience designed to match learning needs, interests and aspirations.
This course is designed for students who want to explore the current and emerging key issues in the field while reflecting on their own practice, experiences and interests. We are keen for students to collaborate with us in better understanding how public health works across research, policy and practice at the local, national and global level.
Public heath practitioner roles differ greatly in the work they focus on and in their specific job titles. Some examples of the types of roles include: Health Policy Advisor; Public Health Advisor; Substance Misuse Worker; Heath Improvement Practitioner; Public Health Nutritionist; Teenage Pregnancy Coordinator; Smoking Cessation Advisor; Advanced Health Improvement Practitioner; Environmental Scientist; Health/Education Advisor; Support Workers and many more.
You will receive the relevant theoretical and practical skills that are needed for careers as researchers, policymakers and/or practitioners across the public, private and voluntary/community/not-for-profit sectors.
You will be provided with expert knowledge and different perspectives from across research, policy and practice, focusing on contemporary public health issues relevant locally, nationally and internationally. The course will be taught by research-active staff alongside input and additional materials from policy and practice partners. Co-creation of content is also a key feature we explore with the course, allowing us to shape the curriculum with our students to build on their experiences, expertise and interests.
Through the course, students will be supported to:
• Explore and understand public health theory and techniques appropriate to their own area of practice or interest.
• Gain first-hand insight into approaches used by researchers, practitioners and policy-makers.
• Develop as skilled and knowledgeable multidisciplinary public health practitioners and researchers.
• Develop practical and transferable skills such as report writing, team working, literature searching, research methods and critical appraisal.
• Develop as critical and independent thinkers.
The MPH offers you the opportunity to graduate with a named award recognised globally for public health knowledge and expertise.
The flexibility of this course allows you to manage your studies around your professional and personal life. Further flexibility is provided by the diverse variety of optional modules available throughout the entirety of the course. To ensure that you are equipped with the necessary knowledge and capabilities to conduct a successful research project and complete your Masters, there are taught elements within the research project module designed to develop your understanding and practical abilities.
The MPH Course Director is Dr Tony Robertson. Teaching on the course will be provided by colleagues across the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, particularly from the Centre for Population Health and Public Health Research (led by Prof Andrew Watterson and Prof Sally Haw) and the Institute for Social Marketing (led by Prof Linda Bauld). Module Coordinators include Dr Dawn Cameron, Dr Nicola Cunningham, Claire Eades, Dr Josie Evans, Dr Niamh Fitzgerald, Dr Richard Purves, Dr Tony Robertson and Ashleigh Ward.
You will gain a Masters degree from a multi-award winning faculty, led by a group of world-leading academics.
Year 1 core modules
What is Public Health?
Epidemiology & Its Numbers
What is Public Health Research?
Year 2 core module
Policy in the Real World
Year 2 option modules
Society & Health
Health Behaviours & Behaviour Change
Qualitative Research and Analysis
Quantitative Research and Analysis
Research Ethics and Governance
Year 3 module
In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport was ranked 1st for health research in Scotland and 12th in the UK, showcasing our commitment to produce world-leading research that improves health and reduces health inequalities.
Stirling is one of only two UK universities ranked in the top 50 by the QS World University Rankings, for universities under the age of 50. This recognises universities that have established a strong position in international ranking tables in an impressively short period of time.
The University of Stirling was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2013 for its public health research.
It is possible to achieve:
· Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health (60 credits – 3 modules)
· Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health (120 credits – 6 modules)
· Master of Public Health (120 credits plus a research project of 60 credits)
All modules are at level 11 within the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). 180 credits points are awarded for the course of study. All core and optional modules are worth 20 credits, with the research project worth 60 credits.
A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2:1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant relevant work/life experience, are also encouraged to apply.
This course is 100% online and only available part time over three years. There are three possible start dates: September, January or May (although a September start date is recommended).
Tony Robertson, Course Director Telephone: UK +44 (0) 1786 466360
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Healthcare demand is exceeding supply worldwide and there is a need for radical solutions. Innovative IT approaches are transforming healthcare. Health providers and leading multinationals are investing massively in technology and demand for qualified health informatics professionals is high.
This programme offers a detailed overview of health informatics, including telehealth, mHealth, data analytics, knowledge management and decision support. It takes a strong information systems perspective, building transferable skills in areas like soft systems, process modelling, strategy and system development, and focusing these on health.
The Yorkshire Centre for Health Informatics has a strong national and international reputation and is actively engaged in delivering education, skills, research and development to the NHS and a network of national and international software suppliers. As a student on the Masters programme, you’ll be actively involved with us in listening to, and informing, the informatics agenda for health.
The professional development events run by the Yorkshire Centre for Health Informatics (YCHI) mean we have an established network of employers keen to recruit masters students and support their masters projects.
You’ll benefit from our location too. The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is the largest UK hospital trust and Leeds is the headquarters for many Department of Health organisations, such as NHS Digital and NHS England. We also have close relationships with leading health software suppliers based in Leeds, in particular The Phoenix Partnership, providers of SystmOne and ResearchOne. YCHI is part of the Leeds Institute of Data Analytics, bringing opportunities to be involved in exciting developments in “big data”.
You can also study this subject at MSc, Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate levels.
You’ll study modules totalling 60 credits. These are made up of two core (compulsory) taught modules and two optional modules from a range offered in Health Informatics or Health Sciences. This gives you the opportunity to tailor your study to areas of interest ranging from specific skills, such as data analytics and visualisation, to applications such as clinical decision support, or particular domains, such as international health.
You’ll study modules totalling 120 credits. These are made up of four core (compulsory) taught modules and four optional modules from a range offered in Health Informatics or Health Sciences.
You’ll study modules totalling 180 credits. These are made up of four core (compulsory) taught modules and a research project, plus four optional modules from a range offered in Health Informatics or Health Sciences.
Teaching is through lectures, practical classes, tutorials, seminars and supervised research projects. We make extensive use of IT and a wide range of materials is available to enable you to study at your own pace and in your own time, to enhance and extend the material taught formally.
You’ll be able to use University facilities for independent study, such as computing facilities and the Health Sciences library, with its extensive collection of online journals.
The modules are assessed by a variety of methods including essays, reports, portfolios, websites, posters and presentations. Your results for every module contribute to your final degree classification.
Our alumni have successfully secured health informatics roles in healthcare organisations and industry. Students sponsored by their employers to study with us have reported achieving promotion after completing the course.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.