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This course brings together the science of nutrition and the innovation of business to expand student’s horizons beyond the more traditional approaches to public health nutrition. Read more
This course brings together the science of nutrition and the innovation of business to expand student’s horizons beyond the more traditional approaches to public health nutrition. It will enhance your public health and nutrition knowledge and skills.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

The increase in non communicable diseases across the globe, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and malnutrition is inextricably linked to poor diet. This has led to an increasing demand for graduates who have an in-depth knowledge of the impact of dietary intake on the risk factors of disease, as well as the ability to apply this knowledge through education and influencing policy to improve the population’s health.

If you choose this course you will benefit from:
-A focus on the science of nutrition and public health policy and practice
-Innovative and creative approaches to tackling public health nutrition issues, including a focus on business and media
-A diverse teaching team including a range of public health nutrition academic experts who are committed to providing a range of excellent teaching and learning experiences
-Access to the broad research interests of the teaching team, which include food poverty, obesogenic environments, behaviour change and whole-person care including spirituality
-Opportunities to apply for work experience in public health nutrition

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Throughout your course you will study key issues in public health nutrition and the influence of policy and the wider environment:
-Human nutrition, including nutrients in health and disease: ‘hot’ topics in nutrition
-Public Health Policy and Practice
-Whole-Person Nutrition including the role of spirituality
-Nutritional Journalism
-Entrepreneurial Nutrition
-Research methods to enable you to undertake your own research and use research

The first semester of the course provides you with the opportunity to critically explore key nutrition issues pertinent to public health. You will also critique the role of public health policy, at international, national and local level alongside exploring a range of public health nutrition programmes. This provides a platform for you then to develop business acumen and a critical understanding on the role of media and other communication in public health nutrition. The final semester of the course provides you with the opportunity to carry out your own public health nutrition research project.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR AN INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

The University runs a number of specific schemes to allow students periods of overseas study or work experience and the University offers a limited number of International Experience and Mobility Grants to enable such visits. A number of students in our School, across a range of courses, have been successful in securing places via these schemes.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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Nutrition has long been recognised as a vitally important determinant of health status within both industrialised and industrialising countries. Read more

Nutrition has long been recognised as a vitally important determinant of health status within both industrialised and industrialising countries. Significant changes are occurring in the profile of nutritional problems. Many countries continue to face problems of malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies, but countries in economic transition also face the public health challenge of rising rates of diet-related chronic disease, such as obesity and coronary heart disease. Also, many industrialised countries now face problems of food insecurity among low-income groups. These challenges have led to growing political resources to address nutrition.

There is now an increased need for trained public health nutritionists, to work in a range of contexts, to control and prevent diet-related problems. The United Nations Secretary General has declared 2016–2025 the Decade of Nutrition. What better time to develop your skills in this crucial area?

This course will give you the specialist scientific knowledge and practical skills to take an active role in global public health nutrition in a range of different settings.

You will be introduced to policy making, leadership and governance frameworks. You will be encouraged to explore and debate the political and social influences underpinning policy implementation and impact.

Your modules will explore the relationship between diet and disease, the nutrition science underpinning these factors, public health nutrition epidemiology, research methods for health science, nutritional assessment tools and how to develop and manage nutrition programmes.

The course will introduce you to stakeholders and skills that can enhance your professional competency, employability and development as a public health reflective professional.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you study on this course.

Core modules

Professional acreditation

The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition as part fulfilment of the requirements for registration as an associate Public Health Nutritionist.

Industry links

We have close links with organisations such as Save the Children, Results, and Action against Hunger.

We are also developing a new link between the World Food Programme and Save the Children to run a training course on their Cost of Diet Analysis.

Career path

There are numerous career paths our graduates follow, from working with Public Health England in writing policies, to acting as nutrition advisers to the Department of Health or other nutrition-focused organisations.

Many of our graduates go on to work in international development with organisations such as Save the Children, Action against Hunger, UNICEF, GAIN, FAO, WFP and WHO.

Other graduates continue their academic studies by moving on to a PhD or becoming a lecturer.



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Nutrition has long been recognised as a vitally important determinant of health status within both industrialised and industrialising countries. Read more

Nutrition has long been recognised as a vitally important determinant of health status within both industrialised and industrialising countries. Significant changes are occurring in the profile of nutritional problems. Many countries continue to face problems of malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies, but countries in economic transition also face the public health challenge of rising rates of diet-related chronic disease, such as obesity and coronary heart disease. Also, many industrialised countries now face problems of food insecurity among low-income groups. These challenges have led to growing political resources to address nutrition.

There is now an increased need for trained public health nutritionists, to work in a range of contexts, to control and prevent diet-related problems. The United Nations Secretary General has declared 2016–2025 the Decade of Nutrition. What better time to develop your skills in this crucial area?

This course will give you the specialist scientific knowledge and practical skills to take an active role in global public health nutrition in a range of different settings.

You will be introduced to policy making, leadership and governance frameworks. You will be encouraged to explore and debate the political and social influences underpinning policy implementation and impact.

Your modules will explore the relationship between diet and disease, the nutrition science underpinning these factors, public health nutrition epidemiology, research methods for health science, nutritional assessment tools and how to develop and manage nutrition programmes.

The course will introduce you to stakeholders and skills that can enhance your professional competency, employability and development as a public health reflective professional.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you study on this course.

Core modules

Professional accreditation

The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition as part fulfilment of the requirements for registration as an associate Public Health Nutritionist.

Industry links

We have close links with organisations such as Save the Children, Results, and Action against Hunger.

We are also developing a new link between the World Food Programme and Save the Children to run a training course on their Cost of Diet Analysis.

Career path

There are numerous career paths our graduates follow, from working with Public Health England in writing policies, to acting as nutrition advisers to the Department of Health or other nutrition-focused organisations.

Many of our graduates go on to work in international development with organisations such as Save the Children, Action against Hunger, UNICEF, GAIN, FAO, WFP and WHO.

Other graduates continue their academic studies by moving on to a PhD or becoming a lecturer.



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A public health nutritionist aims to promote health and well-being through food and nutrition, help people make healthier choices, create an environment which promotes health, and develop supportive health-related policy. Read more
A public health nutritionist aims to promote health and well-being through food and nutrition, help people make healthier choices, create an environment which promotes health, and develop supportive health-related policy. On this course you will learn about public health nutrition that relates to the science of preventing disease, prolonging and improving quality of life and promoting health through the medium of nutrition.

Why Study Public Health Nutrition with us?

The Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition has an excellent reputation in nutrition at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. We have considerable teaching and research expertise in the areas of public health nutrition and allied subjects. Our staff are enthusiastic and helpful, and pride themselves on the extra help provided to those who require it.

This course:
- meets the current training needs to produce graduates with the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to work as public health
- nutritionists
- provides a wide range of career opportunities
- ensures a strong practitioner-based focus
- aims to help you develop transferable public health skills.

What will I learn?

The course is designed for graduates with an interest in people, health and nutrition. Our modules focus on core public health nutrition issues such as the relationship between nutrition and health and the way in which sociological and psychological factors influence food choice. All modules are designed to increase your understanding of the scientific evidence related to food, nutrition and health upon which public health nutrition strategies, activities and policies are based.

How will I be taught?

Our modules are delivered over three or four-day blocks followed by eight weeks of home-based learning.

You will encounter a range of different learning experiences through lectures, investigative sessions, laboratory work, food skills sessions, workshops and seminars. Modules involve 21-28 hours of direct tutor contact, five to 20 hours of support tutorials, and 152-179 hours of directed and self-directed study.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of modules comprises a combination of coursework and examination. Coursework is innovative and interactive and includes interpretation of data, portfolio work and seminar presentation.

Postgraduate Visit Opportunities

If you are interested in this courses we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please go to: https://www1.chester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-visit-opportunities

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to know more about the University please request a prospectus at: http://prospectus.chester.ac.uk/form.php

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The Masters in Public Health Nutrition, from Liverpool John Moores University, helps you develop the knowledge and skills required to work in this growing industry. Read more
The Masters in Public Health Nutrition, from Liverpool John Moores University, helps you develop the knowledge and skills required to work in this growing industry.

-Study for this new Masters degree full time (over one year) or part time (over two years)
-Benefit from staff expertise in nutrition and public health as you gain the knowledge and skills required for a career in this growing sector
-Join a research active team and take part in ongoing projects
-Experience interactive practical sessions and workshops alongside theoretical learning
-Boost your career options with employment opportunities in the public and private sectors
-This course will only run subject to minimum number

The aim of this new MSc programme is to meet the needs of relevant graduates wishing to develop a career in the field of public health nutrition. Graduate students will be provided with the knowledge in nutrition and public health, the skills and networks to develop a career in this growing industry.

A public health nutritionist understands how diet influences the health of different groups within the wider population. This requires an understanding of the scientific principles that underpin nutritional requirements, as well as an interdisciplinary understanding of the complex factors that influence food choices and eating behaviours of a population, and how such concepts can be applied to public health. Public health nutritionists are expected to find themselves in health promotion advisory and policy/advocacy roles as well as engaged in research in the UK and internationally.

In essence, the programme will provide the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to perform as an effective employee in the multi-faceted field of human nutrition.

Staff from the teaching team include members of professional bodies such as the Nutrition Society and British Dietic Association (including active involvement in committee work) and have successfully secured internal and external research funding; and regularly present at national and international conferences. Staff are involved in a range of collaborative research activities with universities within the UK and internationally; work with international organisations such as the World Health Organization, and national bodies such as the National Institute of Health Research, Department of Health and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). On a local level, staff also work closely with health services, local authorities and community groups.


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

Dissertation

Explore, in depth, an area of personal or professional interest that relates to public health issues.

Research Methods

Develop skills as a researcher and systematically evaluate research outcomes from a variety of sources.

Epidemiology

Critically evaluate epidemiological evidence to examine the health status, health determinants and health needs of populations.

Public Health: Policy and Practice

Explore the concepts and underpinning themes associated with public health, its policies, promotion and protection.

Professional Practice in Nutrition

Develop practical techniques for nutritional assessment and the practical and professional skills needed to promote healthier eating. This module relates health policy to community initiatives and emphasises the complexity of achieving dietary change.

Food Chain, Sustainability and Health

Understand the global food supply chain and its impact on food choice, nutrition and health and environment. This module covers the political and ethical issues of food production and supply.

Population Nutrition

Understand nutritional requirements of population groups throughout the life-course, considering the nutritional needs of mothers and infants; children and adolescents; adults and the ageing population.
Nutritional Science Critically understand controversial issues in nutrition research; interpret the latest advancements of nutrition in health and disease; and develop a practical understanding of how to advance nutritional

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Public health nutrition is a new and interesting subject area that concentrates on achieving a sound knowledge in nutrition and public health, providing participants with the expertise to work in a variety of settings to promote nutrition for the benefit of public health. Read more

Public health nutrition is a new and interesting subject area that concentrates on achieving a sound knowledge in nutrition and public health, providing participants with the expertise to work in a variety of settings to promote nutrition for the benefit of public health. A public health nutritionist influences food selection and eating behaviour of a population, based on research and national dietary guidelines. Public health nutritionists can expect to find themselves in advisory and policy/advocacy roles as well as engaged in research in the UK and internationally.

This course will allow graduates of biological sciences to build on their knowledge, and aims to promote the critical appraisal of the theory and application of public health nutrition, and nutrition policy planning and practice, to improve the health of the population through nutrition.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The emphasis is on independent problem-based learning where your previous knowledge and skills are used to develop an understanding in the new subject areas you will be studying. The course is taught using a variety of interactive learning methods including lectures, tutorials,  seminars, workshops, laboratories, group work, role-play and interactive computer sessions. Development of interpersonal skills and professional skills and attitudes are also a major focus of the learning and teaching programme.  Learning activities are guided using web based programmes. The course is modular and each module is assessed mainly by course work, except for one examination in Food and Nutrition. Normally, there are approximately 12 students on this course but some modules are shared with the MSc Dietetics which can result in a class of no more than 24 students. These small class sizes ensure that students receive excellent support and benefit from sharing their experiences with classmates.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. It is estimated that each module will require 150 hours of your time. Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part-time.

Links with industry/professional bodies

The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition. This enables graduates to register with the Association for Nutrition as an Associate Nutritionist.

Modules

15 credits: Food and Nutrition/ Principles of Nutrition Science/ Food Policy and Planning/ Public Health Nutrition/Epidemiology/ Clinical Sciences/ Research Methods/ Detriments for Health If studying for an MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits)

Careers

Opportunities exist for public health nutritionists in the following areas: public health; health promotion (specialising in nutrition); government advisory posts; food companies; research; health media and pharmaceutical industry.

Quick Facts

  • Lecturers are experienced registered nutritionists who are research active.  
  • The full MSc is accredited with the Association for Nutrition (AFN), UK.  
  • The broad range of staff research skills in Dietetics, Nutrition and Biological Sciences offer students a wide range of MSc dissertation topics.


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Take the step toward a healthier future with Nutrition and Dietetics. Interested in clinical dietetics, private practice, food service management, public health nutrition, sports nutrition and nutrition research? Then the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics is for you. Read more

Take the step toward a healthier future with Nutrition and Dietetics

Interested in clinical dietetics, private practice, food service management, public health nutrition, sports nutrition and nutrition research? Then the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics is for you. This program allows students interested in health and nutrition to choose their own pathway and area of nutrition they want to specialise in, while focusing on practical placement, communication and international engagement.

Not only will you graduate with these career-ready experiences, you'll be stepping into the next chapter of your nutrition and dietetics career by graduating sooner, as with Bond's accelerated degrees you can finish the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice in just two years.

About the program

This postgraduate professional program is designed to develop graduates to be work-ready for careers in nutrition and dietetics across practice areas including clinical dietetics, private practice, food service management, public health nutrition, sports nutrition and nutrition research. This program develops student competencies to exceed the accreditation requirements of the Dietitians Association of Australia, making graduates eligible to apply for accredited practising dietitian (APD) status within the Dietitians Association of Australia. This program is distinctive because of its emphasis on developing evidence-based practitioners that have had intensive preparation in evidence-based dietetic practice, nutrition research and international engagement. All students will be required to participate in an international placement as part of their program.

Professional outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to apply their skills and experience across a range of areas including:

  • Clinical dietetics
  • Private practice
  • Food service management
  • Corporate health and wellness
  • Sports nutrition
  • Nutrition communications and media
  • Food industry
  • Culinary nutrition
  • Nutrition in childcare, schools and aged care facilities
  • Community and public health nutrition
  • Nutrition and dietetic research

Structure and subjects

The Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice is a set program. You must complete all of the following subjects:

Semester 1 (May start)

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Semester 5

Semester 6

*Subject names and structure may change

Learning and teaching methodology

The Bond University Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice program uses an education model comprising a combination of lectures, workshops, case studies, field trips, simulations, internships and research. In keeping with the program philosophy of producing dietitians with a difference, the program places an emphasis on real-world experience from the first semester. Students engage in activities such as case-based learning and simulation to develop their competency as nutrition professionals.

Specialist consultant practitioners and dietitians with industry expertise provide students with insight into dietetic practice and career opportunities in the profession. Students also benefit from the extensive professional experience of nutrition and dietetic academic staff in a range of fields, including clinical dietetics, sports nutrition, the food industry, private practice and public health nutrition, as well as their national and international professional networks.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in relevant workshops offered by the Bond University Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice (CREBP), providing them access to highly qualified academics with international research track records, some of whom are responsible for developing global evidence-based nutrition guidelines.



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This MSc focuses on the problems of over- and under-nutrition, which apply to most developed nations as well as those undergoing rapid transformation. Read more

This MSc focuses on the problems of over- and under-nutrition, which apply to most developed nations as well as those undergoing rapid transformation. The programme offers specialised training in the clinical and scientific basis of malnutrition and obesity, and therapeutic approaches to correcting this in the hospital, community and educational setting.

About this degree

The programme focuses on periods of the lifecycle when nutrition is particularly important; these include: acute illness, trauma, surgery or malignancy; and chronic conditions in which disease, nutrition and treatment interact. The aetiology, pathophysiology and epidemiology of obesity will be explored alongside all approaches currently being used in its treatment.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) comprising all taught modules is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate comprising four core modules (60 credits) is offered.

Core modules

  • Fundamentals of Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Disease-related Malnutrition
  • Experimental Design and Research Methods
  • Practical Nutritional Assessment
  • Therapeutic Aspects of Clinical Nutrition
  • Nutrition and Public Health
  • Malnutrition in the Community
  • Disease and Disordered Eating

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-15,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, laboratory work, site visits and practicals. Assessment is through examination, presentations, essays, practical reports and the dissertation.

Placement

Students are offered the opportunity to attend related clinics at University College London Hospital.These take place on non-teaching days, ie Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Clinical and Public Health Nutrition MSc

Careers

This MSc is particularly suitable for candidates who wish to pursue a lifelong career in the field of cutting-edge translational research and the practice of nutrition therapy in the health services of the UK and other countries, or in the clinical nutrition industry. This programme will provide an ideal foundation for graduates who wish subsequently to undertake a PhD within UCL or elsewhere.

Whilst this MSc does not lead to registration to practice as a dietitian, it provides a firm foundation for an application (via the indirect route) for registration with the Association for Nutrition, a professional body that holds the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN), a competency-based register of nutritionists.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Dietitian, Ministry of Health Malaysia
  • Nutritionist, Ghana Health Service
  • PhD Clinical Medicine, University of East Anglia (UEA)
  • MPhil/PhD Nutrition and Health, UCL

Employability

This programme runs within the School of Life and Medical Sciences; one of the largest and most prestigious aggregations of academics in its field, with a global reputation for teaching informed by cutting-edge research. Our close links with major hospitals and public health organisations allows students to perform significant nutrition projects. Some use the MSc to improve their medical/clinical knowledge-base, or to gain entry to Dietetics courses; one in eight will continue with PhD studies; several are working in the voluntary sector or in industry; one is a leading public health clinician, several teach and research in home universities.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL delivers a high proportion of nutrition teaching to medical undergraduates because many UCL staff engage in research with a nutritional dimension.

As part of the internationally renowned Institute for Liver and Digestive Health, within the UCL Division of Medicine, we link with clinical services at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and the Royal Free Hospital. Students benefit from the expertise of the many clinicians and scientists who teach on this MSc.

UCL has a rich and varied research environment. Students can choose projects, which will develop research skills in clinical and public health settings with supervisors from across UCL, the London community or elsewhere.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Medicine

80% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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This MSc in Public Health Nutrition will provide you with the specialist scientific knowledge and practical skills required to meet the nutritional challenges of the 21st century. Read more
This MSc in Public Health Nutrition will provide you with the specialist scientific knowledge and practical skills required to meet the nutritional challenges of the 21st century. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the role diet and nutrients play in the aetiology, prevention, treatment and management of diseases, discovering how to apply this knowledge in a variety of health-based settings and make evidence-based judgements on appropriate nutritional care. You will also develop a clear understanding of the factors that influence food choice. The context for the programme is provided by societal issues such as a rapidly ageing population, food poverty and food insecurity, health inequalities in nutritional wellbeing and the high prevalence of obesity.

What will I study?

You will learn about the metabolism of nutrients with regards to their effect on the causation and prevention of disease, while exploring the psychological models of behaviour and behaviour change in relation to food choice. Global health challenges, such as maternal and child nutrition, sustainable food production and food poverty, will also be considered.

Alongside this you will study emerging topics in the field of nutrition that have an impact on health status. This will include issues such as nutrigenomics and the impact of sugar intake on health.

The knowledge and skills you develop throughout the course will be utilised in a project-based module that will provide you with the opportunity to complete a research project relevant to your own interests or area of employment. This will be underpinned by a dedicated module enhancing your knowledge of research methods and the research process.

How will I study?

The programme incorporates a variety of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, workshops, student-led seminars, practical activities and case studies. This varied approach is designed to meet a range of learning needs, encourage problem-solving skills and foster peer discussion and communication. Teaching will usually be delivered during the daytime.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods are varied and include a combination of essays, case studies, presentations and examinations.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by specialists in the fields of nutrition, health, physiology, biochemistry and psychology. The programme team are actively engaged in nutrition-related research and consultancy and will use this expertise to support and enhance your learning experience.

What are my career prospects?

You will be able to register with the Association for Nutrition as an Associate Nutritionist upon completion of the course via the submission of a portfolio of evidence.

This programme provides ideal preparation to progress into nutrition-related roles in many organisations within the public and private sector. These include local authorities, charitable organisations, the NHS, health promotion organisations, the leisure industry and the private sector. Alternatively, you may wish to progress onto PhD study to further develop a specialist knowledge of nutrition.

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The course provides training in public health nutrition in a global setting. An integrated programme covers epidemiological, dietary, public health, social and biological aspects of nutritional science. Read more

The course provides training in public health nutrition in a global setting. An integrated programme covers epidemiological, dietary, public health, social and biological aspects of nutritional science. Specialist topics include: maternal and child nutrition; nutrition in emergencies; nutrition programme planning, evaluation and monitoring; nutrition-related chronic disease. The main programme focus is on nutritional problems in low and middle-income countries – although skills and learning outcomes are widely applicable to populations globally.

The course attracts graduates from many countries and various disciplines who wish to equip themselves for global health nutrition research and teaching, operational work in the field or community nutrition programmes, work in public health nutrition, including health promotion and nutrition education, and for policy and programme planning in nutrition.The MSc has been designed to focus on nutritional problems in low and middle income countries. This course is not a dietetic qualification.

Graduates work for local and national governments, NGOs, international agencies, academic institutions, and in fields ranging from food emergencies to research on nutrient-gene interactions.

Course Accreditation

The course is accredited by UK Association for Nutrition (http://www.associationfornutrition.org/), Graduates can apply for direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists.

- Full programme specification (pdf) (https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/files/ngh_progspec.pdf)

- Intercalating this course (https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/courses/ways-study/intercalating-study-masters-degree)

Visit the website https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/nutrition-global-health

Applicants who have worked in nutrition, health or other relevant global nutrition activities will be given preference.

Any student who does not meet the minimum entry requirement above but who has relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application.

Objectives

By the end of this course students should be able to:

- demonstrate an advanced knowledge of nutrition for global health at biological, social and policy levels

- assess critically, select and apply a range of appropriate research skills and techniques, from anthropometry and information on dietary intake to broader analytical skills

- interpret and synthesise different types of data used to analyse and assess nutritional problems at population and population sub-group levels

- evaluate critically the findings of scientific studies of public health nutrition

- disseminate and present findings of research in a range of formats and contexts

- identify and formulate appropriate responses and intervention strategies to address nutritional issues, taking into account the public health and social policy contexts

- apply knowledge of effective teamwork and communication skills to solve problems and achieve goals

Structure

Term 1:

All students take three compulsory modules:

- Fundamental Public Health Nutrition

- Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health

- Basic Epidemiology

One additional optional module may also be taken from:

- Principles of Social Research

- Health Promotion Theory

- Health Policy, Process and Power

Term 2:

Students take a total of five modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). The list below shows recommended modules. There are other modules which can only be taken after consultation with the course director.

*Recommended modules

- Slot 1:

Maternal and Child Nutrition (compulsory)

- Slot 2:

Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies*

Family Planning Programmes

History & Health

Qualitative Methodologies

Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

- Slot 3:

Current Issues in Safe Motherhood & Perinatal Health

Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases

Nutrition in Emergencies

Tropical Environmental Health

- Slot 4:

Nutrition-Related Chronic Disease (compulsory)

- Slot 5:

Advance Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

Analysing Survey & Population Data

Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries

Nutrition Programme Planning

Principles and Practice of Public Health

Further details for the course modules - https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/courses/masters-degrees/module-specifications

Project Report

During the summer months (July - August), students complete research project which enables them to work on a subject of special interest, practice skills of analysis and presentation, and integrate different aspects of the year's work, for submission by early September.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/msphn.html#sixth



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This stream provides the knowledge and skills necessary to improve the health of populations across high-, middle- and low-income settings. Read more

This stream provides the knowledge and skills necessary to improve the health of populations across high-, middle- and low-income settings. The emphasis is on the use, development and critical evaluation of conceptual models; evidence and methods of analysis; and on practical, effective interventions.

Graduates from this stream work in health care, health policy and public health organisations at local, national and international level in service and academic public health roles.

If your main interest is public health in low-income countries please refer to the MSc Public Health for Development.

Duration: one year full time; part-time or split-study over two years. Modes of study explained.

- Full programme specification (pdf) (https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/files/phph_progspec.pdf)

This course is accredited by the Agency for Accreditation of Public Health Education in the European Region (APHEA) which is the accreditation body of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER).

Visit the website https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/public-health-general-stream

An additional requirement for the MSc Public Health (all streams) is some evidence of ability in mathematics, post-16 year education. Preference will also be given to applicants with relevant work experience.

Any student who does not meet the minimum entry requirement above but who has relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application.

Objectives

By the end of this stream students should be able to demonstrate ability to apply knowledge of the core disciplines of public health, consisting of statistics; epidemiology; health economics; and social research, to real health problems. In addition, they should be able to:

- critically assess key public health functions

- demonstrate knowledge and skills in a range of topics related to public health

- formulate, implement and evaluate appropriate policy responses to public health problems

- show competence in critically evaluating and communicating research evidence

Structure

Term 1:

Students complete the Public Health common core, consisting of four compulsory modules:

Basic Statistics for Public Health & Policy

Basic Epidemiology

Introduction for Health Economics

Principles of Social Research

In addition, students intending to follow this stream must take Issues in Public Health. The remaining module can be selected from:

Environment, Health & Sustainable Development

Health Promotion Theory

Health Policy, Process & Power

Health Services

Terms 2 and 3:

Students take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). The list below shows recommended modules. There are other modules which may be taken only after consultation with the Course Directors.

- Slot 1:

Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco

Economic Evaluation

Health Care Evaluation

Health Promotion Approaches and Methods

Research Design & Analysis

Study Design: Writing a Study Proposal

- Slot 2:

Conflict and Health

Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies

Health Systems

History & Health

Qualitative Methodologies

Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

- Slot 3:

Applied Communicable Disease Control

Economic Analysis for Health Policy

Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases

Medical Anthropology and Public Health

Organisational Management

- Slot 4:

Analytical Models for Decision Making

Design & Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes

Environmental Epidemiology

Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases

Ethics, Public Health & Human Rights

Evaluation of Public Health Interventions

Globalisation & Health

Nutrition Related Chronic Diseases

Reviewing the Literature

- Slot 5:

Principles and Practice of Public Health (compulsory)

By arrangement, students may be able to substitute specified Distance Learning modules for up to two modules in certain timetable slots. Any such substitutions will need to be discussed with the Course Directors. Full details are contained in the MSc Course Handbook.

Further details for the course modules - https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/public-health-general-stream#structure

Project Report:

Students prepare a project report during the summer months (July - August), for submission by early September.

Intercalating this course

Undergraduate medical students can take a year out either to pursue related studies or work. The School welcomes applications from medical students wishing to intercalate after their third year of study from any recognised university in the world.

Why intercalate with us?:

Reputation: The School has an outstanding international reputation in public health & tropical medicine and is at the forefront of global health research. It is highly rated in a number of world rankings including:

- World’s leading research-focused graduate school (Times Higher Education World Rankings, 2013)

- Third in the world for social science and public health (US News Best Global Universities Ranking, 2014)

- Second in UK for research impact (Research Exercise Framework 2014)

- Top in Europe for impact (Leiden Ranking, 2015)

Highly recognised qualification: possessing a Master's from the School will give you a focused understanding of health and disease, broaden your career prospects and allow you to be immersed in research in a field of your choice.

Valuable skills: you will undertake an independent research project (summer project) in your chosen topic, equipping you with research skills that will distinguish you in a clinical environment. While your medical qualification will give you a breadth of knowledge; undertaking an intercalated degree will allow you to explore your main area of interest in greater depth.

Alumni network: the School has a strong international and diverse alumni community, with more than 20,000 alumni in over 180 countries.

MSc vs. BSc: undertaking an MSc is an excellent opportunity to develop in-depth specialist knowledge in your chosen topic and enhance your skills in scientific research. Postgraduate qualifications are increasingly sought after by clinicians and possessing a Masters qualification can assist you in your future career progression.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/public-health-general-stream#how-to-apply



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Over six core modules, two electives and a dissertation, you explore and critique key concepts and models in public health theory, policy and practice. Read more

Over six core modules, two electives and a dissertation, you explore and critique key concepts and models in public health theory, policy and practice.

The course is interesting to

  • (public) health practitioners currently working in the UK or overseas: each year, the cohort has been made up of around 60% overseas students from all over the world alongside students from a range of public health organisations in the local area. If you currently work in a public health role you can gain academic credit for work based learning in the public health practice elective
  • practitioners not in a public health role, but working in organisations with a (potential) public health remit, for example local authorities, housing associations, schools, social services, criminal justice system, voluntary and community organisations
  • practitioners working with population groups who experience inequality, for example people with disabilities, older people, asylum seekers and refugees, people who are unemployed, people with mental health conditions, people with chronic illness, and who wish to explore these communities in a public health context.
  • students who have just completed their undergraduate studies in a related discipline. In the past we have had students from social work, education, sports science, food and nutrition, nursing and a range of professions allied to medicine.

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 emerging agendas?

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

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.

International students are most welcome on this course. At Sheffield Hallam University we provide international students with a wealth of support, from pre-arrival right up to, and including, study support whilst you are studying here. Please see the International Experience Team webpage for more information.

Course structure

Full-time – 18 months (four modules a semester plus dissertation)

Part-time – typically three years (two modules a semester plus dissertation). Part-time students attend four hours a week on campus during the day. 

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
  • Inequality, health and poverty
  • Health, culture and public health development work
  • Public health evidence
  • Foundation of epidemiology A
  • Foundation of epidemiology B
  • Infectious diseases and long term conditions
  • Dissertation

Options

Choose one from

  • Public health nutrition
  • Public health practice

Assessment

Students are assessed using a variety of methods: reports, presentations, book reviews and essays and for all but three assessment tasks students are able to choose a public health topic and/or population group on which to focus their work. There are no examinations.

Employability

By successfully completing this course, you may find that it makes it easier to gain promotion, or enter jobs in public health departments of primary care trusts. Previous graduates have gained roles such as teenage pregnancy coordinator, health promotion specialist and five-a-day co-ordinator. Others have joined local authorities, the voluntary sector such as Agewell, and become Sure Start managers.

A number of graduates have remained in their roles as health visitors, public health nurses or midwives, working more strategically and in more depth. Overseas students have used the qualification to work successfully in their own countries. Some people have taken the course to work towards becoming a nurse consultant.

The course also provides an excellent foundation for further academic study including PhDs.



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The MSc in Public Health course has been designed within a multi-professional, modular framework that draws on a wide range of disciplines. Read more

The MSc in Public Health course has been designed within a multi-professional, modular framework that draws on a wide range of disciplines.

The course combines a set of four compulsory core modules (Principles and Practice of Public Health, Epidemiology, Essential Statistics in Health and Medical Research, and Research Methods and Critical Appraisal) with a range of optional modules (eg Health Protection, Nutrition in Public Health, International Health etc) which allows students to focus on areas relevant to their work and professional interests. The research dissertation module provides an excellent opportunity to integrate study-based learning with a work-based research project improving students' competencies and skills to enhance their long-term career in public health.

The course delivers a solid grounding in public health theory and practice to provide a mechanism for analysing and instituting change in practice and to support public health leadership and registration. This is particularly pertinent in a challenging time of change and the course addresses recent moves in responsibility for the delivery of public health programmes. Teaching sessions are delivered by academicians and practitioners who are active in the field. The inter-professional background of the course participants fosters an environment in which occupational experiences are shared and a wider understanding of multidisciplinary public health issues is gained. 

Key areas of study

  • Principles and practice of public health
  • Epidemiology
  • Research methods and critical appraisal
  • Essential statistics in health and medical care
  • Health protection
  • Global public health
  • Health economics
  • Nutrition in public health

Course structure

Most modules are assessed by means of a 3,000 word in-depth evaluation of a topic agreed by the student and module leader.

The course has two streams: Public Health and Public Health and Management

PGCert in Public Health

PLUS

  • One other module from the core or optional list (20 credits)

PGDip in Public Health

PLUS

  • Two modules from the optional module list (20 + 20 Credits)

MSc in Public Health

PGDip essential modules

PLUS

  • Two modules from the optional module list (20 + 20 Credits)

PLUS

Optional Module List

OR

*Modules run in alternate years. Health protection runs every odd year (eg 2017, 2019) and Nutrition in Public Health runs every even year (eg 2016, 2018).

Career opportunities

Course participants are empowered to develop public health practice which has a positive impact on their communities.

Teaching sessions are delivered by academicians and practitioners who are active in the field. Course participants are empowered to develop public health practice which has a positive impact on their community. The course prepares students to pursue careers related to public health in a range of national and international public and non-governmental organisations. 



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In the first academic year of the MSc program, the students of the 3 main subjects have several courses in common, aiming in giving them all an in-depth knowledge and know-how related to nutrition and rural development related topics, creating a common academic level between all program students of diverse backgrounds. Read more
In the first academic year of the MSc program, the students of the 3 main subjects have several courses in common, aiming in giving them all an in-depth knowledge and know-how related to nutrition and rural development related topics, creating a common academic level between all program students of diverse backgrounds. The common part of the programme consists on the one hand of basic knowledge, insights and skills in the areas of production, transformation, preservation, marketing and consumption of food products. On the other hand, it contains a practically oriented component that enables the alumni to identify problems by means of quantitative and qualitative research methods and analytical techniques, to assess and rank causes, and to plan, to execute and to evaluate appropriate interventions.

The other part of courses given during the first year are main subject specific courses. The academic second year provides a more in depth understanding of the specific problems and their solutions for the main subject and major chosen and consists of main subject and major specific courses, elective (optional) courses and Master Dissertation research (30 ECTS).

The specific expertise the students receive depends on the main subject , major and optional courses chosen.

Human nutrition

Transfers specific and profound knowledge, insights and skills related to the food and public health nutrition security problems and possible solutions at population level. Therefore, this subject focuses on themes such as food chemistry, food and nutrition science, nutritional requirements, food and nutrition policy, nutrition surveillance, nutrition disorders, nutrition research, food and nutrition interventions, food safety, nutrition epidemiology, consumer behaviour, rural development and agriculture, development economics, project management, and project planning.

Structure

Semester 1 (Sept-Jan)
-Preceded by introduction courses.
-Common and main subject specific basic courses.
-Fundamental, in depth and high level knowledge.
Semester 2 (Febr-June)
-Main subject specific courses with special attention to ‘in field’ applications.
-Possibility to do internships in summer holidays.
Semester 3 (Sept-Jan) and Semester 4 (Febr-June)
-Specialised courses (fine-tuned individual programme).
-Master dissertation (at Ghent University, other Belgian institutes/organizations/multinationals or one of our partners in the South or Europe).

Learning outcomes

Have thorough knowledge and comprehension (theory and practice) l in the interdisciplinary domains: food and feed production, socio-economic, (public health) nutrition and management concepts, theories and skills, and in the main subject specific domains and the chosen major domains. The program additionally focuses on international collaboration.
-Major: Public Health Nutrition : Have profound insights in public health nutrition realities and compare public health nutrition issues, approaches and policies within the international context.
-Major Nutrition Security and Management: Have profound insights in different food/nutrition security realities and compare nutrition security issues, approaches and (nutrition) policies within an international context.
-Major Plant Production: Have profound insights in plant production realities and compare plant production issues, and approaches within the international context.
-Major Animal Production: Have profound insights in animal production realities and compare animal production issues, and approaches within the international context.

Apply theories and methodological approaches to characterize and analyse specific problems: food, nutrition and agricultural chains, food sovereignty /safety and security, natural resource management, sustainable production, economic and social problems of rural areas, national and international agriculture.

Design and implement adequate instruments, methods, models and innovative tools to analyse, evaluate and solve interdisciplinary related problems in the context of sustainable development.

Apply the interdisciplinary tools to design, implement, monitor and evaluate national and international agro-nutrition policies and programs. More specifically:
-For Human Nutrition: construct innovative tools and instruments for the development of a better nutritional health status of a country/region/area and its inhabitants/households.
-For Tropical agriculture: a more efficient and economic feasible agricultural balanced, food production guaranteeing a better food security situation per country respecting local environment.

Assess the importance and magnitude of a problem, define strategies for intervention and/or identify knowledge gaps. Develop a research protocol based on the analysis of existing evidence and set up a research plan, analyse and interpret the data and present the findings.

Identify, select and apply appropriate research methods and techniques to collect, analyses and critically interpret data.

Critically reflect on program specific issues, and on ethical and value driven aspects of research and intervention strategies.

Take up a trans-disciplinary role in an interdisciplinary ((inter)national) team dealing with global challenges, and develop a global perspective.

Dialogue and professionally interact with different actors and stakeholders from peers to a general public to convincingly communicate evidence based research findings and project results.

To effectively use appropriate communication and behavioural skills in different language and cultural environments.

Learn to continuously critically reflect (individually and in discussion with others) upon personal knowledge, skills, attitudes, functioning, and develop an attitude of lifelong learning. This includes:
-Design and plan own learning processes.
-Self-Directed Learning: work independently, take initiative, and manage a project through to completion.

Other admission details

The applicant must be proficient in the language of the course or training programme, i.e. English. The English language proficiency can be met by providing a certificate (validity of 5 years) of one of the following tests: (TOEFL/IELTS predictive tests and TOEIC will not be accepted):
-TOEFL IBT 80.
-TOEFL PBT 550.
-ACADEMIC IELTS 6,5 overall score with a min. of 6 for writing.
-CEFR B2 Issued by a European university language centre.
-ESOL CAMBRIDGE English CAE (Advanced).

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The course is intended for all those interested in promoting health and well-being. The course can be done in two ways. First there is the full-time course where the taught component and the Dissertation need to be completed within 1 year. Read more
The course is intended for all those interested in promoting health and well-being.

The course can be done in two ways. First there is the full-time course where the taught component and the Dissertation need to be completed within 1 year. The second option is to study part-time where the taught component is run over 2 years and the Dissertation is completed by the end of year 3.

Compulsory modules:

The 80 credits of taught core modules (which are compulsory) are:

Social and Behavioural Sciences (10 credits)
Principles and Practices of Public Health and Health Promotion (20 credits)
Health Economics (20 credits)
Research Methods (20 credits)
Epidemiology (10 credits)
Optional modules:

40 credits are also chosen from a selection of optional modules which include:

Public Health Nutrition (20 credits)
Accountability in Health & Social Care (20 credits)
Leadership, Quality, Innovation & Change (20 credits)
Work-Based Learning (20 credits)
Promoting Mental Health and Well-Being (20 credits)
If you wish to achieve your MSc you will also need to successfully complete a Research Dissertation (60 credits).

Programme philosophy
As the course is intended for those interested in promoting health and well-being, it has been developed in collaboration with practitioners and specialists in the field of public health and health promotion in the UK. The programme is aimed at multi-agency, multi-disciplinary and multi-professional UK and international students. This programme provides opportunity for students of public health and health promotion to develop their skills to manage change, lead public health programmes, and to work with individuals, groups and communities. The programme aims to develop people who:

Have Public Health and Health Promotion knowledge and skills
Understand the inter‑relationships between the factors that influence health
Can critically analyse and reflect on public health and health promotion theory, research and practice
Can present evidence on the basis of underpinning theory and understanding
Have the necessary skills, motivation and commitment to engage in lifelong learning and continuing professional development.
Postgraduate students are recognised as individuals possessing substantial knowledge and experience; their contributions are of value, and can enhance the learning experiences of the other students.

Intended programme outcomes
The course provides opportunities for students to achieve and demonstrate the following learning outcomes.

Knowledge and understanding

Students will gain knowledge and understanding of:

Social and behavioural sciences: the social, psychological, political and cultural influences affecting health promotion and public health policy and practice.
Health economics: the key concepts of scarcity, choice and opportunity cost in health economics.
Research: quantitative and qualitative research, their approaches to scientific inquiry, their methodologies and related methods.
Epidemiology: epidemiological principles and research to inform public health and health promotion.
Principles and practice of public health promotion: the theory and practice of health promotion within the new public health agenda.
Subject Specific Skills

Students will have opportunities to:

Develop surveillance and assessment skills relating to the population’s health and well-being.
Critically understand the skills needed for promoting and protecting the population’s health and well-being.
Develop strategic qualities to improve health and well-being.
Develop skills in working with, and for, communities to improve health and well-being.
Promote people’s equality, diversity and rights.
Ethically manage self, people and resources to improve health and well-being.
Conduct and/or interpret health promotion and public health research.
Cognitive (thinking) Skills

Students will have the ability to:

Recognise, critically analyse, and apply theories, paradigms, concepts and principles of public health and health promotion.
Critically understand research and development.
Analyse, synthesise, and apply information logically and critically.
Reflect and utilise reflection to enhance self-awareness, knowledge and skills.
Key Skills

Students will be able to:

Critically analyse knowledge from relevant sources to develop and present coherent arguments.
Communicate clearly, concisely, and confidently in spoken and written formats.
Plan, perform and report on public health and health promotion data with due regard to ethical issues.
Use and interpret evidence critically.
Develop the capacity for independent learning and effective utilisation of available resources.
Use IT skills, effectively utilising computing and word processing facilities, electronic databases and Blackboard.

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