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.
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.
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.
The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition. This enables graduates to register with the Association for Nutrition as an Associate Nutritionist.
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)
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.
Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Child Public Health at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).
The Child Public Health course aims to equip students with a knowledge of the multitude of factors that affect infant, child and family health and the importance of health in early childhood for future national health, well being and growth.
- The course explores the evidence base behind current child public health, policy and practice
- Considers the real world implications of research for infants, children and families in health, social and educational settings
- Equips students with the knowledge and evidence base to develop and change practice in their field
- Developed by researchers with leading international reputations in the field of child health
- Delivered by experts with professional backgrounds in their field
Teaching and Employability:
- Taught by an interdisciplinary team including Public Health experts, Psychologists, Sociologists, Midwives and Child Nurses
- Teaching staff have strong professional links in practice in health, social care, social work and education
- Teaching is research led, informed by the research expertise and international networks of the team
- Opportunity to pursue a PhD supervised by a well-qualified member of the team
Ever wondered why mothers are encouraged to breastfeed?
Or why so much attention is paid to childhood obesity?
Do you believe that mothers should be ‘grateful that they have a healthy baby’ or is birth experience more important than that?
Perhaps you are a Professional working in practice and want to know the latest evidence behind what you do?
Or perhaps you are a Professional who wants to know the evidence behind an issue to strengthen your argument to drive forward a new policy?
Then this taught Master’s programme in Child Public Health is for you. Exploring the evidence base underpinning Child Public Health policy in the UK and Internationally, this course examines health issues for children (and their families) aged 0 – 11 years such as perinatal health, nutrition and immunisations. It highlights the importance of child health, not only as a concept of illness, but as affecting wider long term educational, social and emotional development.
The Child Public Health programme uses a bio-psycho-social approach to critically evaluate the multitude of factors that influence child health and the role of multi-disciplinary professionals, policy makers and government in child health promotion and governance. Overall, it will emphasise the importance of the early years upon future child and population health and consider the public health policies and interventions established to promote and enhance this.
The Child Public Health course will:
- Enhance understanding of the evidence base that drives Child Public Health policy, promotion and practice
- Develop students critical perspective on the importance of child health, the interplay of factors that affect it and the impact it can have upon child outcomes
- Promote critical understanding of child health from an integrated, holistic perspective examining evidence from biological, psychological and social angles
- Raise awareness of the number of professions who play a role in Child Public Health and explore the importance of inter-professional working
-Equip students with the knowledge to understand and promote child health in professional settings
Modules on the Child Public Health course may include:
Issues in Child Public Health
Sociology of Child Public Health
Childhood Nutrition and Growth
Common Childhood Illness
Understanding and Observing Child Development
Advanced Practice with Children
Therapeutic Work with Children
Children's Rights and Safeguarding Children and Young people
MSc Child Public Health students will take 180 credits comprising five compulsory modules (20 credits each), one optional module (20 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).
Students wishing to exit on successful completion of 60 credits at level M can be awarded a PGCert in Child Public Health.
Students who successfully complete 120 credits at level M but do not successfully complete the Dissertation module can exit with a PGDip in Child Public Health.
The teaching team consists of staff with backgrounds in teaching, research and professional expertise in the field of child public health. The team is active in their research and have considerable experience of encouraging students to publish their research; an indicator of high quality.
Child Public Health students have access to a multi-media teaching suite; take part in interactive teaching sessions where student involvement enhances learning and practical hands-on sessions with visiting speakers.
The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience.
Available at our Glasgow and London campuses
Turn public health theory into social action and create meaningful change at the local, national and international levels with our MSc Public Health. You'll join practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds in this unique and highly relevant programme. Develop the knowledge and skills you need to advance your career and improve the lives of people round the world.
Through a blended approach of traditional instruction supported by online study, your programme prepares you to make a positive impact across a broad range of issues in public health- from preventing disease and minimising its consequences to prolonging life and improving health equity. We've designed a variety of assessments - including written assignments, project proposals, small-scale research and systematic reviews - to make sure you get the most out of your studies.
Whether you choose to study at our Glasgow campus or our London campus, you'll learn from GCU staff who embody our commitment to the common good through their close working relationships with local and international communities - and through their contributions to world-class research in the field of public health.
Principles and Theory of Public Health
This module will include an overview of the history of public health and current theoretical frameworks, the principles of epidemiology and health needs assessment and the importance of public health policies and the wider public health workforce in supporting the application of theory to practice.
Health Economics and Development
This module is designed to provide students with the analytical tools to understand, from an economic perspective: the nature of health care systems internationally; how to assess health care reforms and specific health intervention programmes; and frameworks of health determinants. The module is divided into three main parts; the basic economics of health care systems, evaluation of health care and economic perspectives on health determinants.
Public Health Theory to Social Action
This module will encourage students to undertake activities that will enhance their knowledge on how community development approaches aim to support communities to address health inequalities. In addition it will provide students with the skills to be able to critically analyse and evaluate the relationship between public health theory and its application to social action.
Advanced Epidemiology, Application and Evaluation in Practice
During this module students will further develop and enhance their knowledge and understanding of epidemiological approaches and their application to public health practice.
It particularly aims to develop a practical understanding of how the techniques used to undertake epidemiological studies can be used to gather and interpret knowledge which can support the planning and implementation of new social action initiatives and evaluate existing activities.
Evaluating Evidence to Develop Research and Inform Practice
This module is designed to develop students' critical and practical understanding of research methods which can be applied to inform practice. It requires students to learn about the evaluation of literature, research design along with data collection and interpretation that relates to the student's field. Students will engage with the critical appraisal of evidence from published research literature, qualitative and quantitative methodologies, structured literature reviewing, research ethics, research design, data collection and relevant data analyses.
This module is available to our campus-based students.
This module is designed to gain first-hand experience of organisations currently delivering a social determinant approach to delivering public health goals. Students spend 15 days working alongside organisation staff to experience specific aspects of Public Health policy research and practice.
Students select a relevant organisation allowing them to explore, organise and administer an educational placement in an area/organisation of their choosing in terms of specialty and/ or geographical location. The student will consider a person centred approach as well as the key strategic local, national and international imperatives. Students will take responsibility for their learning by setting personal and professional learning outcomes for their placement. The module allows students to demonstrate reflection and reasoning in relation to a specific aspect of Public Health. Longer placements are possible if attached to their chosen dissertation.
Examples of recent placements include spending time at the National Institute of Health and Social Care Excellence; Social Action for Health (a voluntary agency in the East End of London - http://www.safh.org.uk; Health Action Partnership International (a charity advocating for change at a national and global level) and the Centre for Health in Valencia, Spain.
This module requires students to undertake an independent research project, in the form of a critical literature review, on an area of interest that also contributes to the body of knowledge in their profession.
Modules are delivered via lectures, seminars, tutorials, interactive discussions, directed and self-directed study.
All modules provide opportunities for you to receive feedback on your academic work. The length and nature of assessments is dependent on module specific learning outcomes. Examples of assessment activities within the programme include written assignments on a given public health perspective, open book examinations, project plans, research proposals and a small scale research study or systematic review.
Modules will have either one larger summative assessment at the end of the module or two smaller assessments, spaced throughout the module. A Pass mark is awarded at 50% or above, and students must gain Pass marks in all modules.
Whether you choose a future in academia or pursue a career in the private, public or third sector, you'll be ready to compete for top positions in the UK and beyond. Our recent graduates contribute in a variety of fields including health improvement and health protection, hold roles in teaching and research and serve in public health teams round the world.