The MSc Health Policy will develop your understanding of, and critical engagement with, key challenges in health policy. Both state and non-state actors grapple with how best to promote the health of communities and populations, including the most effective strategies for preventing disease, ensuring efficient and high quality health care, and reducing health inequalities.
These challenges extend beyond the traditional domain of the health sector, requiring engagement with economic and social policy and a range of non-state actors including third sector organisations, commercial interests and international agencies.
The MSc in Health Policy is designed for individuals interested in a wide range of health-related roles including government and international agencies, health advocacy, health administration and health care delivery, consultancies, advisory roles, the commercial sector, and health-related research. Within the programme there is scope for you to specialise in either health systems or health inequalities, or to follow a broad policy stream.
The Health Systems stream is ideal for those seeking to work in health care policy, planning or management, in either the public or private sectors. It will expose you to different models of health care financing, purchasing and delivery, equipping them to engage with key contemporary challenges and debates including how to achieve sustainable health care financing, the role of the state in health care, the appropriate mix of public and private provision, and how best to achieve the goals of equity, efficiency and quality in health care delivery.
The Health Inequalities stream is ideal for those seeking to engage with health disparities both between and within countries, particularly those relating to inequities in social structures and power. In this stream you will explore evidence and policy responses to health inequalities across a range of axes, including class/socioeconomic position, ethnicity/race and gender, and will consider how health and its determinants are shaped by a range of influences including social and economic policy, commercial power and political conflict. This stream is particularly suited to those interested in working in policy, advocacy and research settings with a focus on health equity.
You may also elect to follow a broad policy stream within the MSc Health Policy, rather than specialising in health systems or health inequalities. This stream equips you with an understanding of how health policy fits within broader approaches to social and economic policy, and is particularly suitable for individuals wanting to work in public policy, advocacy or research.
Our students come from countries at all levels of economic development and from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, with many using the MSc as an investment to develop their careers or move into a more policy-focused role. While the programme has a strong policy focus, it also includes an academic orientation so is good preparation for further research at PhD level.
The MSc programme is situated within the Global Public Health Unit, which is located in University’s School of Social and Political Science rather than a medical school. This reflects our programme’s reach across traditional boundaries, linking policy analysis, public health, social policy, economics, sociology, medicine and epidemiology. The MSc programme offers innovative research-led teaching that draws on academic expertise from all these disciplines, while also benefitting from close links with the Centre for Population Health Sciences in the University's medical college.
You will complete one compulsory course and a number of option courses.
Following the taught courses, you will work towards an independently researched dissertation.
This programme is designed to equip you with the knowledge and critical skills you need to play a senior role in health policy, advocacy and research.
Specific aims are to:
This programme is intended to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue employment positions in policy, advocacy and research roles relevant to health policy. Most students use the MSc as an investment to develop their careers or move into a more policy-focused area, including jobs with health agencies or consultancies, government departments, international organisations and third sector organisations. By combining an advanced degree from a world-leading university with expertise in an innovative field relevant to multiple policy agendas, students who successfully complete our programmes are well placed to secure interesting positions within an often very competitive area.
Our graduates in recent years have moved on to a range of exciting employment and research positions. These include positions with health departments and other government ministries in both high-income and developing countries; with agencies and donor organisations working in health care and health promotion; with international organisations and consultancy; research positions examining health systems for the European Union and other levels of regional governance; and employment in commercial sector organisations including pharmaceutical and other health-related companies.
All students have access to the Edinburgh University Careers Service during the programme and for two years after graduation.
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.
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.
The internationally renowned Dental Public Health MSc at UCL offers a challenging and innovative programme of study. Based in the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, a particular strength of the programme is the focus on exploring the application of public health philosophy to dental public health issues.
Students develop a broad understanding of the philosophy of dental public health, and in particular the underlying social, economic and political determinants of health. They are able to describe and apply the key principles of the Primary Health Care Approach, and demonstrate an up-to-date knowledge of current concepts and theories.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a project report (60 credits).
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a report of no more than 12,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is designed to encourage maximum student participation and involvement, and is based upon small group teaching seminars, where a questioning approach is actively encouraged, enabling students to challenge the basis for current dental policy and practice. Assessment is through internal assignments, examination, oral presentation and the research dissertation.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Dental Public Health MSc
Many former students have become chief dental officers, dental public health academics and planners in their own countries.
Recent career destinations for this degree
Many of our completing students go on to work within governing bodies, healthcare institutions and local dentist practices. A large number also go on to academic careers and commence research degrees within their specified areas of interest at various higher education institutes around the world.
Within the UK, several of our past students are now lecturers in dental public health, while others are consultants in dental public health working at Public Health England.
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.
UCL is one of the world's pioneering universities with a reputation for high-quality research. Located in the heart of London it is a stimulating and exciting environment in which to study.
UCL Epidemiology & Public Health is a friendly, thriving multidisciplinary department. Staff, specialising in biology, dentistry, economics, epidemiology, medicine, psychology, public health, statistics and sociology, aim to develop a better understanding of health and prevention of ill health through vigorous research at a global, national and local level. This knowledge is applied via teaching and contributions to national and international health policy and the wider public understanding of health.
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: Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care
81% 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.
The MPH 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.
You will attend interactive lectures, seminars and individual tutorials and take part in project and team work.
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 opportunities include lecturer, health development manager, public health advisor, health programme specialists, epidemiologist, medical practitioner positions in public health, clinical university teacher, research positions.