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The Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate in Applied Public Health is an innovative course which provides a relevant and engaging learning experience for anyone whose work includes some responsibility for the determinants of health. The course has been designed to meet the needs of a wide range of professionals working to achieve improvements in health. It aims to provide participants with the opportunity to develop the skills required to meet existing and emerging challenges in public health.

This postgraduate course emphasises the application of theory to practice and the associated development of relevant skills. You will consider planning, strategies and public health in action. This includes consideration of key themes such as diet/nutrition, child and young person, healthy settings and the media.


Teaching and learning will utilise a number of innovative approaches. Students will utilise case studies to consider real world approaches to the subject. The course also uses problem solving approaches and action learning, encouraging students to engage with each other and with the subject as well as offering the more traditional teaching formats such as workshops, lectures and seminars. Tutorial support and guidance is also available to students via module and personal tutors.

The course is assessed by assignments and presentation. Wherever possible assignments have 'real world' relevance. Assessments have been structured to be relevant to the workplace and to assess the key skills required for public health work. There is a wide range of support on offer to students at the university to assist them in improving their study skills and preparing for assessment including the WISER student centred learning centre and use of eLearn.


A postgraduate qualification in applied public health would enhance career prospects in a range of professions engaged in working towards achievements in health, including health community work, medicine, sport and leisure, environment, and education. Opportunities exist in management, strategic and educational as well as practitioner posts.


Studying Applied Public Health you will also address contemporary issues in health protection together with the skills needed for hazard surveillance and risk management. You will also study research methods, epidemiology and informatics to inform evidence based approaches to public health.

The learning outcomes of the core modules are mapped against the Royal Institute of Public Health National Standards for Specialist Public Health Practice as well as the NHS Knowledge and Skills Competency Framework.

Teaching methods include: lectures, seminars, workshops, self-directed learning, blended learning, problem based learning, action learning. Assessments are designed to have real world relevance and include: briefing papers, presentations, poster presentations, press releases, project management, etc.

Students successfully completing the Postgraduate Diploma Applied Public Health may progress onto the MSc Applied Public Health.

Visit the Applied Public Health - PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!




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