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Course content

The essence of public health is to prevent disease, promote health and prolong life. It focusses on populations and is concerned with whole system approaches rather than on individuals. Public health professionals include those from a wide variety of backgrounds including nursing, medicine and dentistry, environmental health, public policy, law and social sciences.

The three functions of public health include the assessment and monitoring of community needs for health and wellbeing, the formulation of policies that promote health and wellbeing and to ensure that equal access to appropriate care and services is prioritised.

Our programme will enable you to develop the appropriate skills through training that covers epidemiology and research methods, statistics, public health foundations and an understanding of the epidemiology of infection, disease and injury. You will also have the opportunity to choose particular modules that suit your future career plans.

The MPH is run in association with the Hull York Medical School (HYMS) and the department is a member of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER).

Who is eligible?

The public health training offered at York is suitable for those from a wide variety of disciplines who plan to work as public health practitioners, to become researchers, to work in governmental or non-governmental organisations in the UK or internationally for those who wish to go on to study medicine or for a PhD. The course also provides a solid foundation for those planning to take the membership examination of the Faculty of Public Health. Previous students have included:
-Policy makers
-Lawyers
-Paramedics
-Nurses
-Midwives
-Medical students in training who 'intercalate'
-Doctors
-Biomedical scientists
-Dentists
-Pharmacists
-Anthropologists
-Historians

Course content

Training involves one-year full-time (3-days a week) or two-years part-time (1-2 days a week) with the option to exit from the course with a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health after successful completion of the taught modules.

The course is modular and provides a range of compulsory and optional modules that will equip you with the necessary knowledge, skills, practice and experience to improve your understanding of:
-Research methods applicable to population-based research
-The impact of major communicable and non-communicable diseases on population health globally
-Effective methods of disease prevention and health promotion
-Health inequalities and their effect on health and wellbeing
-Health systems approaches to public health globally
-Public health practice and policy
-Epidemiology and statistics
-The theory and practice of health promotion
-Ethics and human rights in health practice
-Leadership and management skills

Visit the Master of Public Health - MPH page on the University of York website for more details!

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