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Course content

This full-time course is designed to provide successful students with the necessary theoretical knowledge and skills which, when combined with appropriate further experience, will enable them to make a professional contribution to public health. Approximately two-thirds of the curriculum is shared with the MPhil in Epidemiology. The course draws on local strengths in quantitative methods and their application to the solution of public health problems. It covers most of the curriculum for the UK Faculty of Health Part A examination. Throughout the course students are able to draw on the research expertise within the Institute of Public Health and wider expertise in the University. The course is open to medical and non-medical graduates and is aimed at:

- Graduate students who wish to gain an advanced understanding in public health research
- Graduate students with practical experience in a health field, who wish have a career in public health
- Trainee public health physicians and public health specialists working in the NHS
- Public health professionals who wish to gain a fuller understanding of aetiologic and applied epidemiology and other disciplines at
the foundation of public health practice, and their application to the solution of public health problems

A variety of teaching and learning methods are used during the course including lectures, practical exercises, one-to-one supervisions and self-directed learning. The level moves from basic to advanced within the three terms.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/cvphmppbh

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course participants should:

- Have an sound understanding of basic epidemiological theory and be able to apply it in a practical setting
- Be able to identify, synthesis and criticise relevant published research literature
- Have the necessary skills to be able to analyse public health problems including: –
----selection of appropriate measures to describe the health status of populations and groups
----selection of appropriate measures by which to compare and rank public health problems
----the quantitative attribution of public health problems to their modifiable (putative) causes
----assessment of the potential benefit from the modification of causal exposures
----quantifying the uncertainty of quantities of public health interest
- Have developed a critical approach to the evaluation of their own and others research and analytic work
- Understand the sociological perspective on the experience of health and illness and of the evolution and functioning of medical institutions
- Understand the methods needed to control environmental and communicable hazards
- Understand the principles involved in the design and conduct of health promotion programmes
- Understand the principles involved in the management of health service organizations and in planning the future development of health services
- Understand the principles invovled in the economic assessment of health and of services for its protection and restoration
- Understand the main legal and ethical principles relevant to public health work

Format

A variety of teaching and learning methods are used during the course including lectures, practical exercises, one-to-one supervisions and self-directed learning. The level moves from basic to advanced within the three terms.

Detailed information on all aspects of the MPhil course in Public Health is shown on our website http://www.phpc.cam.ac.uk/graduate-studies/

Continuing

Students currently studying for the MPhil in Public Health in the Department, who wish to continue to a PhD, are required to achieve a minimum mark of 70%.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

There are no specific funding opportunities advertised for this course. For information on more general funding opportunities, please follow the link below.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

Visit the MPhil in Public Health page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!

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