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MSc Environmental & Public Health

Course Description

This course provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary postgraduate study of environmental and public health for students from diverse backgrounds and to enable you to develop the knowledge and skills necessary in modern Environmental Public Health (EPH) practice.

In particular the successful completion of the course will enable you to cope with rapid social, technological and organisational change through promoting an understanding of relevant concepts. The course also develops your critical and analytical powers in relation to Environmental Public Health.

The knowledge-base developed through study can assist you to demonstrate the knowledge required for application for entry on the United Kingdom Voluntary Register of Public Health Specialists.

Key benefits:

• Recognised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) as having cognate degree status
• Gain the knowledge required for the UK Voluntary Register of Public Health Specialists
• Vocational course with applied learning and input from visiting practitioners

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/environmental-and-public-health

Suitable for

This course is for students from diverse backgrounds who wish to enhance their career prospects in environmental and public health in local authorities, the NHS, the voluntary sector or private companies.

Programme details

This course involves engagement with a number of ideas drawn from law, economics and the social and physical sciences which are of relevance to the theory and practice of environmental and public intervention.

Modules address the existing and emerging challenges and explore contemporary management, technological and regulatory systems designed to reduce environmental risks.

A feature of the course is applied learning and an emphasis on contextualising study.

This course comprises four taught modules complemented by a research dissertation. Within the full-time course, three modules are compulsory with two studied in semester 1 and the remaining one in semester 2. The remaining module is optional and you can choose one module in semester 2 from the available options.

For part-time students the taught components span two academic years each consisting of two semesters between September and May. Year 1 involves the study of two core modules. Year 2 involves the study of one core and one optional module.


This course has both full-time and part-time routes, which, for the MSc, comprises three 14-week semesters or five 14-week semesters, which you can take within one or three years respectively:

• Semester 1 - September to February
• Semester 2 - February to June
• Semester 3 - June to September

Teaching is by lectures, some delivered by visiting practitioners, fieldwork; site visits, seminars and tutorials. You will also be provided with opportunities to review practical applications of environmental interventions designed to promote public health.

Module titles

• Research and Professional Practice
• Risk: Perception and Management
• Environment, Health and Wellbeing
• Control of Infectious and Non-Infectious Diseases
• Energy, Resources and Sustainability
• Dissertation


• Portfolio
• Case study
• Literature Review
• Report
• Presentation
• Dissertation

Career potential

Employment opportunities are available in developing policy and implementing environmental and public health practice in local authorities, health services, voluntary organisations and private companies. Graduates have also developed careers in public health education and research.

The course is designed both as a relevant vocational qualification for those seeking environmental and public health employment, and to meet the continuing professional development needs of personnel in government, industry and the voluntary sector. This course seeks to develop graduates who are able to play a leading role in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of environmental and public health policy initiatives.

Graduates of the course have found positions as planners and administrators in public health intervention units, trainers in community education services, been promoted to more senior posts in environmental health practice or embarked on research studies leading to the award of PhD.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

Visit the MSc Environmental & Public Health page on the University of Salford website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Iris Walcher

575.jpg The best thing about studying at Salford is being able to live and work in a city as diverse as Manchester. There is so much going on in the city and the locals are really friendly - plus Manchester is ideally located and you can travel to many beautiful places in England, Scotland and Wales in no time.

I especially enjoyed meeting like-minded students from various backgrounds. Also we got to discuss public health issues with a number of interesting guest lecturers.

Come here open-minded, try to go to places you have not been to before and most of all challenge yourself anew every day.


Entry Requirements

Applicants should possess at least a UK lower second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent in any subject. We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

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