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Course content

The MSc is designed for professionals, administrators and anyone else with an interest in public health issues. The programme aims to provide a critical understanding of the concepts and principles of public health together with the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct research and to be actively engaged in a variety of health issues. Evidence-based practice and research are seen as high priorities in health and social care and the programme will help students to develop the ability to analyse and synthesis health data and research findings in critical and inquisitive ways.

Inter-professional collaboration is seen as a valuable tool of the multidisciplinary learning and by sharing different aspects of the programmes students will gain an understanding and insight in to each other’s field of practice. This will enable them to engage in dialogue with a critical community of peers and develop skills for participatory health policy making. In addition, our students come from different parts of the world which broadens and enriches health experience and knowledge.

About the programme

This programme is for professionals, administrators and anyone else with an interest in public health issues. It offers a critical understanding of the concepts and principles of public health, together with the skills and knowledge to conduct research into, and be actively engaged in, health issues. Evidence-based practice and research are high priorities in health and social care, and the programme enables you to develop the ability to synthesise health data and research findings, and critically analyse them.

Programme structure

The MSc programme is structured on a semester basis and can be taken over a period of eighteen months to six years. The first semester runs from September to January; the second semester from February to June. Completion of the programme requires a minimum study period of 3 semesters.

All modules are at M Level and are awarded 30 M Level Credits. The taught component of each module lasts for 12 weeks. Each of the modules will entail the same amount of study (300 hours). This is divided between contact time at the University, directed study (pursuing learning objectives specifically associated with the module) and private study which includes reading and preparation of assignments. The allocation of the hours will vary between modules.

The completion of this programme involves the successful completion of the five core modules [four taught and one semi-taught; the dissertation] plus one optional module.

The Dissertation, also awarded 30 credits, is a self-directed, semi-taught, core module and is undertaken with the guidance of a supervisor and supported by group sessions with the module leader. There are additional resources available within the University to assist you with your study skills.

In exceptional circumstances, and at the discretion of the Programme Leader, the dissertation can be taken as a double module [60 credits]. To compensate the final number of credits taken, students accepted in this path are exempted from taking the optional module.

Most students elect to start the programme in September but it is equally possible to start this programme in February.
Career opportunities

Career opportunities exist in the public health/health promotion field; for example, working as public health or health promotion specialists and practitioners in the NHS.

Visit the MSc Public Health page on the University of East London website for more details!

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