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Course content

The Public Health and Health Promotion course aims to:

  • enable students to gain theoretical knowledge in relation to public health and health promotion, research and practice insight
  • completion to MSc level further enables the Public Health and Health Promotion student to complete a primary research study of relevance to public health and health promotion 

The Public Health and Health Promotion course is mapped to the National Occupational Standards, Public Health Career Framework and contributes to attainment of practitioner and/ or specialist public health status (UKPHR). 

Public Health at Swansea University ranked 51-75 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018. 

Key Features of Public Health and Health Promotion

Teaching and Employability:

  • students will be able to critically evaluate theoretical and philosophical perspectives underpinning public health and health promotion
  • develop students’ research knowledge and skills in research methods, utilising evidence and disseminating research findings to inform public health and health promotion practice
  • a unique advantage of the programme is its application to practice and the inclusion of practice observation

The Public Health and Health Promotion course focuses on public health and health promotion and is both research-led and practice driven.

The Public Health and Health Promotion course develops students’ skills to provide students with relevant health information and the skills necessary to achieve change and to influence health policy at all levels.

The Public Health and Health Promotion programme covers historical background, current developments and future direction potentials of relevance in health and innovation in public health and health promotion practice.

A particular strength of the Public Health and Health Promotion course is the short observation placement module, enabling students to experience an area of practice interest as part of their development.

Public Health and Health Promotion Students also undertake a primary research study as a requirement for completion to MSc qualification.

Public Health and Health Promotion Course Structure

Full-time Public Health and Health Promotion students will study two days a week (Wednesdays and Fridays) from October to April and dissertations submitted in September of the same year. Part-time students will study one day a week (Wednesdays in the first year, Fridays in the second year) over two years, and dissertations are submitted in September of the third year. All modules are core and therefore required to be successfully passed, there are no optional modules available in this programme.

Assessment

The Public Health and Health Promotion course assessment is designed to promote employability and purposely uses different strategies to address the diversity of employability requirements for Public Health & Health Promotion practice.

The eight modules in Part One are assessed separately over one or two years with a pass mark of 50%. Students leaving the course at the end of Part One and who have been successful in the assessment strategy will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits).

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) in Public Health and Health Promotion may be awarded to students who meet the criteria but are not eligible for the Diploma award.

Public Health and Health Promotion students must pass all assessments to precede to Part Two the dissertation stage (60 credits). Those successfully completing the dissertation will receive an MSc at pass, merit or distinction according to marks obtained.

Modules

Modules on the Public Health and Health Promotion course typically include:

  • Public Health Evidence and Epidemiology
  • Management and Leadership for Public Health Practice
  • Foundations in Research
  • Foundations in Health Promotion
  • Developing Programmes and Evaluation
  • Public Health Practice
  • Dissertation (MSc Public Health and Health Promotion)
  • Health Protection
  • Public Health Ethics

Staff Expertise

Public Health and Health Promotion staff members delivering these different modules and significant contributors and are considered expert in their fields. They include:

  • Senior Lecturer Rachel Hopkins
  • Professor Jane Thomas
  • Professor Deb Fitzsimmons
  • Senior Lecturer Tony Duffy
  • Dr Pete King
  • Dr Ruth Hopkins
  • Michael Davies
  • Dr Alison Hann
  • Professor Joy Merrell

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience.

Public Health and Health Promotion students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.


Visit the Public Health and Health Promotion MSc/PGDip page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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