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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Nursing & Health

    Social Work

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  • Course Duration

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  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip

  • Course Fees

    Please visit our website for the Public Health and Health Promotion course fee information.

  • Last Updated

    14 June 2019

Gain the knowledge and insight necessary to achieve change and influence health policy at all levels with our Master’s degree in Public Health and Health Promotion.

You will study the historical background, current developments, and potential future directions of public health and health promotion, alongside key theoretical and philosophical perspectives.

Your research and analytical skills will be honed as you assess the evidence base for public health interventions, while an observation placement will give you valuable experience in real-life application of health promotion theory.

Why Public Health and Health Promotion at Swansea?

Based in our College of Human and Health Sciences, you will benefit from a diverse teaching and research environment, with many opportunities to make connections with students from a range of disciplines and nationalities.

According to the most recent Research Excellence Framework in 2014-2021, over 75% of research carried out at the college was of international or world-leading quality.

The Public Health and Health Promotion course is mapped to the National Occupational Standards, Public Health Career Framework. On successful completion, you will be eligible to apply for registered practitioner and/or specialist status with the UK Public Health Register.

We have strong links with professional practice and academic research networks in Europe and around the world, so your learning is informed by the latest policy and practice developments.

Your Public Health and Health Promotion experience

Our teaching staff are active in practice and research and have a wealth of professional experience in public health and health promotion, offering an unrivalled mix of academic excellence and current policy and practical expertise.

You will be joining a university that is ranked first in the UK for postgraduate student satisfaction (What Uni 2017).

Public Health and Health Promotion careers

Your Master’s qualification in Public Health and Health Promotion will open up opportunities for further study or career development in your chosen discipline, including research, education, policy, and management.

Public Health and Health Promotion modules

The Public Health and Health Promotion course is a tightly structured course comprising eight compulsory core modules covering ethics, health promotion, developing and evaluating public health programmes, and the theory and practice of leadership and management. 

Public Health and Health Promotion master’s students will also complete a dissertation.

Throughout your studies, you will critically examine policy and practice initiatives and consider a range of research methods.

Modules on the Public Health and Health Promotion course may 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
  • Health Protection
  • Public Health Ethics
  • Dissertation (MSc Public Health and Health Promotion)

How you're taught on the Public Health and Health Promotion course

Full-time 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 will need to be successfully passed, there are no optional modules available in the Public Health and Health Promotion course.


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

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

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) may be awarded if you meet the criteria but are not eligible for the Diploma award.

You must pass all assessments to precede to part two the dissertation stage (60 credits). On successful completion of the dissertation you will receive an MSc at pass, merit or distinction according to the marks you have achieved.

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





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