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  • The course provides a mix of online and face-to-face delivery (one week intensive teaching in Salford), which enables you to study in a flexible way
  • The course explores the social determinants of health: is multidisciplinary; and uses research informed teaching
  • The programme is a platform from which to complete a Pg Dip or MSc Public Health in Salford
  • A part-time only course
  • International students can apply


This course will challenge the way that you think about health, using state-of-the-art public health principles and practice. The block and blend teaching methods starts with academic staff from the University of Salford delivering a week’s intensive teaching in Salford per module, giving you a thorough grounding in Evidence Based Public Health and Research Methods applied to international public health priorities, and an overview of the online facilities available to support the programme (e.g. library/blackboard/e-mail etc).

Active researchers in the field of evidence-based public health deliver the teaching, and the programme is designed to satisfy the updated Public Health Skills & Knowledge Framework (UKPHSKF, 2013) and aligns with the UK Faculty of Health’s nine key areas.

The face-to-face (Block) is followed by weekly online input (Blend) and study that builds towards your PG Certificate. Following the intensive week, there are live sessions online and work that you can schedule as it suits you and specialist support from academic staff as well as access to all the (online) facilities that the University of Salford has to offer.

The PG Certificate is a qualification in its own right but can also be a building block towards an MSc in Public Health. Six months further study in the UK and successful completion of relevant modules mean that you can progress on to your dissertation leading to the award of MSc.

The University of Salford’s School of Health Sciences is an institutional member of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region.


January – May (Module 1 – Evidence Based Public Health)

September – December (Module 2 – Research Methods Applied to Public Health)


For the PgCert Public Health (Block and Blend), students will be taught face-to-face for one week per module, which will be complemented through the use of online learning (University’s Blackboard VLE and Collaborate). Both written and/or oral feedback will be provided using online technology. Students will also be expected to undertake independent reading and learning, to consolidate what is being taught/learned and to broaden knowledge and understanding of the subject.


For both modules (Evidence Based Public Health and Research Methods Applied to Public Health) assessment will be by written assignments (four in total).


With this PG Cert you will be well placed to begin developing your public health career, beginning with junior public health roles in local or national government health departments and NGOs.

The qualification will also enable you to bring a public health perspective to your current career/role, in a range of professions.  There is a wide variety of public health jobs, which can include health promotion, health policy development, research or health advocacy.


Lecturers on the MSc Public Health have close links with a range of national and international agencies and community partnership, most through research, with an ‘applied’ focus. Examples of these links include: Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER), The Royal Society for Public Health; The NHS; Department of Health; Strategic Health Authority; and The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE).

The benefits of these links to students include: research informed teaching; a strong applied focus to the programme; and the opportunity to engage with key public health professionals and practitioners.

Visit the Public Health (Block and Blend) - PGCert page on the University of Salford website for more details!




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