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Do you have a health-related background? Do you want to become key to tackling threats to health across the world? If have experience and a degree in Public Health or Health Promotion, this MSc Public Health course could enhance your career prospects, enabling you to progress on to senior roles at either operational, policy or commissioning level in a wide range of areas. Public health research and practice is at the heart of tackling many of the world’s current threats to health so this course provides the opportunity to develop the skills and understanding you need to become a leader and agent for change in Public Health.

What's covered in the course?

This course aims to enable you to become a leader and change agent, developing the knowledge and skills needed to work within this new multi-disciplinary public health landscape.

You will advance your public health knowledge, skills and approach to teamwork, multi-agency collaboration and community partnerships throughout the modules on this course and critically evaluate strategies to improve public health outcomes. These skills are increasingly relevant for the public health workforce who may be located within a variety of settings including the local authority, the NHS, the voluntary or the private sector.

You will be taught by highly experienced tutors who come from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including, research and policy, health psychology, epidemiology, sociology of health, health policy, health economics and leadership. You will also experience guest lectures from visiting relevant professionals from organisations such as Public Health England, the Faculty of Public Health, the voluntary sector and local government.

This is a heavily practice-based course, with excellent links to employers in the field of public health, for example, local government, Public Health England and a variety of voluntary organisations. 

Your peers on the course will be from various public health backgrounds, degree topics, and cultural and national experiences. These previous experiences, along with the knowledge gained through the programme, are used to inform real-world scenario discussions and enhance problem-solving abilities. 

Upon successful completion of this course you will have the skills and knowledge to perform a variety of public health related jobs, including:

  • Public health practitioner
  • Health promotion advisor
  • Health trainer and training coordinator
  • Community development and community outreach worker
  • Health information officer
  • Youth worker
  • Drug and alcohol team and project worker
  • Health researcher.

Why Choose Us?

  • We have been recognised for our research projects - positively impacting on local policy and practice innovation e.g. through the Be Active campaign; and sexual health research within the Somali community. Our involvement in the ‘Promoting Health and Wellbeing’ research cluster has been highlighted by a previous re-validation panel as an example of good practice and innovation
  • You can study at our brand new £41 million City South Campus with access to cutting-edge facilities to support your learning and development
  • This course has been developed in alignment with the Public Health Knowledge and Skills Framework (PHKSF, 2016) and the UK National Occupational Standards for Public Health.
  • Our tutors are highly valued by leaders in Public Health practice. David Kidney, Executive Director of the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR), commented in April 2016 that “UKPHR regards BCU as a significant partner organisation … You provide assessors [for the UKPHR] … you deliver the education & training support for our West Midlands practitioner registration scheme and you are always willing to provide us with advice at a strategic level when we request it”
  • The course is flexible and responsive and offers lots of opportunities for future development. The dissertation module allows you to choose a topic of study that you want to broaden your knowledge in, advancing your career and opening up new opportunities
  • You will have the opportunity to present your work at the University Faculty conference and at other relevant conferences
  • You can choose to work with undergraduate Public Health students to help develop the next generation of the Public Health workforce
  • We are committed to continued diversity and equality in the classroom has been highlighted as good practice and innovation in our courses - we have students from across the globe, as well as students of a variety of ages and abilities
  • We have an international reputation – we hosted a series of events to rewrite the world-renowned Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion (World Health Organisation) as the UK Charter
  • A previous student has said that we are ‘the perfect course for those with the ambition to become future Public Health leaders.’

Enhancing employability skills

The course will enhance your career prospects, enabling you to progress onto more senior public health roles at either operational, policy or commissioning level. The transferrable nature of the course also means you could move into a management or research post.

Past graduates include a number of people now working in prominent roles regionally and nationally such as; National Mental Health Promotion Lead, Regional Commissioning Manager, Consultant in Public Health and Director of Public Health.

Graduate jobs

The course will enhance your career prospects, enabling you to progress onto more senior public health roles at either operational, policy or commissioning level. The transferrable nature of the course also means you could move into a management or research post.

  • Public health practitioner
  • Health promotion advisor
  • Health trainer and training coordinator
  • Community development and community outreach worker
  • Health information officer
  • Youth worker
  • Drug and alcohol team and project worker
  • Health researcher.

Visit the Public Health - MSc / PgCert / PgDip page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

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