These courses meet the needs of doctors and other senior health and environmental colleagues in delivering and managing the public health and/or environmental agenda. Participants gain an understanding of public health issues and the various roles of all the professionals involved in both the statutory and non-statutory sectors.
Course structure Integrated within the university's health and social science graduate programme, the courses utilise a variety of teaching and learning techniques, including drawing on the work experience of participants. It provides valuable cross-disciplinary experience through common modules shared with other courses in the scheme. Most courses are delivered intensively over one week.
Areas of study Study includes the techniques required to undertake epidemiological studies, approaches to environmental impact on health matters, mechanisms of partnership working, and wider issues relating to the health of the population.
There are three core modules - Public Health: Meeting the Challenges, Research Methods and Critical Appraisal, and Epidemiology. Each module requires three separate full-time working weeks.
Students may register for the MSc Public Health or MSc Public Health and Management award and will study either a 12,000 or 16,000 word dissertation dependent on module choices. A wide choice of additional options, including management options, may include modules from other schools and faculties.
Core Syllabus: Public Health: Meeting the Challenges Research Methods and Critical Appraisal Epidemiology
Public Health Options include: Health Protection Essential Statistics in Health and Medical Research Nutrition in Public Health Global Health Principles Global Health Burden Qualitative Research Methodology Social Marketing Global Health Promotion Evidence Based Practice
Public Health Management Options include: Knowledge Management for Commissioners and Service Leaders Leadership for Health and Care Professionals Health Care Research Management Commissioning, Strategy and Practice Leading and Transforming Services Clinical Commissioning for Quality Care Organisations, Partnerships and Networks Service Planning Managing Change Managing Finance in the Public Sector Managing People in the Public Services Strategy and Planning in the Public and Voluntary Sectors Quality and Care Social Marketing
Career and progression opportunities The courses provide a strong platform for professional development and enhanced career progression. They also open opportunities for research at PhD and MPhil level.