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Course content

IN BRIEF:

  • Gain a public health qualification that explores the social determinants of health
  • Learn the skills which match the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (2013)
  • Develop a multidisciplinary, evidence-based approach to public health
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

On this course, you'll receive instruction in core public health skills including epidemiology, statistics and research methods. As well as giving you the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of a range of topics; evidence-based public health and 21st Century Global Public Health Challenges. The focus  of the curriculum is on the social determinants of health (which makes it unique among the other Greater Manchester universities).

This course aligns to the 9 key competencies of the UK Faculty of Public Health Curriculum. In this regard, the course will equip you with the core skills you'll need to to effectively interpret and understand key areas of health research and how this can be used to inform and drive policy. You'll also  learn how to use this insight to inform and drive public health.

During your time with us, you can tap into the expertise and skills of our partners, who include external public health practitioners and research staff from across the University. Whilst the programme does not include a placement, or work experience, students have the opportunity to work on external  or internal applied research projects as part of their dissertation.

One of our strengths is the small class size (typically less than 30 students per year) which enables close liaison between students and the leading research staff who will be teaching and mentoring students.

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 (ASPHER).

COURSE DETAILS

The MSc Public Health adopts a multi-disciplinary, evidence-based approach, focusing on the social determinants of health.

The taught modules will give you core public health and epidemiology knowledge and skills, research methods and quantitative analysis skills, and give a focus on health inequality and the social determinants of health. You will also be exposed to a range of important issues that are recurrent in public health practice both nationally and globally.

This course runs full-time over one year or three years part-time, giving you the chance to exit with the following awards:            

FULL-TIME            

  • Postgraduate Diploma: four modules over eight months                  
  • Masters: four modules plus a dissertation over one year                  
  • There is no option to complete the PgCert on a full-time basis                  

PART-TIME            

  • Postgraduate Certificate: two modules over eight months                  
  • Postgraduate Diploma: four modules over two years                  
  • Masters: four plus a dissertation over three years The taught component of this course consists of predominantly 30 credit modules.   

TEACHING

To accommodate different learning styles and prior student experiences, a combination of teaching and learning strategies are used throughout the course. These include:course comprises a structured teaching programme within which a variety of teaching methods will be used, to include lectures, case studies, individual and group work, independent learning, student led presentations/discussions, seminars.

  • Lectures
  • Case studies
  • Individual and groups work
  • Independent learning
  • Student led presentations/discussions
  • Seminars

You will also have access to the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard, where you can tap into online resources including discussion boards and wikis.

Teaching is over 10.5 hours per week across two days.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment will be based on a variety of strategies to include:

  • Written assessments
  • Examinations
  • Project reports
  • Oral presentations
  • Research project/dissertation

CAREER PROSPECTS

With this qualification, you'll be well placed to apply for public health roles in local or national government health departments. The range of jobs varies widely, and can include health promotion, health policy development, research or health advocacy.

Full time students on this course can apply for student membership with The Royal Society of Public Health. Upon completion of the course students are eligible to apply for a fellowship membership with The Royal Society of Public Health.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

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: The World Health Organisation’s Collaborating centre for Research in Oral Health in Deprived Communities; 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; the opportunity to engage with key public health professionals and practitioners; and access to an exciting seminar series, including speakers of international renown.

FURTHER STUDY

An option for further study includes undertaking a research degree for which the University of Salford has an international reputation for using innovation and creativity to find solutions to ‘real-world’ problems see Postgraduate Research at Salford.


Visit the Public Health - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Salford website for more details!

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