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Course content

The MSc in Public Health course has been designed within a multi-professional, modular framework that draws on a wide range of disciplines.

The course combines a set of four compulsory core modules (Principles and Practice of Public Health, Epidemiology, Essential Statistics in Health and Medical Research, and Research Methods and Critical Appraisal) with a range of optional modules (eg Health Protection, Nutrition in Public Health, International Health etc) which allows students to focus on areas relevant to their work and professional interests. The research dissertation module provides an excellent opportunity to integrate study-based learning with a work-based research project improving students' competencies and skills to enhance their long-term career in public health.

The course delivers a solid grounding in public health theory and practice to provide a mechanism for analysing and instituting change in practice and to support public health leadership and registration. This is particularly pertinent in a challenging time of change and the course addresses recent moves in responsibility for the delivery of public health programmes. Teaching sessions are delivered by academicians and practitioners who are active in the field. The inter-professional background of the course participants fosters an environment in which occupational experiences are shared and a wider understanding of multidisciplinary public health issues is gained.


• Principles and practice of public health
• Epidemiology
• Research methods and critical appraisal
• Essential statistics in health and medical care
• Health protection
• Nutrition in public health


Most modules are assessed by means of a 3,000 word in-depth evaluation of a topic agreed by the student and module leader.

The course has two streams: Public Health and Public Health and Management

PGCert in Public Health:

• MDM50 Principles and Practice of Public Health (20 credits)
• MDM12 Epidemiology (20 credits)


• One other module from the core or optional list (20 credits)

PGDip in Public Health:

• MDM50 Principles and Practice of Public Health (20 credits)
• MDM10 Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (20 credits)
• MDM12 Epidemiology (20 credits)
• MDM66 Essential Statistics for Health and Medical Research (20 credits)


• Two modules from the optional module list (20 + 20 Credits)

MSc in Public Health:

PGDip essential modules

• PLUS Two modules from the optional module list (20 + 20 Credits)
• PLUS MDM164 Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional Module List:

• MDM33 Health Protection (20 credits)*
• MDM83 Nutrition in Public Health (20 credits)*
• MDM161 Global Public Health (20 credits)
• MDM110 Leadership and Change Management in Clinical Services (20 credits)


• MDM111 Commissioning for Quality Care Improvement in Clinical Services (20 credits)

*Modules run in alternate years. Health protection runs every odd year (eg 2017, 2019) and Nutrition in Public Health runs every even year (eg 2016, 2018).
Global public health


Course participants are empowered to develop public health practice which has a positive impact on their communities.
Successful completion of the course will assist the graduate in pursuing a career in academic and research institutions, public or government services or voluntary organisations, and national and international non-governmental organisations.

Visit the Public Health MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the Brighton & Sussex Medical School website for more details!





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