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This is a unique multi-disciplinary course focusing on the wider determinants of health and wellbeing - ideal for anyone interested in working to improve population health and health promotion, whether within the NHS, community organisations, government and related agencies. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

MSc Public Health is a unique social science based multi-disciplinary course that focuses on the wider determinants of health and wellbeing. It is based on the view that public health strategies reach far beyond the health care system.

It provides a comprehensive coverage of the twenty-first century complexities of both national and international public health.

The course aims to develop critical understanding of the impact of social determinants of health on populations and the range of political, social, economic, environmental and health interventions that might improve population health.

It also evaluates key principles and concepts that underpin public health developments and interprets evidence crucial for decision-making and problem-solving in public health policy and practice. Ethical dimensions of public health are also a key consideration.

You are assessed via a variety of methods, including seminar papers, presentations, essays, coursework reports, mini projects, case studies, unseen examination and a final dissertation.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Health in the City (core, 20 credits)
-Impact Assessment (core, 20 credits)
-Public Health Dissertation (core, 60 credits)
-Public Health and Health Promotion (core, 20 credits)
-Social Epidemiology (core, 20 credits)
-Children and Families: Policy and Practice (option, 20 credits)
-Cross Cultural Management (option, 20 credits)
-Ethical Issues in Healthcare (option, 20 credits)
-Housing Strategy (option, 20 credits)
-Management of Health and Social Services (option, 20 credits)
-Managing Change in Organisations and Systems (option, 20 credits)
-Managing Self and Others (option, 20 credits)
-Mental Health Promotion and Recovery (option, 20 credits)
-Partnership Working (option, 20 credits)
-Perspectives of Ageing (option, 20 credits)
-Project Management (option, 20 credits)
-Researching Communities (option, 20 credits)
-Social Policy Themes and Priorities: Local, Regional and Global (option, 20 credits)
-Strategic Planning and Change Management (option, 20 credits)
-Understanding the Policy Process (option, 20 credits)

After the course

Completion of the course provides a wide career pathway in population health. Graduates have gone on to positions within NHS organisations, community organisations, government agencies, local authorities, health promotion agencies, human rights agencies, health sectors abroad, international health institutions, academia, the business and voluntary sectors. Some graduates undertake advanced research studies.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Visit the Public Health - MSc page on the London Metropolitan University website for more details!

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