This course covers the whole breadth of public health, which focuses on high-, middle- and low-income countries. Students can follow a general public health course or concentrate on one of five more specific streams. Which stream to follow will depend on individual needs and is decided with support of course directors and tutors during Term 1.
On successful completion of the course, students will receive an Master's degree in Public Health. This will reflect their choice of stream:
- Environment & Health - Health Economics - Health Promotion - Health Services Management - Health Services Research - Public Health
The decision of which stream to follow will depend on the needs of the student and can be discussed with the Course Directors, while the Course FAQs provide further details on choosing a stream.
In addition to the MSc Public Health, other courses at the School may be relevant to students with an interest in public health and applicants should review the pages of other courses as follows: (i) MSc Public Health for Development - for those with an interest in low-income countries; (ii) MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing - for applicants with a particular interest in Health Policy; (iii) MSc Nutrition for Global Health - for those with an interest in nutrition.
This course is accredited by the Agency for Accreditation of Public Health Education in the European Region (APHEA) which is the accreditation body of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER).
Term 1: All students complete the Public Health common core, consisting of four compulsory modules:
- Basic Statistics for Public Health & Policy - Basic Epidemiology - Introduction for Health Economics - Principles of Social Research
Term 1 Additional Modules: All students take two additional modules, selected from the following:
- Environment, Health & Sustainable Development - Health Policy, Process & Power - Health Promotion Theory - Health Services - Issues in Public Health
Important note: one of these modules may be compulsory for a particular stream. Those who have not completed the named module in Term 1 will not be able to take that stream in Terms 2 and 3.
Term 1 Supplementary Modules: Students unfamiliar with computers will need to take the introductory course in basic computer skills. Students are also encouraged to attend the Global Health Lecture Series and seminars organised by Research Modules.
Terms 2 and 3: By the middle of Term 1 students must have selected one of the six streams. During Terms 2 and 3 all students will take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot. For most streams two of these modules are compulsory. Which modules these are, and what other modules are available, differs according to the stream.
Project Report: In addition, all students prepare a project report during the summer months (July - August), for submission by early September. The nature of this project may differ between streams, and the content must be relevant to the stream.
Intercalating this course
Undergraduate medical students can take a year out either to pursue related studies or work. The School welcomes applications from medical students wishing to intercalate after their third year of study from any recognised university in the world.
Why intercalate with us?: Reputation: The School has an outstanding international reputation in public health & tropical medicine and is at the forefront of global health research. It is highly rated in a number of world rankings including:
- World’s leading research-focused graduate school (Times Higher Education World Rankings, 2013)
- Third in the world for social science and public health (US News Best Global Universities Ranking, 2014)
- Second in UK for research impact (Research Exercise Framework 2014)
- Top in Europe for impact (Leiden Ranking, 2015)
Highly recognised qualification: possessing a Master's from the School will give you a focused understanding of health and disease, broaden your career prospects and allow you to be immersed in research in a field of your choice.
Valuable skills: you will undertake an independent research project (summer project) in your chosen topic, equipping you with research skills that will distinguish you in a clinical environment. While your medical qualification will give you a breadth of knowledge; undertaking an intercalated degree will allow you to explore your main area of interest in greater depth.
Alumni network: the School has a strong international and diverse alumni community, with more than 20,000 alumni in over 180 countries.
MSc vs. BSc: undertaking an MSc is an excellent opportunity to develop in-depth specialist knowledge in your chosen topic and enhance your skills in scientific research. Postgraduate qualifications are increasingly sought after by clinicians and possessing a Masters qualification can assist you in your future career progression.