This stream provides the knowledge and skills necessary to improve the health of populations across high-, middle- and low-income settings. The emphasis is on the use, development and critical evaluation of conceptual models; evidence and methods of analysis; and on practical, effective interventions.
Graduates from this stream work in health care, health policy and public health organisations at local, national and international level in service and academic public health roles.
If your main interest is public health in low-income countries please refer to the MSc Public Health for Development.
Duration: one year full time; part-time or split-study over two years. Modes of study explained.
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).
An additional requirement for the MSc Public Health (all streams) is some evidence of ability in mathematics, post-16 year education. Preference will also be given to applicants with relevant work experience.
Any student who does not meet the minimum entry requirement above but who has relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application.
By the end of this stream students should be able to demonstrate ability to apply knowledge of the core disciplines of public health, consisting of statistics; epidemiology; health economics; and social research, to real health problems. In addition, they should be able to:
- critically assess key public health functions
- demonstrate knowledge and skills in a range of topics related to public health
- formulate, implement and evaluate appropriate policy responses to public health problems
- show competence in critically evaluating and communicating research evidence
Term 1: 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
In addition, students intending to follow this stream must take Issues in Public Health. The remaining module can be selected from:
Environment, Health & Sustainable Development Health Promotion Theory Health Policy, Process & Power Health Services
Terms 2 and 3: Students take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). The list below shows recommended modules. There are other modules which may be taken only after consultation with the Course Directors.
- Slot 1: Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco Economic Evaluation Health Care Evaluation Health Promotion Approaches and Methods Research Design & Analysis Study Design: Writing a Study Proposal
- Slot 2: Conflict and Health Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies Health Systems History & Health Qualitative Methodologies Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
- Slot 3: Applied Communicable Disease Control Economic Analysis for Health Policy Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases Medical Anthropology and Public Health Organisational Management
- Slot 4: Analytical Models for Decision Making Design & Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes Environmental Epidemiology Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases Ethics, Public Health & Human Rights Evaluation of Public Health Interventions Globalisation & Health Nutrition Related Chronic Diseases Reviewing the Literature
- Slot 5: Principles and Practice of Public Health (compulsory)
By arrangement, students may be able to substitute specified Distance Learning modules for up to two modules in certain timetable slots. Any such substitutions will need to be discussed with the Course Directors. Full details are contained in the MSc Course Handbook.
Project Report: Students prepare a project report during the summer months (July - August), for submission by early September.
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.