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Public Health (MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert)


Course Description

This highly successful and innovative MSc in Public Health welcomes UK, EU and international applicants from a wide range of professions. The principles underlying this course focus on the health of communities as a recognised concern of a wide group of professionals, where health is related to a variety of factors, including individual biology and genetics, behavioural factors, socio-economic factors and environmental factors, and that good health is a right, not a privilege.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/courses/postgraduate/2015/public-health/

Why choose this course?

This course is suitable for those seeking a career in public health - traditionally people from clinical backgrounds and allied health professionals. Students with a non-health-related degree who have work experience in a health-related field are welcome and encouraged to apply. The course will appeal if you are seeking to broaden your knowledge and skill set, or are preparing for advancement in your field or within your organisation.

The course aims to:
- provide you with an advanced education in public health that is fit for the 21st-century, reflecting the growing significance of non-communicable diseases in all world regions, alongside a traditional focus on communicable and infectious disease

- enable you to demonstrate and critically evaluate integrated knowledge, skills and values that will underpin action, reflection and evaluation of your public health practice

- prepare you critically to evaluate public health research evidence and have a solid grounding in research methods as a basis for future research training and degrees

- give you opportunities to take different general and specialist pathways within the course, to meet individual academic and career development preferences

- encourage you to take the public health knowledge gained on the course into your future workplaces and bring new and improved perspectives to a range of professions

- furnish you with key competencies so that you are well placed to develop your career within the UK Faculty of Public Health specialist training framework.

This established course leads to an academic qualification (MSc Public Health, PGDip Public Health or PGCert Public Health). The study programme is designed to meet many of the core competencies identified in the UK Public Health specialist training curriculum from the UK Faculty of Public Health. The interdisciplinary nature of the programme together with the focus on critical self-reflection and interpersonal skills enables postgraduates to work effectively at an advanced level within public health and interprofessional teams.

Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, directed reading, workshops, seminars, Virtual Learning Environment Activities (VLE) and project work. Some modules include group presentations.

Teaching is organised on a module-credit basis, each module involving approximately 200 hours of student effort. Teaching might be by blended learning or face-to-face contact.

Approach to assessment

Each module is assessed individually, generally on the quality of written or design work, and to some extent on verbal presentations. Assessment methods may include essays, seminar papers, verbal presentations, workshop and practical exercises.

How this course helps you develop

The course helps students to develop their skills in:
- digital literacy with the use of the virtual learning environment
- communication and team working through group working and assessed presentations
- understanding statistics packages and their application to public health practice.

There are opportunities to meet Public Health professionals to enable networking.

Careers

You will be expertly equipped to move forward in assessing health impact, planning appropriate interventions and understanding public health policy in general. Our modular based system allows you the flexibility to study at a pace to suit you and your current professional commitments, enabling you to open up the boundaries of your career without taking a break.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Visit the Public Health (MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will need a UK or overseas degree from a recognised institution. You will need at least six months work experience in a public health related field. You will be asked to write a 500-700 word statement expressing why you want to study Public Health and how you anticipate it will your career (this form will be sent out to you as a condition of offer).

Course Fees

Home / EU: £980 per single module; International: Full-time £13,200 Part-time £1,400 per single module


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