If you work or want to work at an operational, managerial or strategic level in public health, this course is ideal. It improves your knowledge, skills, and practice of primary healthcare team members, community health workers and health activists, preparing you for more senior roles.
If you currently work in a public health role you can gain academic credit for work based learning in the Public Health Practice elective.
You explore the links between policy, evidence and practice and you address key questions including:
-How is the health of individuals, groups and populations determined?
-Who is responsible for health and what is the role of the government?
-How can health be promoted?
-Which skills are required for health promotion and developing the public health agenda?
-What are the implications of the new agendas?
The course builds on the growing importance of health promotion, public health, and health and community development on national and international levels.
You learn how successful management of public health requires development of critical approaches to theory, practice, and outcome measurement. We give you the knowledge and skills to be more effective in your role.
You develop knowledge in the 10 key public health competencies and standards needed to join the UK Voluntary Register for Public Health specialists. This registration allows you to work at a senior level in public health.
-Strategic leadership for health.
-Working with and for communities.
-Developing health programmes and services.
Visit the public health hub to find out more about our services and our work with students.
For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/msc-public-health
If you don’t already work in this sector, we work closely with local health organisations and may be able to provide you with access to work experience that will help you get the most out of your studies and improve your chances of find a job after the course.
Studying individual modules
You can study individual modules from this course and gain academic credit towards a qualification. Visit our continuing professional development website for more information.
Full time – 18 months (four modules a semester plus dissertation).
Part time – typically 3 years (two modules a semester plus dissertation).
Part-time students attend four hours a week on campus during the day. Starts September.
Each of the modules is an independent module of study and can be taken alone. The core modules do, however, have a number of themes developed across them. These include:
-Tackling inequalities in health.
-The relationship between policy, evidence and public health practice.
-Local, national and international perspectives in health.
-Health promotion principles, policy and practice
-Health, culture and public health development work
-Public health evidence: synthesis and analysis
-Foundation of epidemiology
-Inequality, health and poverty
-Public health research
-Infectious diseases and LTCs
Options (choose two from)
-Public health nutrition
-Sexualities, health and inequalities
-Public health practice
Assessment: case study reports, presentations, essays, book reviews. There are no examinations.