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MSc Public Health

Course Description

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.

These include:
-Strategic leadership for health.
-Working with and for communities.
-Developing health programmes and services.
-Reducing inequalities.

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

Work experience

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.

Course structure

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.

Course design
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.

Core modules
-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.

Visit the MSc Public Health page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a degree or other qualification at an equivalent level plus experience in the field of public health or research. We are keen to encourage applicants from a variety of backgrounds. If English is not your first language you typically need an IELTS 6.5 score with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skill areas or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

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