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MSc Public Health

Course Description

Course Summary

When you join this MSc course you will join a supportive and nurturing ‘community of inquiry’.

Along with your peers you will develop a critical awareness of how research processes can be applied to the study of public health, an insight into the global drivers behind health system reform, and an appreciation of policy development and implementation in developed and developing nations.

Intermediate qualifications available:

- Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
- Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Choose Public Health MSc at Bedfordshire and:

- Study the principles of public health that are relevant to students from around the world, and boost your practical, critical and theoretical skills
- Explore your potential on a course that commences with two foundation units before moving onto specialist units that enable you to explore contemporary issues relating to public health policy. A final unit enables you to undertake a research project
- Develop an understanding of issues in public health principles and practice from local, national and international perspectives
- Gain an insight into the global drivers of reform in health systems and their potential impacts on future public health policy
- Benefit from a course that uses case-studies from around the world, and is based on the principle that medical professionals should improve health and prevent disease, not just provide treatment for those who are ill.

Why choose this course?

Choose this course to develop a critical understanding of how the research process is applied in the study of public health, how public health policy is developed and implemented in developed and developing nations, and the potential impact of global drivers of reform on future policy. Upon completion of this course all students become eligible to apply for fellow membership of the UK Royal Society for Public Health. In addition, there are a range of career opportunities including public health analyst, public health programme manager and public health specialist. The course can also act as a platform for postgraduate research (MRes/MPhil/PhD) study in public health. The course provides you with sufficient grounding for the UK Faculty of Public Health Part I examination.

Career Management Skills

Teaching, learning and assessment methods have been selected to allow you to make strong connections between your studies and your future public health practices. This includes designing activities that have personal and professional relevance, through the use of case studies, healthcare datasets, and exemplars from practice. It includes access to a teaching faculty who are able to share `live examples from their own professional practice and/or research activity and the involvement of external (national and international) speakers such as public health leaders, practitioners, policy makers and researchers. You will have opportunities to rehearse and develop professional thinking and behaviours in group work, tailored assessment tasks and in simulated practice. Opportunities for shared learning with part-time students on the MSc in Public Health offer insights into current healthcare practices in the UK and internationally, and opportunities for peer discussion and debate.

Career/Further study opportunities

Graduates from this course include qualified public health leaders, public health researchers, public health practitioners, public health officers, public health policy-makers and public health managers. Consequently, this course will successfully support your ambitions for career progression within Public Health.

Visit the MSc Public Health page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.Working within Public Health where possible

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