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Health Promotion and Education MA (PGCert PGDip)

Course Description

Our Health Promotion and Education MA is one pathway of study from our suite of four related health promotion masters courses (Health Promotion, Health Promotion and Management, International Health Promotion) which share core modules. The course is designed for those who are working in education (or having some experience of this) and want to enhance their education and health promotion skills.

All of the courses enable students to develop and extend their knowledge and skills in relation to internationally recognised core competencies in health promotion and public health. On completion of the course, students can operate effectively in local, national and international contexts. Students following the education pathway choose to expand their knowledge and skills in education, and take fewer health-related modules.

Students are encouraged to reflect and evaluate their own values and practices, and are supported to better understand the complex and dynamic nature of health promotion processes and public health policy, and their relationship with underlying themes of social and health inequalities. During the course we will expect you to question, innovate, evaluate, advocate, experiment and put into play your critical and problem-solving skills within the supportive student environment.

Our health promotion courses attract students from a wide variety of professional and voluntary backgrounds ranging from those who are already working in health (eg nurses, midwives, health visitors and other professions allied to health) who want to improve their existing health promotion practice; people working in non-health settings who want to develop a health promotion aspect in their role (eg teachers, social workers, environmental health and probation staff); through to recent graduates from a variety of disciplines who want to broaden their undergraduate education by taking a health-related course. International students tend to take the courses full-time, many UK-based students study part-time and continue to work and take time off for study leave. For those who are working, the dissertation provides an opportunity to conduct a work-based learning project (if you wish), for example, evaluating or developing a particular aspect of your organisation's work from a health promotion perspective.

The multidisciplinary and international student mix provides a lively and stimulating classroom experience with plenty of interactive learning and sharing of experience. Contributors include local public health and health promotion practitioners, international health promotion academics and researchers and staff from the university's School of Nursing and Midwifery, Institute of Postgraduate Medicine (IPGM), Centre for Learning and Teaching, and Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS). The course benefits from educational exchanges with health promotion specialists at the University of Toronto and Hong Kong University.

Global health issues are considered throughout the teaching making the course relevant to participants from all types of economies. UK students value gaining a better understanding of international health for working with diverse communities in Britain, preparing them for working internationally and raising awareness of the challenges to public health in our globalised world. International students appreciate studying on a programme where their experiences were embraced in the classroom and further explored in private study assignments.

Formal teaching is supported by a series of extracurricular seminars both within the school, and through the Global Health Network which operates across University of Brighton including our Brighton Business School, Brighton and Sussex Medical School and University of Sussex.
The course has links with the International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE). Previous students have volunteered at IUHPE international conferences.

Students take a total of 180 credits for the masters award, comprising six 20-credit taught modules and a 60-credit dissertation. Twenty-credit modules have approximately 30 hours classroom-based lecturer contact or group work and we expect this to be backed up by approximately 170 hours of individual study and work on assignments.

Core modules
Foundations of Health Promotion
Health Promotion Practice
A research methods module from the GPHSS

Plus three education options chosen from the GPHSS, or an education-related postgraduate certificate. The course leader can advise you about which modules would be suitable based on your background, experience and interests. Students wishing to take the postgraduate certificate in Health and Social Care Education are required to take prescribed modules and should be teaching for a minimum of 15 hours per week in a health or social care setting. It is also possible to take a different education-related PGCert from other schools such as the Centre for Learning and Teaching if this better meets your professional needs. Most education certificates require practical classroom experience.

Course structure
After the induction day at the end of September, students usually begin their study programme at the start of October with the Foundations of Health Promotion module. Students on the education pathway take three education modules from university's Graduate Programme in Health and Social Science (GPHSS) shared with other healthcare and health professional masters-level students, and with the medical and business schools, providing valuable cross-disciplinary experience.

After completing a research methods module, you will undertake a dissertation examining an aspect of health promotion of your choice through a literature review, small-scale prime research or a work-based learning project. The dissertation is supported through monthly optional discussion groups in addition to formal dissertation supervision.

Teaching and assessment strategies vary across different modules but most allow at least six weeks after the taught component before submission of written assignments. The pattern of delivering the taught component also varies; some modules run intensively for five consecutive days, others are spread out with attendance for five days over a couple of months. Dates are arranged well in advance so that you can plan ahead.

Visit the Health Promotion and Education MA (PGCert PGDip) page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements listed here are for students starting their course in 2012. Individual offers may vary For non-native speakers of English:Students whose first language is other than English must provide evidence of relevant levels of proficiency as recommended by the university for postgraduate study, ie IELTS 6.5 overall and 6.0 in writing. Other:Applications are accepted throughout the year and prospective candidates are usually interviewed by telephone or Skype. Early application is recommended, particularly for international students, as time needs to be allowed for the IELTS and visa requirements.

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