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MSc Public Health


Course Description

The MSc is designed for professionals, administrators and anyone else with an interest in public health issues. The programme aims to provide a critical understanding of the concepts and principles of public health together with the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct research and to be actively engaged in a variety of health issues. Evidence-based practice and research are seen as high priorities in health and social care and the programme will help students to develop the ability to analyse and synthesis health data and research findings in critical and inquisitive ways.

Inter-professional collaboration is seen as a valuable tool of the multidisciplinary learning and by sharing different aspects of the programmes students will gain an understanding and insight in to each other’s field of practice. This will enable them to engage in dialogue with a critical community of peers and develop skills for participatory health policy making. In addition, our students come from different parts of the world which broadens and enriches health experience and knowledge.

About the programme

This programme is for professionals, administrators and anyone else with an interest in public health issues. It offers a critical understanding of the concepts and principles of public health, together with the skills and knowledge to conduct research into, and be actively engaged in, health issues. Evidence-based practice and research are high priorities in health and social care, and the programme enables you to develop the ability to synthesise health data and research findings, and critically analyse them.

Programme structure

The MSc programme is structured on a semester basis and can be taken over a period of eighteen months to six years. The first semester runs from September to January; the second semester from February to June. Completion of the programme requires a minimum study period of 3 semesters.

All modules are at M Level and are awarded 30 M Level Credits. The taught component of each module lasts for 12 weeks. Each of the modules will entail the same amount of study (300 hours). This is divided between contact time at the University, directed study (pursuing learning objectives specifically associated with the module) and private study which includes reading and preparation of assignments. The allocation of the hours will vary between modules.

The completion of this programme involves the successful completion of the five core modules [four taught and one semi-taught; the dissertation] plus one optional module.

The Dissertation, also awarded 30 credits, is a self-directed, semi-taught, core module and is undertaken with the guidance of a supervisor and supported by group sessions with the module leader. There are additional resources available within the University to assist you with your study skills.

In exceptional circumstances, and at the discretion of the Programme Leader, the dissertation can be taken as a double module [60 credits]. To compensate the final number of credits taken, students accepted in this path are exempted from taking the optional module.

Most students elect to start the programme in September but it is equally possible to start this programme in February.
Career opportunities

Career opportunities exist in the public health/health promotion field; for example, working as public health or health promotion specialists and practitioners in the NHS.

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

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(Student Profile)

Neha

1935.jpg Despite doing a first degree and postgraduate study, in Home Science and Guidance/Counseling when I was in my early twenties, I found I was still deeply discontented personally and professionally. I needed time out and a new start. In 2006 I took a year out to have a genuine reflection about my personal happiness and what I wanted to achieve with my life. After a long hard think I decided to retrain so I could eventually work in the public health field. I also longed for the opportunity to live abroad. Once I decided on my plan of action, I was keen to get it in motion immediately and I discovered the University of East London offered various term date starts, meaning I would not have to wait months to make progress on my newly hatched plan.
I applied to read an MSc in Public Health and thanks to my qualifications I was offered a place to study plus a generous scholarship. Since being on the course, I feel so vindicated that I made the right choices to come to the UK to retrain – it had everything I was looking for: a broad and diverse course, with a strong research component and plenty of statistical data analysis, health policies, health need assessment and social, political context of health and equally importantly the fresh start to life I craved. I can’t say enough great things about the support network available to University of East London students – the pastoral care goes above and beyond the standard call of duty – I’ve confided with my personal tutor on academic and personal issues, the care and consideration they provide is truly heart warming.
I’ve enjoyed a genuine personal transformation during my time at the School of Health, Sport and Bioscience – since I arrived in the UK I’ve become much more street smart and independent. I plan to get at least two years professional experience in public health in the UK before I return to Mumbai and continue work on my master plan: serving humanity by uplifting vulnerable groups.


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UEL Postgraduate Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The UEL Postgraduate Scholarship is a 50% fee waiver on tuition fees. Scholarship is awarded based on an application process, open to applicants who meet the criteria below:Students will only be able to apply for an award if they meet all of the following criteria:
• Have applied for a postgraduate taught masters at UEL starting in September 2016
• Studying full-time or part-time
• Fee assessed as a Home/EU student
• Studying on campus at UELExcludes those studying
• With a collaborative partner
• Via online or distance learning
• A PGCE course
• Professional Diploma in Architecture Part 2 or March Architecture
• Integrated Masters, Professional Doctorates, MPhil, PhD

Value of Scholarship(s)

50 per cent discount on tuition fees

Eligibility

To be eligible for the scholarship, you must have applied for a postgraduate taught course, starting in September 2016, and be studying at one of our campuses.

Application Procedure

An application form is available on our website and students who meet the criteria above will automatically be invited to apply for our scholarship scheme. Decisions will be based on the quality of the student’s application. Applications will be assessed internally by relevant member of staff.

Further Information

http://www.uel.ac.uk/Postgraduate/Fees-and-Funding/Scholarships/UEL-Postgraduate-Scholarship


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Part-time fee waiver - 20+ Awards

Students will only be able to apply for an award if they meet all of the following criteria:
• Have applied for a postgraduate taught masters at UEL that starts in September 2016
• Be a part-time postgraduate student (in attendance) studying at least 50% of a full time course
• Be fee assessed as a Home/EU student
• Be classified as ‘home’ for tuition fee purposes and meet standard residency requirements
• Be studying on campus at UELExcludes those studying:
• With a collaborative partner
• Via online or distance learning
• A PGCE course
• Professional Diploma in Architecture Part 2 or March Architecture
• Integrated Masters, Professional Doctorates, MPhil, PhD In addition, MA Social Work students are also not eligible to apply if they are in receipt of government funding.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£500

Eligibility

You must be on a low income (up to £18,200 or £26,000 with a partner) and receiving one of four qualifying benefits. These are: Job Seekers’ Allowance (income based), Income Support, Housing Benefit and New Deal Allowance.

Application Procedure

An application form is available on our website. Decisions will be based on the quality of the student’s application. Applications will be assessed internally by relevant member of staff.

Further Information

http://www.uel.ac.uk/Postgraduate/Fees-and-Funding/Scholarships/500-part-time-fee-waiver


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Early Payment Discount - 20+ Awards

If you’re starting your postgraduate course in September 2016, you can save five per cent on your course fees by paying them in full.
Pay your tuition fees early, before 23rd September 2016, we will give you a five per cent discount on your tuition fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Five per cent discount on course fees

Eligibility

Pay your tuition fees early, before 23rd September 2016

Application Procedure

No application necessary

Further Information

http://www.uel.ac.uk/Postgraduate/Fees-and-Funding/Scholarships/Early-Payment-Discount


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Alumni Scholarship - 20+ Awards

You should previously have been awarded an undergraduate degree, postgraduate degree, professional doctorate or a postgraduate research degree from UEL or one of its predecessor institutions, such as the Polytechnic of East London.
You cannot apply for the alumni discount if your course involves distance learning or if you are studying towards a master’s and diploma in Architecture (RIBA Part 2), a PGCE, a post-compulsory education and training (PCET) course or any short course or courses worth less than 120 credits.

Value of Scholarship(s)

15 per cent discount on tuitions fees

Eligibility

If you’re a member of UEL’s Alumni Association, you are automatically eligible for 15 per cent off your postgraduate fees*. The offer applies to all UEL alumni, however long ago they graduated.

Application Procedure

Please include on your application form that you previously studied at UEL, and include your old student ID number. The 15 per cent discount will be deducted from your tuition fees after any other scholarships, and before any early payment discount is applied. It can also be used alongside other scholarships and funding.

Further Information

http://www.uel.ac.uk/Postgraduate/Fees-and-Funding/Scholarships/Alumni-Scholarship


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International Scholarships - 20+ Awards

An international scholarship at UEL covers part of the cost of course fees. Scholarships are highly sought after and the process of applying for scholarships is often competitive and carries deadline dates. The amount awarded is assessed on a case by case basis and is often up to £4000 off tuition fees per year.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £4,000

Eligibility

You must have filled out an application to study at UEL prior to applying for the scholarship (we will ask for your UEL application reference number)

Application Procedure

To qualify for a scholarship you must first make an application to study at UEL before applying for any of the scholarships. After you’ve done this, you should then use the links below to apply for the scholarship quoting your application reference number.

Further Information

http://https://www.uel.ac.uk/International/International-Scholarships



Entry Requirements

1. A minimum of a second class honours undergraduate degree in a relevant health based subject area from a recognised UK University, or international equivalent. Students may, at the programme leader’s discretion, be admitted with lower classifications if they have suitable professional qualifications or professional experience related to the programme of study. 2. One year full-time professional experience in a health related field.

Course Fees

2015/16: Home: Full-time : £8,000 Part-time: £1,333per 30 credit module; International: Full-time: £11,700, Part-time: £1,950 per 30 credit module


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