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Public Health - MSc

Why study this course?

This is a unique multi-disciplinary course focusing on the wider determinants of health and wellbeing - ideal for anyone interested in working to improve population health and health promotion, whether within the NHS, community organisations, government and related agencies. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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MSc Public Health is a unique social science based multi-disciplinary course that focuses on the wider determinants of health and wellbeing. It is based on the view that public health strategies reach far beyond the health care system.

It provides a comprehensive coverage of the twenty-first century complexities of both national and international public health.

The course aims to develop critical understanding of the impact of social determinants of health on populations and the range of political, social, economic, environmental and health interventions that might improve population health.

It also evaluates key principles and concepts that underpin public health developments and interprets evidence crucial for decision-making and problem-solving in public health policy and practice. Ethical dimensions of public health are also a key consideration.

Assessment

You are assessed via a variety of methods, including seminar papers, presentations, essays, coursework reports, mini projects, case studies, unseen examination and a final dissertation.

You will be required to have:

  • at least an upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject or related area (those with relevant professional or technical qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Students will take four core modules, two optional modules and a dissertation of around 15,000 words.

Core modules:

  • Public Health and Health Promotion
  • Impact Assessment
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Health in the City
  • Public Health Dissertation

Optional modules include:

  • Strategic Planning and Change Management
  • Cross Cultural Management
  • Management of Health and Social Services
  • Managing Self and Others
  • Developments and Management in Community Care
  • Perspectives of Ageing
  • Ethical Issues in Healthcare
  • Children and Families: Policy and Practice
  • Understanding the Policy Process
  • Mental Health Promotion and Recovery
  • Partnership Working
  • Project Management
  • Researching Communities
  • Managing Change in Organisations and Systems
  • Housing Strategy
  • Social Policy Themes and Priorities: Local, Regional and Global

Completion of the course provides a wide career pathway in population health. Graduates have gone on to positions within NHS organisations, community organisations, government agencies, local authorities, health promotion agencies, human rights agencies, health sectors abroad, international health institutions, academia, the business and voluntary sectors. Some graduates undertake advanced research studies.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

Use the apply button to begin your application.

Please note, fees and course details may be subject to change.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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