If you are working in settings where local circumstances impact on the health and well being of the population, our range of Public Health courses and units will help you gain understanding of how positive changes could influence Public Health. You can study Public Health with us full-time or through our flexible part-time modular learning experience. Alternatively you can study individual Public Health units.
You will study 3 units for the PG Certificate Public Health, 6 units for the PG Diploma Public Health plus a dissertation/ practice development project for the Masters in Public Health. Subject to entry criteria, students may take ‘stand alone’ individual units of study rather than register for the whole course.
Each unit of study is normally delivered over 5 full days at Bournemouth University, Lansdowne campus, and will be assessed individually via a variety of different methods. In addition to this you are expected to study privately in order to successfully complete your chosen units/course of study.
A relevant first degree or evidence of development at degree level. Experience of public health working or similar work in a closely related field is normally required.
Our range of Public Health courses are intended to meet the demands of individuals at different stages of their career and individual development. Given that the field of Public Health entails multi-agency involvement and partnerships, we welcome practitioners and professionals from a range of backgrounds, not necessarily in health. Students studying the MSc Public Health have come from backgrounds such as doctors,teachers, nurses, midwives and community public health workers.
Context and Scope of Public Health
This module introduces you to the context and scope of the current public health agenda. This is a core unit as it will build upon your previous experience and knowledge of public health practice and strategy, forming a foundation for the study of further units. Given the nature of the unit it will link with all others undertaken in the programme.
The purpose of this module is to develop issues which have been introduced in other units of the MSc programme and will serve to underpin further studies in health and social care. This will be achieved through considering the conceptual orientation and knowledge of techniques from epidemiology that health and social care providers must have in order to deliver health care to populations.
Principles of Enquiry & Evidence Based Practice in Health & Social Care AND Advanced Principles of Enquiry & Evidence Based Practice in Health & Social Care
Principles of Enquiry & Evidence Based Practice in Health & Social Care serves as a foundation for the more advanced unit in research methodology and the Dissertation unit. It provides a focus for students to integrate and apply the knowledge acquired from other units. Supported by generic theoretical learning materials, it allows the student to consider enquiry in relation to their discipline specific practice experience and explore both problems in the practice setting and areas for further learning.
Health Promotion and Partnership Working
This unit will enable you to draw upon and constructively critique the various bodies of knowledge which can contribute to health promotion as well as helping them to work collaboratively with professionals in a number of sectors. The concept is to consider the scope of public health practice in relation to working in partnership with residents/users as well as with other agencies.
Public Health Management Strategies
This unit enables you to explore the ways in which public health strategy is implemented in the contexts covered in the Context and Scope of Public Health Unit. In terms of other linkages the unit relates to the Epidemiology and Health Promotion and Partnership Working units. It aims to enable critical evaluation of public health strategies and interventions nationally and to place this within an international context. Through critical evaluation you will begin to formulate strategies and solutions to public health issues.
Research / Practice Development / Literature Review Options
Achievement of the Masters Award requires successful completion of the units identified above and in addition candidates will have the opportunity to carry out either a Research Dissertation, Practice Development Dissertation, or a Literature Review Dissertation. Students can commence this work following completion of the Principles of Enquiry & Evidence Based Practice in Health & Social Care and Advanced Principles of Enquiry & Evidence Based Practice in Health & Social Care units. Your proposal may need to be agreed to meet relevant ethics committee approval. Normally most part-time students commence their dissertation in the second year but the course regulations allow students up to five years from commencement of the course to completion.
This course will prepare you for a diverse range of roles in public health due to its focus on developing your research skills and knowledge to underpin public health practice. This includes working in a wide range of areas in governmental and non-governmental organisations in the UK or internationally.
Our students have gone on to work in the World Health Organisation, with charities such as Save the Children and have returned to roles in pharmacy and medicine as well as having had success working as researchers for universities.
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