This postgraduate award prepares students for a career in Public Health at both strategic and operational levels. The full MSc consists of five compulsory modules, and two designated modules. Compulsory modules are those which every student must undertake. Designated modules are those that have been identified as offering a range of public health topics which students can choose dependant on their experience.
All modules (except the Dissertation) incorporate 200 hours of learning, which includes taught sessions as well as self-directed independent study and assignment preparation. Furthermore, (included in the 200 hours) are six study days, in which students are expected to either attend lectures or work online on electronic activities via the online learning environment, NILE.
The teaching team have created a flexible and challenging Public Health programme, which involves face-to-face teaching, workshops and tutorials, as well as three of the core modules having an extensive self-directed online component.
Applicants will normally hold a recognised first or second class Honours degree in a subject area that applies to public health practice.
Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).
Students who do not have a first or second class honours degree but can demonstrate its equivalent in terms of experience relevant to the programme of study, may be able to access the course as associate students.
This programme has been designed to provide an integrated, coherent and multidisciplinary approach to public health activity. It will have an emphasis on advancing critical awareness and problem solving skills in order to develop innovative, reflective and pro-active approaches to meeting challenging and complex health needs. Examples include critical health issues such as obesity and mental health, and those linked with public protection such as climate change and infectious diseases.
Special course features
Students have the opportunity to undertake a designated Voluntary Placement module and engage in a minimum of 50 hours of volunteering in a placement relevant to Public Health. This course will also:
develop and enhance current knowledge and skills regarding public health practice
extend and apply both knowledge and practical skills to current circumstances
identify learning needs and develop independent learning skills to meet these needs
encourage inter-professional learning
Leading Public Health Practice
This module aims to develop your knowledge and skills to initiate change, and respond to a continuously evolving public health agenda that takes account of global influences on the nation´s health.
Principles and Perspectives of Health Promotion
This module aims to explore the concept of health promotion, and develop appropriate knowledge, attitudes and skills to plan, implement and evaluate health promotion interventions that address contemporary health needs of both individuals and the wider community.
This module aims to enable you to develop critical awareness of the variety of sources and methods for acquiring appropriate information for research purposes, and advance your capabilities of communication of epidemiological studies and procedures of investigation in appropriate contexts.
Therapeutic Communication Interventions
This module aims to develop psychology skills which promote individual, family and community wellbeing.
Leadership: The People Challenge
This module addresses the themes of ´Motivation´ and ´Releasing talent´ from ´Embodying Leadership´ (2000). It enables participants to draw upon their existing experiences together with existing models and frameworks to enable them to see the development of people as the ´core business´ of their service and relate this to current policy such as Agenda for Change (2004).
Voluntary Sector Placement
The purpose of this placement is to provide post-graduate students with an opportunity to gain experience of working with bona-fide voluntary organizations at local, national or international level. This will facilitate networking opportunities and exposure to a range of experiences which support acquisition of practical skills for promoting public health.
Public Health is a growing field of study, therefore there is an abundance of job opportunities to suit a variety of interests and skills. A Master´s degree will help career advancement within a variety of organisations and professions such as health and social care, local authority, and voluntary organisations.
Our Public Health students develop excellent communication and analytical skills and have entered a diverse range of jobs as well as further study.
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