Gain the skills and knowledge to work at a managerial or strategic level in public health. Whether you work in a local authority, health care, social care, community and voluntary organizations, school or other public health settings, this course can help to further your career and provide the opportunity to explore public health issues from the UK and global perspective. Students on this course come from many different backgrounds, both clinically and non-clinically, and from both the UK and overseas.
Throughout there is a focus on
responsibility for health - what is the role of the individual and government
the use of evidence in public health policy and practice
the role of social, psychological, economic and cultural factors in relation to individual and population health
The course is ideal for
public health practitioners currently working in the UK or overseas
practitioners not in a public health role, but working in organizations with a potential public health remit, for example, local authorities, housing associations, schools, social services, the criminal justice system, voluntary and community organizations
practitioners working with population groups who experience inequality, for example, people with disabilities, older people, asylum seekers and refugees, people who are unemployed, people with mental health conditions, people with chronic illness, and who wish to explore these communities in a public health context.
Graduates from related disciplines such as social work, education, sports science, food and nutrition, nursing and a range of professions allied to medicine
You explore the links between policy, evidence and practice and you address key questions including
how is the health of individuals, groups, and populations determined?
who is responsible for health and what is the role of the government?
how can health be promoted?
which skills are required for health promotion and developing the public health agenda?
what are the implications of emerging agendas?
The course builds on the growing importance of health promotion, public health, and health and community development on local, national and international levels.
Normally a degree or other qualification at an equivalent level plus experience in the field of public health or research.
If English is not your first language you typically need an IELTS 6.5 score with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skill areas or equivalent.
You can find out more about the country-specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.
Core modules may include
Health promotion principles, policy, and practice
Inequality, health, and poverty
Health, culture and public health development work
Public health evidence
Foundation of epidemiology A
Foundation of epidemiology B
Infectious diseases and long-term conditions
The core modules have a number of themes developed across them:
tackling inequalities in health
the relationship between policy, evidence and public health practice
local, national and international perspectives in health
Choose one from:
Public health nutrition
Public health practice
By successfully completing this course, you may find that it makes it easier to gain promotion, or enter jobs in public health departments and organizations. Previous graduates have gained roles such as public health specialists, project managers /coordinators, researchers, and lecturers, in areas such as reproductive health and nutrition.
A number of graduates have remained in their roles as health visitors, public health nurses or midwives, working more strategically and in more depth. Some people have taken the course to work towards becoming a nurse consultant.
The course also provides an excellent foundation for further academic study including PhDs.
Duration and fees
Start dates: September
Duration: 12 - 18 months
Fees:EU students 2019/20 academic year £7,200 for the courseInternational students 2018/19 academic year £13,500 for the course
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