The Master of Public Health course offered online by Arden University is developed to meet the growing demand for graduates with a passion for managing and leading preventive health services in communicable and non-communicable diseases.
This flexible and contemporary course has been created in close collaboration with leading public health employers and industry advisory groups. Students are exposed to a variety of teaching approaches and assessment methods to support the development of their abilities in public health, so they graduate with the specialised skills necessary for a successful career in the public health sector.
This public health master course also prepares graduates for the digital and data driven world that the public health profession has now moved into. Students have the opportunity to become proficient with a wealth of digital technologies such as SPSS, NVIVO, Stata, Gorilla, and more.
Core modules (20 credits each)
Gain insights into a range of interdisciplinary approaches to global health policy-making. This module uses a number of conceptual and methodological tools to examine and demonstrate the interrelations between globalisation and global health.
This module instills the fundamental skills required as an epidemiologist. Students are encouraged to apply independent critical and evaluative skills required to contribute to scientific evaluation and decision-making. The module also explores the skills required to understand and evaluate empirical research in the field.
Leading Health Projects
Students acquire knowledge on key project management concepts including project governance, scheduling and monitoring, as well as discussing the role of risk in a project and how it is managed. The module also highlights the importance of leadership and effective communication when undertaking team projects, specifically in the global health context.
Designing Public Health Research
On this module students further their understanding of the range of research methodologies used in global health research. The module explores how global health research is generated, the philosophies underpinning research in this field, the methods used by global health researchers, and the ethical, logistical and other challenges faced by researchers.
Economics in Public Health Practice
The Economics in Public Health Practice module explores and applies the principles of public health economics to health care. The module provides students with an understanding of economic evaluations in public health policy and interventions, and helps them to develop the digital skills to analyse public health policy issues and challenges in the health sector.
Contemporary Challenges in Public Health
The aim of this module is to develop an appreciation of current and urgent international public health issues. This includes managing these issues, and how these challenges could be addressed. The module also helps to develop knowledge of the key theories and models in public health, and how they apply to contemporary challenges.
Industry-based Project (40 credits)
The Industry-based Project is an opportunity to apply the skills and competencies acquired throughout the course to real problems in public health practice. Students select an organisation or industry, apply theoretical and practical knowledge they gained in the classroom, and develop a public health-related project focusing on the significance and disciplinary relevance of the final report on the organisation and on the public health topic generally.
Elective modules (20 credits each)
Global Burden of Disease
Explore global patterns of morbidity and mortality of communicable and non-communicable disease, and examine their consequences for global health and healthcare provision. This module considers the determinants of health and emerging and re-emerging infectious disease threats, and introduces the application and use of information technology in global health.
Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health Management
This module aims to demonstrate the issues of gender representation over time and how gender is represented in literature. It also outlines theories of feminism, masculinity, toxic masculinity, patriarchy, sexism, misogyny, misandry and hostile sexism. Students investigate how these terms affect society, and the historical struggle of gender equality across the globe. The module also examines the balance of gender equality in different countries, and encourages you to reflect upon the social, cultural, political, and economic context within those countries
Risk Planning in Preventive Health
Preventive health intervention could pay dividends for employers, the national economy, national health systems, and individuals. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated this, and risk planning in the context of preventive health has the potential to provide both economic and societal benefits. On this module students gain insight into key concepts, theories, and models preventive health, as well as insight into risk, and risk management frameworks
Evidence-based Infectious Disease Modelling
The module aims to further the understanding of conceptual and technical aspects of mathematical modelling and its applications in infectious disease research and epidemiology. Students will become familiar with infectious disease modelling, the interpretation of infectious disease data, and the practical application of specific tools, techniques and paradigms to manage and control the transmission of infectious diseases such as HIV, Tuberculosis, Ebola, SARS, and Covid-19.
This course provides skills that you can directly apply to your workplace, and makes you ready for a career in a wide range of possible roles. Here are some of the roles that a graduate of this programme can expect:
Public Health Advisor
Public Health Consultant
Public Health Educator
Public Health Researcher
Work with local authorities
Work with national leaders
Work with non-governmental organisations and well known national and international charities
To be eligible for this course you must normally have:
A bachelor’s degree or equivalent at 2:2 level in any recognised health and social care or related discipline.
Individuals who have HND/HNC/Dip HE, with three to four years strong professional work experience with evidence of managerial/supervisory responsibilities are also encouraged to apply
For students whose prior learning was not taught in English: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (no less than 6.0 in any element).
Alternatively, evidence you have previously studied in English; a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English can be accepted
What if I don’t have academic qualifications?
Non-standard entry: We are happy to receive your application if you have significant management experience (typically 5 years) and are able to demonstrate their motivation to study the programme. We will ask for your CV and references in support of your application.