This course mixes taught elements with independent projects. We support you with guidance and inspiration, and you will negotiate a final project that matches your personal interests. You will analyse the global and national policy, and its practical implications, and have an opportunity to study an area of healthcare in depth.

Public health covers three key domains: health improvement, which includes monitoring specific diseases, risk factors and inequalities, improving services, which includes audit, evaluation, service planning and efficiency, and health protection, which includes responses to infectious diseases and environmental hazards.

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, self-directed learning and e-learning.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this masters requires a higher level of independent working.

Assessment methods include coursework, projects, poster and oral presentations, timed tests and exams.

Course Content

  • Health Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (30 credits)
  • Sociological Perspectives and Global Health (30 credits)
  • Applied Public Health Practice (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules (choose one)

  • Epidemiology and Health Measurement (30 credits)
  • Leadership and Management in Health (30 credits)

With an MSc in Public Health, you will be able to apply for roles at the forefront of health policy, helping people to live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives. On completing this course you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to work at an advanced level in line with current health legislation and policy.

Public Health professionals work in a range of community health areas such as primary health care teams, public health units, drug and alcohol settings, and health and social care settings. There are also opportunities in epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health administration, health education and health policy.

Potential roles include becoming a manager in the NHS, local authorities and non-statutory sectors. For example, at the top end of the scale, there are roles as Director of Public Health that attract salaries of up to around £100,000. There are also many other opportunities as a public health professional.

Partner University

University of Sunderland
London Metropolitan University 
Intake : April /August / October / January

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