Taught course

Public Health and Community Wellbeing

ARU (Anglia Ruskin University) · Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care

Entry requirements

A UK Honours Degree or equivalent

International students
Applicants will be required to demonstrate the University standard of English language (IELTS) at Level 6.5 prior to commencement on a course. Students who do not meet this criterion will be advised to seek support from ALS English language programme prior to commencement of the course.

Selection Process
Candidates should normally have a good first degree or equivalent and be working, or hope to work, within any area of the public health arena. They do not necessarily need a professional qualification for access to the course but do need to demonstrate a strong interest in public health and local health improvement.

Candidates with a third class honours, or ordinary (pass) degree plus a minimum of one year of relevant post-graduate work experience, will be considered on an individual basis. Candidates who do not have a first degree, but have relevant work experience, may be able to gain access to the course by completing a Non Graduate Entry Profile demonstrating, and reflecting on, achievement of generic undergraduate learning outcomes through experiential learning.

Admission to the Course with Non-Traditional entry
Non graduates may gain entry to the course by clearly demonstrating on their application that their qualifications and experience are equivalent to an Honours degree.

Admission with Credit
Applicants seeking admission with credit (either APCL or APEL) are referred initially to the AP(E)L Advisor for the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care.

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@aru.ac.uk for further information.

Months of entry


Course content

Gain the skills, knowledge and leadership capabilities to thrive within public health environments. Our Masters degree will enable you to make a positive contribution to public health service provision and research environments.

From epidemiological research to communities of health, healthcare financing to service commissioning, this course covers the key concepts.

In the UK, the increasing demand for health care alongside the reduction in funding for healthcare systems means there is an increased need for a trained, effective workforce of public health professionals. The field of public health is ever-expanding, particularly in the context of a growing aging population, thus the market requires increased numbers of public health professionals.

Our MSc Public Health and Community Wellbeing course is designed to prepare you to meet public health needs in the UK, through emphasis on localised skills such as economic evaluations, NHS commissioning, and regional public health concerns.

You could be working in a public health-related role already or are ambitious to enter the field. In either case you’ll find a wealth of valuable content here, taught by expert tutors and researchers.

At ARU, our postgraduate Public Health and Community Wellbeing degree takes a modern approach, by directly addressing the social, economic, political and other factors that influence population health and community wellbeing. It explores public health locally and is particularly relevant to UK populations within diverse community groups. You’ll learn how to apply advanced theory and techniques to practical scenarios.

Your course will culminate in planning, researching and writing your Masters project. This can be research or work-based, focusing on your areas of particular interest.

Fees and funding

UK students
£10,000 (full-time, per year) - £5,000 (part-time, per year)
International students
£15,000 (full-time, per year) - £7,500 (part-time, per year)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

ARU Applicant Enquiries Team