Taught course

Public Health

London Metropolitan University · Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

Entry requirements

Successful applicants will normally be required to have: At least an upper second class Honours degree in a relevant subject or related areas. Those with relevant professional or technical qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Course overview

MSc Public Health is a unique social science based multi-disciplinary course that focuses on the wider determinants of health and wellbeing. It is based on the view that public health strategies reach far beyond the health care system.

It provides a comprehensive coverage of the twenty-first century complexities of both national and international public health.

The course aims to develop critical understanding of the impact of social determinants of health on populations and the range of political, social, economic, environmental and health interventions that might improve population health.

It also evaluates key principles and concepts that underpin public health developments and interprets evidence crucial for decision-making and problem-solving in public health policy and practice. Ethical dimensions of public health are also a key consideration.

Course structure

Students will take four core modules, two optional modules and a dissertation of around 15,000 words.

Core modules:

  • Public Health and Health Promotion
  • Social Research: Principles and Practice
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Health in the City
  • Dissertation

Optional modules include:

  • Management in Health and Social Services
  • Managing Self and Others
  • Managing Public Services
  • Mental Health Promotion
  • Perspectives of Ageing
  • Developments and Management in Community Care
  • Partnership Working and Management
  • Project Management
  • Understanding Health Policy
  • Social Structures and Policies
  • Children and Families: Policy and Practice
  • Ethical Issues in Biomedical Science


You are assessed via a variety of methods, including seminar papers, presentations, essays, coursework reports, mini projects, case studies, unseen examination and a final dissertation.

Career opportunities

Completion of the course provides a wide career pathway in population health. Graduates have gone on to positions within NHS organisations, community organisations, government agencies, local authorities, health promotion agencies, human rights agencies, health sectors abroad, international health institutions, academia, the business and voluntary sectors. Some graduates undertake advanced research studies.

Information for international students

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
£7,650 per year
International students
£11,400 per year

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
020 7133 4202