Taught course

Public Health

Oxford Brookes University · Department of Psychology, Social Work and Public Health

Entry requirements

You will need a UK or overseas degree from a recognised institution. You will need at least six months work experience in a public health related field. You will be asked to write a 500-700 word statement expressing why you want to study Public Health and how you anticipate it will advance your career (this form will be sent out to you as a condition of offer). See also our English language requirements.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This highly successful and innovative MSc in Public Health welcomes UK, EU and international applicants from a wide range of professions.

The principles underlying this course focus on the health of communities as a recognised concern of a wide group of professionals, where health is related to a variety of factors, including individual biology and genetics, behavioural factors, socio-economic factors and environmental factors, and that good health is a right, not a privilege.

Please note: the January entry point is only available to part-time Home / EU students only.

Our students are drawn from a variety of health and social care professions locally, from across the UK and internationally. It includes those working in health care, social services, environmental health, local government and the voluntary sector.

The course provides concrete activities that meet the needs of both home and international students, optimising co-learning strategies between all students from different cultural backgrounds. Students from the UK and non-European countries are provided with opportunities to share and debate the challenges of public health within developed and developing countries.

Strategies for embedding intercultural knowledge and skills are sufficiently generic to develop competencies that promote greater self-awareness and address some of the challenges of developing our students into global citizens.

Blended learning is used effectively across the programme to impart knowledge and promote discussion as well as to enable students to develop digital and information literacy. Teaching staff are actively engaged in Public Health research.

A collaborative programme of public health workshops are also currently facilitated by staff from the Public Health team across Local Authority and NHS sites which provide a more sustainable approach to CPD development for various levels of public health professionals. Further information concerning these (non-accredited) courses is available on the faculty website.

Contributions from external visiting lecturers are also welcomed on a regular basis to the programme and provide current perspectives from key domains of public health, for example, health improvement (NICE), health protection (Oxfam) and service improvement (Local Authorities). These external connections are extremely beneficial and well received adding valuable opportunities and connections for students to gain insight and potential experience within these organisations.

You can take either the general track or one of three more specialist tracks:

  • Preventive and Behavioural Health
  • Communicable Diseases (September entry only)
  • Leadership and Management.

Specialist tracks will enable you to focus on key public health areas, and are suitable for students who have a clear idea about their learning and career development needs. The general track will probably suit students who want a more general public health education and who do not currently have a specialist career development need or direction, for example students working towards Faculty of Public Health examinations.

Full-time students start in September and the modules follow a specific sequence starting with Foundations in Public Health, Data Analysis and Interpretation, and Applied Research Methods, followed in January by Epidemiology. The sequence of further modules will depend on the selected track.

Part-time students can start in either September or January.

Students who enter in January will commence the programme with Epidemiology and Applied Research Methods, studying Foundations in Public Health and Data Analysis and Interpretation in September.

Please note: as courses are reviewed regularly, the list of modules you choose from may vary from that shown below.

Information for international students

Applicants will be required to demonstrate English language ability to IELTS level 7.0 or above. Please note: the January entry point is only available to part-time Home / EU students only.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
Up to 36 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0)1865 483771