Taught course

Public Health

Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

Applicants should have an honours degree (2.2 classification or above). Details of the minimum IT specification required for distance learning are available on request. International applicants must demonstrate an IELTS score of 6.5.

Months of entry


Course content

This course covers key aspects of public health. You study the complex determinants of public health and how these influence the development of policy and practice. You develop skills in accessing, interpreting and critically evaluating data and research evidence, and the ability to plan, design and manage your own research project. Throughout the course you are encouraged to apply acquired knowledge and skills to persistent public health problems.

The course:

  • equips you with knowledge of the theories, concepts, tools and techniques for public health
  • facilitates knowledge translation from academic public health to the promotion and protection of population health and well-being
  • enables you to evaluate policy and practice and challenge orthodoxy in public health as appropriate
  • develops your skills further in planning, designing and independently managing a research project.

You study six modules and have the opportunity to undertake your own research project (dissertation). The modules introduce and discuss key concepts which underpin public health, the generation, analysis and use of data and evidence in informing practice, exploring, designing, assessing and leading public health programmes, issues in global health and designing research projects.

How you learn

The course can be accessed electronically by distance learning or by attending face-to-face sessions. Equivalent learning and teaching activities are provided for both sets of students although the mode of delivery may vary. All students are supported through the use of a virtual learning environment (Blackboard).

You participate in lectures, seminars, group activities and computer-based workshops. Distance learning students receive recorded lectures and structured open learning materials and are encouraged to participate in online discussion and activities. Skills development is supported through computer-based simulations. Individual tutorial support is available to all students throughout the course.

How you are assessed

A range of assessment methods are used to provide a variety of learning experiences, and to challenge and extend your knowledge. These include written reports and essays, research proposals and a dissertation. You are given written feedback on all assignments to outline your progress and encourage further development.

Career opportunities

The course outcomes are mapped to the UK's Public Health Skills and Career Framework (2008). Successful completion of the course provides opportunities for career progression for those already working in public health and opportunities for others to embark on a career in the field. The course has been designed to serve as preparation for those wishing to take the Faculty of Public Health Part A examination.

Fees and funding

Please note that due to current anticipated changes to NHS education and HE funding, information will be updated on Teesside University website. Please check this prior to application.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36 months
part time
36 months
full time
18 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment70
Dissertation30 (15000 words)

Course contact details

School of Health & Social Care Admissions
+44 (0)1642 384176