Taught course

Public Health

Institution
University of Bedfordshire · Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Postgraduate Medical School
Qualifications
MScPGCertPGDip

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. Students should hold a relevant health or social care degree (grade 2:2 or higher). It is also highly desirable that candidates have some experience of working within a health (preferably in public health) or social care sector. A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each band or equivalent for EU and international applicants.

Months of entry

September, March

Course content

About the course

When you join this MSc course you will join a supportive and nurturing 'community of inquiry'. Along with your peers you will develop a critical awareness of how research processes can be applied to the study of public health, an insight into the global drivers behind health system reform, and an appreciation of policy development and implementation in developed and developing nations.

This course is for you if you seek a career in public health. There are a range of career opportunities within public health, including public health analyst, public health programme manager and public health specialist. The course can also act as a platform for postgraduate research (MPhil/PhD) study in public health and provides you with sufficient grounding for the UK Faculty of Public Health Part I examination. Upon completion of this course, all students become eligible to apply for fellow membership of the UK Royal Society for Public Health.

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
  • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Key features

    • Study the principles of public health that are relevant to students from around the world, and boost your practical, critical and theoretical skills
    • Explore your potential on a course that commences with two foundation units before moving onto specialist units that enable you to explore contemporary issues relating to public health policy. A final unit enables you to undertake a research project
    • Develop an understanding of issues in public health principles and practice from local, national and international perspectives
    • Gain an insight into the global drivers of reform in health systems and their potential impacts on future public health policy
    • Benefit from a course that uses case-studies from around the world, and is based on the principle that medical professionals should improve health and prevent disease, not just provide treatment for those who are ill.
  • 92% of our graduates are in work or PhD studies in different countries around the world. (DLHE, 2014).

    All of our research is recognised as internationally excellent in impact, and the majority is world-leading (2014 Research Excellence Framework).

    This course will help you to develop a critical understanding of how public health policy is developed and implemented in developed and developing countries and how the research process is applied in the study of public health. In addition, this course:

    • Highlights the importance of public health and public health practice worldwide.
    • Provides an in-depth understanding of health issues from local, national and global perspectives.
    • Focuses on delivering research informed teaching.
    • Supports students in developing specialist expertise in public health which will enable them to improve public health and prevent disease, thereby bringing lasting change to the population’s health status.

Career opportunities

Students completing the programme will have the skills and the knowledge to enter any field of public health practice. Throughout the course the teaching, learning and assessment methods are designed to encourage you to make strong connections between your studies and your future public health practice. Case studies, healthcare datasets and exemplars from practice help you to develop and practise a broad range of skills.

Throughout the course the teaching staff will share examples from their own professional practice and/or research activity and external speakers such as public health leaders, practitioners, policy makers, researchers are invited to share their expertise.

Opportunities for shared learning with other students on the MSc in Public Health offer insights into current healthcare practices in the UK and internationally, and opportunities for peer discussion and debate.

The course can also act as a platform for postgraduate research (MPhil/PhD) study in public health.

Areas of study may include

    • Epidemiology in Public Health
    • Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare
    • Health and Social Care Inequalities
    • Healthcare Commissioning
    • Principles, Policies and Issues in Public Health
    • Public Health Intelligence
    • Public Health Protection
    • Public Health Research Methods
    • Research Project – Dissertation
  • Teaching for each of the eight core unit is based on a series of weekly lectures and workshops. Between lectures, your learning will be underpinned by the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (BREO) which is used to provide access to additional guided learning materials and e-learning resources. After you have completed the eight core units, the dissertation unit will provide an opportunity to develop your public health research skills

Fees and funding

For details on the financial support on offer at the University of Bedfordshire please visit our website: www.beds.ac.uk/pgfunding.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
Up to 5 years months
distance learning
12-24 months
full time
12 months or 15 months months

PGCert

full time
12 months or 15 months months
part time
Up to 5 years months

PGDip

part time
Up to 5 years months
full time
12 months or 15 months months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions
Email
admission@beds.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1582 743500