Taught course

Applied Public Health

University of Central Lancashire · School of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate courses vary and you're advised to check below for any specific requirements or with Enquiry Management. Normally the following general entry requirements apply: Postgraduate Diplomas, Certificates and Conversion Courses: A recognised British first degree or its equivalent, or a BTEC Higher Diploma/Certificate. Taught Masters Courses: A recognised British honours degree to a good standard, or its equivalent. Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits and in the light of the nature and scope of the programme or work proposed. Informal enquiries are welcomed and will normally be followed by an initial advisory interview.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Applied Public Health is a new and innovative course providing a relevant and engaging learning experience for anyone whose work includes some responsibility for the determinants of health. Designed to meet the needs of a wide range of professionals working to achieve improvements in health, it aims to provide participants with the opportunity to develop the skills required to meet existing and emerging challenges in public health. The learning outcomes of the core modules are mapped against the Royal Society for Public Health standards that are set out in their qualifications and education and training pathways in support of public health practice, as well as the NHS Knowledge and Skills Competency Framework. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, workshops, self-directed learning, blended learning, problem based learning, and action learning. Assessments are designed to have real world relevance and include: briefing papers, presentations, poster presentations, press releases, project management, etc.

The course covers a range of public health disciplines including health improvement, health protection, ethics and governance, research methods, healthy settings, health informatics, media and communication, epidemiology and global, international, national and local issues relating to public health. There is a strong emphasis on appropriate tools and techniques, evidence based approaches and the application of theory to public health practice.

The programme offers an applied focus and is designed to deliver the opportunities for participants to develop, enhance and utilise the key and transferable skills which are required to meet the varied and diverse demands of public health work. This involves developing skills in leadership, communication, project management, resource management and evaluation, in addition to collaborate working which cuts across traditional boundaries to deliver improvements to health. It aims to strengthen the capacity of participants to engage in public health work and to work toward reduction in health inequalities. There is an emphasis on participatory and evidence based approaches, utilising action learning to underpin the need to work in partnership and engage in reflective practice. Local, national and international examples are utilised to acknowledge the changing social circumstances, contexts and policy priorities which constantly impinge on public health initiatives.

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
15 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

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