Taught course

Applied Public Health

University of Chester · Faculty of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

Entry is restricted to Medical Support Officers undertaking a foundation year training programme within the British Army.

Although developed with graduates in mind, non-graduate Medical Support Officers with evidence of a sound ability to study at Level 6 may also apply through their chain of command.

Months of entry


Course content

This course will enable the future Medical Support Officer (MSO) to draw upon insightful learning from a wide variety of public-health-related experiences, to ensure healthcare effectiveness, population safety and wellbeing in military contexts.

The Army Medical Services (AMS) delivers world-class international military medical capability. Key to this role is the Medical Support Officer (MSO). This is the first time UK defence medical services will be preparing their MSO students to postgraduate level.

Our course is built around the principles of work-based learning. While undergoing your military foundation year training, as an MSO student you will work in a tripartite partnership with the University of Chester and AMS to learn from their experiences and reflect on learning against principles of public health, epidemiology and disease management.

The teaching team are committed to ensuring efficient learning and understand the demanding role of the MSO, with several Faculty members being serving officers or ex-service personnel.

The course will be delivered flexibly through e-learning and satellite delivery to cater for the nomadic life of the Army Officer. Learning will be focused on international exercises such as Exercise Askari Serpent in Kenya.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Health and Social Care Admissions
01244 511000