Taught course

Public Health

University of Northampton · School of Health

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally hold a recognised first or second class Honours degree in a subject area that demonstrates applicability to public health practice. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). Students who do not have a first or second class honours degree but can demonstrate its equivalent in terms of experience relevant to the programme of study, may be able to access the course as associate students. For more information regarding this please contact the course leader

Months of entry

October, May, February

Course content

This programme has been designed to provide an integrated, coherent and multidisciplinary approach to public health activity. It will have an emphasis on advancing critical awareness and problem solving skills in order to develop innovative, reflective and pro-active approaches to meeting challenging and complex health needs. Examples include critical health issues such as obesity and mental health, and those linked with public protection such as climate change and infectious diseases.

It will be delivered by a range of teaching methods such as core lectures, group work, online activities, use of case studies and directed learning approaches. Shared learning with other professionals will be a focus of this course and students will be encouraged to develop a critical, evaluative approach to the knowledge which underpins present-day public health practice.

his postgraduate award prepares students for a career in Public Health at both strategic and operational levels. The full MSc consists of five compulsory modules, and two designated modules. Compulsory modules are those which every student must undertake. Designated modules are those that have been identified as offering a range of public health topics which students can choose dependent on their experience and specialism.

All modules (except the Dissertation) incorporate 200 hours of learning, which includes taught sessions as well as self-directed independent study and assignment preparation. Furthermore, (included in the 200 hours) are six study days, in which students are expected to either attend lectures or work online on electronic activities via the online learning environment, NILE.

The teaching team have created a flexible and challenging Public Health programme, which involves face-to-face teaching, workshops and tutorials, as well as three of the core modules having an extensive self-directed online component. Opportunities exist to undertake a volunteering post within a Public Health environment and to gain experience of working within a Non-Governmental Organisation whilst 'giving back' to the vulnerable in society. ​

Embedded within the course are sessions from the University Centre for Employability and Engagement (UCEE), who offer support and advice to students in both cohort groups and on a one-to-one basis for; CV writing, interview techniques and help with locating a volunteer placement. These skills are invaluable when it comes to applying for employment or PhD study.

Course modules (16/17):

Leading Public Health Practice - Core module Y

Leadership: The People Challenge - Core module N

Principles and Perspectives of Health Promotion - Core module Y

Epidemiology - Core module Y

Research Methods – Philosophy and Study Design - Core module Y

Comparative Health Care Systems - Core module Y

Professional Project - Core module Y

Substance Use and Misuse - Core module N

Therapeutic Communication Interventions - Core module N

Voluntary Sector Placement - Core module N

Innovations and Creativity - Core module N

Managing Advanced Professional Practice - Core module N

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months
part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

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+44 (0)1604 713019