Taught course

Public Health

Institution
University of Northampton · School of Health
Qualifications
MSc

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

January, September, May

Course content

This course has been designed to provide you with an integrated, coherent and multidisciplinary approach to public health activity. Our MSc Public Health places particular emphasis on advancing your critical awareness and problem solving skills in order to develop innovative, reflective and pro-active approaches to meeting challenging and complex health needs. Examples of our pro-active approach to teaching and learning include; the analysis of contemporary non-communicable health issues such as obesity, diabetes and mental health, as well as those linked with public protection such as infectious disease surveillance and control.

Our MSc Public Health 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 you will be encouraged to develop a critical, evaluative approach to the knowledge which underpins present-day public health practice.

Course content

This postgraduate award prepares you for a career in Public Health at both strategic and operational levels. The full MSc consists of six compulsory modules, which include:

  • Leading Public Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Epidemiology
  • Comparative Health Care Systems
  • Research Methods
  • Professional Project

You will need to study all of the compulsory modules on this course as well as choosing from one designated module from the following subject areas:

  • Substance Use and Misuse
  • Voluntary Sector Placement
  • Therapeutic Communication Interventions and Leadership
  • Leading People in Health and Social Care Organisations.

These designated modules have been identified as offering a range of public health topics which you can choose dependent on your experience. All modules (except the Professional Project) 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 you 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 incorporates 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. This reflects the University’s Changemaker ethos which strives to identify and respond to societal issues in a proactive, sustainable and ethical manner.

Embedded within the course are sessions from the Changemaker Hub, who offer support and advice in 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.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

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

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
study@northampton.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1604 735500
Fax
+44 (0)1604 713019