Taught course

Public Health

University of Southampton · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

Second-class degree, or relevant professional qualification or post-qualifying professional experience.

Months of entry

October, September

Course content

This programme will prepare you for a challenging and rewarding career to improve the health of individuals and communities. You will develop essential skills in epidemiology, quantitative and qualitative research methods, medical statistics and health improvement and in devising effective public health programmes. We offer pathways in intelligence, global health and nutrition (management due to be validated 2017–18) to equip you for professional practice in these specialisms. We draw on the professional experience from academic researchers and practitioners from across the University, including medicine, social sciences, demography, geography and law. Accreditation: International Union for Health Promotion and Education (MSc PH) and UK Association for Nutrition (MSc PH(N)).

Programme structure

Compulsory modules: Epidemiology; Medical Statistics and Qualitative Methods for Public Health; Enabling Change for Health Improvement; Development and Implementation of Policies and Strategies

Public health programme:
Advanced Statistical Methods for Epidemiology; Communicable Disease Control; Developing Public Health Practice; Food Systems; Health Care Organisation and Evaluation; Health Economics; Population, Poverty and Policy; Public Health, Law and Ethics

Nutrition pathway: Assessment of Nutritional Status; Food Systems; Nutrition in Harsh Environments; Developing Public Health Practice; Health Policy and Economics.

Intelligence pathway: Core skills in Geographical Information Systems (GIS); GIS for Analysis of Health; GIS for Healthcare Management; Advanced Statistical Methods for Epidemiology; Health Policy and Economics.

Global Health pathway:
Critical Issues in Global Health: Concepts and Case Studies; Demographic Methods 1; Methods and Analysis of Global Health Trends and Differentials; Health Policy and Economics; Population, Poverty and Policy; Communicable disease control.

Note: modules vary from year to year.

Management pathway: see website

Information for international students


Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
24-60 months
full time
12 months


full time
12 months
part time
12-36 months


part time
36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

023 8059 4408