UWE Bristol - MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate Public Health

UWE Bristol

MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate Public Health

A professionally orientated award, accredited and the curriculum validated by the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA). We have strong links with Public Health directors in the region, who regularly sponsor their employees to undertake this programme.

Public health refers to all organised measures, public and private, to prevent disease, promote and improve health, prolong life and tackle the root causes of ill-health across the diverse populations and environments of the world. Its activities aim to reduce health inequalities by seeking to provide conditions for health improvement and development. The MSc Public Health at UWE Bristol is structured around an interdisciplinary curriculum that draws upon social, human, behavioural, environmental and natural science disciplines.

This course is suited to individuals already working or considering working in the areas of public health, health promotion, community development, primary care or health protection. It is also very relevant to those working in public, voluntary, independent and NGO sector organisations, spanning healthcare, social care, local government, education, planning and regeneration, international development, human rights, social justice, and the range of health-related voluntary and community agencies and providers.

Professional Focus

A professionally orientated award, this course has been accredited and the curriculum validated by the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA). It is mapped against European, US and UK Faculty of Public Health professional competencies. The programme team has strong links with Public Health departments within the south-west region of England and with Public Health England, who regularly provide sponsorship and placement opportunities for students.

Fit for Purpose

The course is stimulating, challenging and rewarding in terms of meeting individuals' personal and career aspirations. It provides professionals, researchers and graduates with an advanced contemporary education in public health theory, practice and research. Our primary goal is for graduates to emerge as advanced critical thinkers and analysts, ready and able to challenge and push boundaries in a wide range of contexts.

The course team comprises experienced academics with extensive professional experience, respected research portfolios and strong regional and national reputations. All are research-active, with research grants and publication profiles of national and international significance.  

Entry Requirements

Applicants are normally required to have a 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject area as well as appropriate experience. Applicants without a degree level qualification will be considered individually.

GCSE Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalents are required.

International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6.0 in each component


Career Prospects

On graduation, we encourage students to publish their dissertation work, engage in research and knowledge exchange opportunities at the University or to consider pursuing doctoral studies.

The skills and knowledge acquired on the course are highly applicable to a range of roles, within and beyond Public Health. A key module on the course is Leadership for Public Health, which helps students develop important employability skills often sought by employers. 

UWE Bristol's award-winning careers service can help you develop employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Course Details

Applicants can choose to study towards a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or the full MSc Public Health (180 credits). All the individual taught modules are also available as stand-alone Continuous Professional Development (CPD) units.

Introduction to Public Health (15 credits) - introduces multidisciplinary public health, based on a socio-ecological model of health, and prepares you for the programme as a whole.
Quantitative Health Research (15 credits) - focuses on quantitative research methods and how to apply these in public health contexts.
Qualitative Health Research (15 credits) - focuses on qualitative research methods and how to apply these in public health contexts.
Health Promotion (15 credits) - develops knowledge, understanding and practical skills in health promotion, a core component of public health practice.
Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Disease (15 credits) - explores the full range of non-communicable diseases, issues, determinants and contexts, and how these are addressed within the public health realm.
Health Protection (15 credits) - examines the range of communicable diseases and investigates communicable disease control, surveillance and outbreak management. The module is part-taught by professionals from Public Health England.
Leadership for Public Health (15 credits) - introduces skills in public health leadership and management, and is strongly practice-orientated.
Public Health Policy and Politics (15 credits) - introduces public health policy development and analysis within political contexts, exploring ideology and power in relation to real world public health scenarios.
Public Health Economics (15 credits) - examines techniques for measuring social and economic costs and benefits in public health, which is important for evaluating and planning public health interventions and policy.
Dissertation (45 credits) - a summative research project, based on primary or secondary research that involves submission of a research protocol and a final research report.

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