Health Promotion & Public Health

Ulster University - Belfast

Health Promotion & Public Health

Addressing the emerging needs and global public health challenges to protect and improve the health and well-being of populations, this course is designed to develop your knowledge and skill set for public health practice. Our extensive links between employers and academic staff ensure that the course content is relevant to contemporary public health practice. Using an evidence-based approach, you will gain the knowledge and skills to understand how to assess needs, plan, implement, and evaluate public health and health promotion interventions/strategies. We will provide you with a range of public health skills, including research epidemiological analysis. We ensure that your learning experience is highly practical by incorporating public health and knowledge frameworks and work-based practice into learning. You will have the option to spend time in a public health setting so you can relate theoretical concepts to practical situations.

Work placement / study abroad
To help you gain an insight into health promotion in a public health setting one of the modules in semester 2 has a work-based learning component. The purpose of this placement is to allow you to consolidate your learning by linking theory to practice and provide you with the opportunity to observe and understand the skills and competencies necessary to work within the field of public health. However, as the impact of COVID 19 is still being felt within many areas of public health the opportunity to engage in a work-based placement may not be possible and alternative options will be offered. You will be provided with support to arrange your placement.

For further course details please see "Course Web Page".

Subjects taught

Year one
• Project Planning and Public Health Practice
• Principles, Skills and Information Systems for Health Promotion and Public Health
• Epidemiology and Policy for Public Health
• MSc Project
• Advanced Methods in Research and Development in Health and Social Care.

Entry requirements

Standard entry conditions
To apply to our postgraduate taught programmes, you must meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements and any course-specific requirements.

Entry Requirements
Normally, a degree in a health related topic from an institution approved by the University. This can include a broad range of topics including public health, environmental health, sports or health sciences as well as bio-medical sciences and nursing. Applicants without a health related degree but with a minimum of 6 months experience in public health, health promotion or wider health roles will also be considered.

Candidates will normally progress from the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion and Public Health. Candidates who hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion, Public Health, Population Health or a Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing from Ulster or equivalent from another University, with a mark profile equivalent to that required of Postgraduate Diplomas in Health Promotion and Public Health of Ulster, as evidenced by a transcript, may be admitted directly to the MSc phase of the course.

Application dates

Your Application
Application is through the University's online application system (see "Application Weblink").

Enrolment dates

Start Date: September 2024

Post Course Info

Health promotion and public health are no longer viewed as the responsibility of only those working in health. This course will prepare you for a public health career in a broad range of policy, practice or academic settings. Students have obtained employment in statutory, voluntary, charity, private and community organisations as well as in government and academic institutions.

Specific roles have included:
• Community Health Development Practitioner
• Health Promotion Practitioner
• Scientific Advisor for Dietary Health
• Smoking Cessation Officer
• Home Safety Officer
• Lecturer
• Senior Health Protection Nurse
• Health and Wellbeing Officer
• Health Advisor
• Community Outreach Coordinator

Some students have also progressed to doctoral study.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters at UK Level 7,Postgraduate Diploma at UK Level 7,Postgraduate Certificate at UK Level 7

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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