The course will be of interest to a wide range of professionals such as managers, health education/health promotion specialists, environmental health officers, doctors, nurses, specialist community public health nurses, allied health professionals, dentists and teachers working in health and social care, local government, education, the voluntary and private sectors, as well as new graduates who are contemplating a career within the expanding field of health promotion and public health.
The course aims to develop analytical, communication, leadership and management skills necessary to operate at a professional level. These will prepare and enable practitioners to develop and lead population-based activities designed to tackle inequalities in health, prevent ill health and to work in partnership with individuals, families, communities and multidisciplinary public health workforces.
This intellectually stimulating course is based on the physical and mental dimensions of health and the associated social, political, economic and personal determinants of health. The course is designed to provide an advanced education in the theory, principles and practice of health promotion and public health, with strong emphasis on the integration of theory into practical application.
The curriculum takes account of newly emerging needs in public health practice and policy. It has been developed with a strong focus on evidence based practice to enable students to develop key health promotion and public health competencies within a supportive learning environment.
A work-based learning module requires you to spend a minimum of 35 hours in a public health setting which will afford you the opportunity to understand and observe the competencies necessary to work within the field of public health. The module also aims to consolidate your learning by drawing on the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the course, and, thus, increase employment prospects.
The MSc Research Project is a substantial piece of independent work where, through the application of the research process to a self-determined public health topic area, you will demonstrate your ability to complete an evidence based project which makes a contribution to the knowledge base for professional practice and/or policy.
Full-time and part-time study options provide flexibility to structure study to suit personal and professional commitments.
Teaching and learning assessment
How will I be taught?
Lectures will be delivered via conventional face-to-face classes, enhanced with material available on Blackboard Learn or will be fully online. Lectures are structured in a way to stimulate discussion and debate.
Classroom-based workshops will encompass formal teaching and participatory group work involving a range of strategies including: problem solving, opinion forming, class quizzes and debate and generation of new ideas and approaches. These methods will enable you to engage with the skills required to formulate judgments and make decisions for practice.
How will I learn?
Student learning will take place is a supportive environment where the ethos is one of respect and valuing the views of all. You will learn through a combination of information received from lectures and reading, class discussions, reflection and group work. University study requires you to take responsibility for your own learning, to be more self-directed, to make decisions about what you will focus on and how much time you will spend on learning both inside and outside the classroom.
Independent reading and literature research are a vital and indispensable element of learning and you will need to read into your areas of specific interest to enable you to apply the concepts and principles delivered in the teaching environment.
How is the programme assessed?
All assessment is by coursework which you will be given at the start of each module, together with the marking scheme and submission dates. The assessments are designed to permit you to apply the concepts and principles delivered in the teaching environment to your area of special interest. Assessment methods include essays, class tests, planning exercises, critical appraisal of the evidence-based literature, preparation and delivery of seminars, other forms of presentations which will best facilitate shared learning and dissertation/manuscript preparation.
Work placement / study abroad
You are required to spend a minimum of 35 hours in a public health setting. You will be provided with a range of organisations who have agreed to facilitate placement. You may also, with approval, organise a placement in another organisation of your choice.
Formative assessment is used throughout the modules to help you to recognise your strengths and weaknesses and target areas that need work and also to allow your lecturers to identify areas for improvement and to address problems immediately. Formative assessment methods include group work on a specific concept or topic area, class quizzes and submission of an outline for coursework. Summative assessment will evaluate your learning using the assessment methods noted above.