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Health Promotion & Public Health

Applicable to a wide range of health professionals, this course covers the newly emerging needs in public health practice and policy. Whether you are or aspire to be a manager, health education/promotion specialist, environmental health officer, doctor, nurse, allied health professional, dentist or teacher this course will develop your analytical, communication, leadership and management skills.

You will learn to develop and lead activities designed to tackle inequalities in health, prevent ill health and to work in partnership with individuals, families, communities and multidisciplinary public health workforces. The course covers how to address the emerging needs and global public health challenges to protect and improve the health and well-being of populations by assessing needs, planning, implementing and evaluating public health and health promotion interventions/ strategies. The course will also teach you research skills and incorporates workbased learning allowing you to spend time in a public health setting to relate theoretical concepts to practical situations.

The option to study full-time or part-time gives you the flexibility to fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments. Some modules can be taken as standalone and are available to study online from your home or place of work. On completion of the MSc there will be the potential for you to be able to apply to become registered public health and/or health promotion practitioner.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Normally, a degree in a subject related to health promotion, public health or population health from an institution approved by the University.

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.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Exemptions and transferability

Students who obtain an overall average of at least 50% in the Postgraduate Certificate may progress to the Postgraduate Diploma.

Students who obtain an overall average of at least 50% in the Postgraduate Diploma may progress to the MSc.



Depending on the choice of optional module two semesters in one academic year September to May or two semesters across two academic years. Attendance varies by module. One module is taught in a block across two weeks of the semester, one module is taught in 6-hour sessions for 4 weeks of the semester, one module is taught in a morning every week of the semester and one module is delivered fully online with students required to be online at specified time.

Two academic years. Attendance varies by module. One module is taught in a block across two weeks of the semester, two modules are taught in 6-hour sessions for 4 weeks of the semester, one module is taught in a morning every week of the semester. Two of the modules are delivered fully online with students required to be online at specified times.

One academic year September to September. There are no taught classes for the MSc. You will be allocated an individual supervisor who you will have contact with for a total of 18 hours.

Careers or further progression

Career options

Health promotion and public health are no longer viewed as the responsibility of only those working in health. Students have obtained employment in statutory, voluntary, charity, private and community organisations as well as in local government and academic institutions. Students have also progressed to further postgraduate study.

Further enquiries

Karen McCarroll
T: +44 (0)28 9036 8983

Dr Karen Casson
T: +44 (0)28 9036 8293

Subjects taught

Year one

Principles and Practice of Health Promotion and Public Health
This module addresses in an in-depth, critical manner, the determinants of health and how these can be addressed by the disciplines of health promotion and public health. Key theoretical and professional perspectives are explored. Outcomes of these disciplines are critically analysed through an examination of key health psychology theory.

Populations and Policy for Public Health
Health promotion and public health specialists have a key role to play in reducing health inequalities. This module covers a spectrum of key skills and qualities to enable students to identify and address health inequalities and to effectively assess the impact of policies on health and inequalities. Assessment is by coursework.

Epidemiology and Statistics for Public Health
This module will develop the capacity and capability of professionals to use demographic statistics and epidemiological data and analysis to improve public health. Through the assessment framework students are enabled to apply their learning to specific chronic diseases within population groups.

Year two

Project Planning and Management for Public Health
This module will provide students with an understanding of current models and approaches for effective project and programme management (including needs assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation) for public health. It will systematically take students through the planning cycle and equip them with the knowledge and skills to be able to plan and manage a multi-stakeholder public health focused project from needs assessment through to culmination. Assessment is by coursework.

Application of Public Health to Practice
This work-based learning module is designed to provide students with an individualised, flexible opportunity to gain insight into health promotion in a public health setting of their choice. It will enable students to consolidate learning by linking theory and policies to practice acquired from previous modules, and provide them with the opportunity to observe and understand the skills and competencies necessary to work within the field of public health. Assessment is by coursework.

Advanced Methods in Research and Development in Health and Social Care
This module builds upon previous study of research methods and enables students to develop and apply theoretical and scientific knowledge and problem solving skills, extending their understanding of the philosophical and practical aspects of research, service evaluation and practice development. In particular, it examines quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research designs for collecting, recording, analysing and interpreting data with the ultimate goal of further developing their research and development skills.

Year three

MSc Research Project
This is a required component of a programme leading to the MSc. The student completes, under supervision, a proposal with successful submission to appropriate ethics committee(s), and if appropriate, Research Governance committee(s), and completes an evidence-based project, which makes a contribution to the knowledge base for professional practice and/or policy.

Application date

Application is through the University's online application system.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2020/21

Postgraduate Information Session 20 February 2020
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