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Health Promotion and Public Health

About the Course

Level
MSc

Duration:
18 months full-time

Up to three years
part-time.

Introduction

This pathway of the MSc Interprofessional Health and Social Care is designed for professionals in health, social care, education and local authorities who wish to develop their knowledge and expertise in the areas of health promotion and public health.

The aims of the pathway are:

  • To develop critical thought and analysis in relation to health promotion and public health theory and practice
  • To enhance knowledge and understanding of important contemporary issues in health promotion and public health, necessary for higher levels of client and community centred practice and inter-professional working
  • To promote inter-personal, communication and practical skills in relation to current and future work roles in health promotion and public health.

Health Promotion and Public Health is a dynamic, multidisciplinary area that is receiving increased attention in government policy and the media. In this Masters level pathway, emphasis is placed on the importance of gaining a critical appreciation of current developments in health and social policy, and the contributions of research and evaluation in guiding the development of health promotion and public health practice. Opportunities are also provided for participants to examine, reflect upon and develop their theoretical knowledge and practice in relation to current health promotion and public health initiatives, strategies and developments. The Health Promotion and Public Health pathway has been developed with regard to the National Occupational Standards for the Practice of Public Health and Health Promotion Practitioner Competencies.

Structure and Assessment

Students require 180 credits for a Masters Degree and can qualify for an MSc Health Promotion and Public Health endorsement if they pass 6 modules related to Health Promotion and Public Health and these must include: Principles and Practice of Health Promotion and Public Health and a health promotion/public health topic for the dissertation.

Core modules: 20 credits each

ORIENTATION MODULE

Principles and Practice of Health Promotion and Public Health: assessed by one 2,000 word written assignment, a 1,000 word reflective report on a visit to a health promoting organisation and a ten-minute oral presentation and supporting paper of 1,000 words.

Social and Political Contexts of Health Promotion and Public Health: assessed by a 4,000 word written assignment.

Psychological Perspectives in Health Promotion and Public Health: assessed by a 4,000 word written assignment or Psychology in Health and Social Care.

Developing a Research Proposal: assessed by a detailed proposal for the MSc dissertation of 4,000 words or Undertaking Systematic Reviews or Critical Evaluation of Professional Practice.

PLUS

Dissertation: 60 credits, assessed by a research dissertation of 18-20,000 words.

Optional modules: 20 credits each.

Students can choose one of the modules from the Masters Framework which includes the following:

Open Module: Enables the accreditation of a negotiated professional development experience conducted outside the University. Assessed by a report, portfolio or essay of 5,000 words equivalent.

Health, Arts and Humanities: assessed by one written assignment of 4,000 words.

International Perspectives in Health Promotion and Public Health: assessed by a 3,000 word written assignment and a 1,000 word reflective report on a visit to an organisation concerned with international health.

Learning and Teaching Strategies

Core knowledge and understanding is acquired via lectures, discussions, group work, seminars, assignments, fieldwork, independent study and personal tutorials. More applied and advanced knowledge and understanding is gained through the independent production of a research-based dissertation.

Attendance

The pathway can be followed part-time over three years of full-time over 18 months. Each module is delivered over 8 days from 10am-4pm.

Entry Requirements

There are three ways of demonstrating your eligibility for applying for the course:

  • An Honours degree or equivalent professional qualification with relevant experience of delivering some form of health promotion as part of a work role or elsewhere.
  • Formally accredited health education and/or promotion experience that demonstrates the knowledge and skills at honours degree level.
  • A portfolio of 'Accreditation of Prior Learning' (APL/APEL) evidence to support the ability at Msc level. To find out more about APL/APEL please go to the faculty pages here.

Candidates apply to the programme on standard University application forms. UK candidates may be asked to attend an interview after consideration of their application and references from two referees.

Full-time overseas students apply to the programme via the University’s International Office. Overseas applicants will be required to produce a 500-word account of their experience in Health Promotion and Public Health and their reasons for wishing to be admitted to the course. They may also be interviewed by telephone.

We have a flexible approach to our entry qualifications. Please telephone the Pathway Leader (01227 782312) if you are not sure whether you fulfil the entry requirements.

Programme Fees

Programme fees for UK applicants: up to date fee information is available here.

Programme fees for overseas applicants: please contact the International Office for details.

MPhil and PhD Information

The University offers a number of MPhil/PhD scholarships, which are available across all departments. Post-graduate research students in health promotion are investigating topics such as: neighbourhoods and regeneration partnerships, further education and mental health promotion, music as part of residential care for the elderly, exercise and obesity among young people and the education and support needs of people with diabetes.

Other areas of expertise within the department include: arts and health, psychology of health and stress, nutritional aspects of health, school health promotion, and environmental health.

How to Apply

An application form is available from:
The Programme Administrator
Department of Health and Social Care
Canterbury Christ Church University
North Holmes Road
Canterbury
CT1 1QU

Telephone: 01227 782140.

For further details about the programme, contact the Programme Director, Dr Fiona Bushell on 01227 782312 or email: fiona.bushell@canterbury.ac.uk.

MPhil and PhD Applications: enquiries are welcome form anyone seeking to pursue a research degree in health promotion and public health. For further information on the MPhil/PhD programme contact:
The Research Secretary
Canterbury Christ Church University
North Holmes Road
Canterbury
CT1 1QU

Telephone: 01227 782701

Faculty of Health Website