Health Studies

MSc Public Health

The MSc Public Health will prepare you for senior and strategic roles within the public health workforce, such as those in local/municipal authorities, health care, business, social care, the voluntary sector or education. It will provide you with a deep understanding about how to prevent illness and promote good health and wellbeing. You will learn the knowledge and skills that underpin public health practice at individual, community, national and international levels, as well as how to address the specific health needs of the UK population.

By studying our MSc Public Health, you will critically engage with the theories, principles and practise that are core to public health and health promotion. These include engagement with:

  • Philosophies of health and health promotion
  • Social and cultural determinants of health and inequalities in health
  • Communicable and non-communicable threats to health
  • Epidemiology and its application to disease prevention
  • Risk assessment, health needs assessment and health impact assessment
  • Ethical perspectives in health promotion and public health
  • The physical environment and health
  • Inter-sectoral, national and international health policies and drivers
  • Community development and health improvement
  • Arts and health
  • Research and evaluation

The MSc Public Health learning outcomes are informed by the UK Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (levels 7 and 8) as well as the International Union of Health Promotion and Education: CompHP Professional Standards for Health Promotion.

This course is for those who wish to study:

  • Part-time evening
  • Part-time day
  • Full-time

You will have a relevant first degree, normally in a health or social-science related field OR you will have a professional registration in health, or social care or an equivalent field.

Normally you will have had some relevant work experience, be working in a relevant field of practice, or will have access to one.

Consideration is given to other graduates, or equivalent, who can demonstrate the relevance of this award to their career development. For example, we have been pleased to have lawyers, engineers, priests and human biologists study with us.

International students will need to meet the requirements of any international student coming to study in the UK.

You will enjoy learning alongside, and from, a range of students from different disciplines and professions.

By coming to Canterbury Christ Church University, you will be joining a postgraduate programme that has been running for thirty years, and you will be taught by our highly experienced and research active team of staff.

Our postgraduates are now leading early intervention work such as Good Beginnings in Australia, the integration of health and social care, completing PhDs in topics such as arts and health, carrying out research and teaching in universities across the world, setting up their own health care companies, leading school nursing services, commissioning public health research for the European Commission, and many more have taken their learning into their workplaces and communities where they are making a real difference and working towards a healthier world.

All modules are 20 credits at level 7

Compulsory modules

  • Principles of Public Health
  • Promoting Health and Wellbeing
  • Essentials of Epidemiology
  • Social Aspects of Health
  • Research Approaches and Methods

Optional modules

  • Community Development OR
  • Global Public Health OR
  • A module from MSc Health and Wellbeing such as the Negotiated Learning module OR
  • A module offered at another European University subject to this being organised by the Erasmus programme.

Dissertation

  • 40 credit dissertation OR
  • 60 credit dissertation

Normally, you will start in September, and the order of your modules will be dependent on whether you are studying in the evening, the day or both. The timetable is normally available by Spring of the preceding academic year.

You can take one module only, as a ‘stand alone module’, and be awarded 20 credits at level 7 to contribute to your public health continuing professional development. More details about all our ‘stand alone’ modules can be found here .

To be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate Public Health you must complete three modules totalling 60 credits at level 7. These must include Promoting Health and Wellbeing, Principles of Public Health and one more module offered within the MSc Public Health programme or MSc Health and Wellbeing programme.

To be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma Public Health you must complete six modules totalling 120 credits at level 7. These must include Promoting Health and Wellbeing, Principles of Public Health, Essentials of Epidemiology and Social Aspects of Health; and two more modules offered within the MSc Public Health programme or MSc Health and Wellbeing programme.

To be awarded the MSc Public Health you must complete 180 credits at level 7. These must include Promoting Health and Wellbeing, Principles of Public Health, Essentials of Epidemiology, Social Aspects of Health, Research Approaches and Methods and a 40 or 60 credit dissertation. If you complete a 40 credit dissertation, you will need to complete 7 modules in order to gain 180 credits.

You can choose a module from MSc Health and Wellbeing which includes the Negotiated Learning module. This will allow you to develop specialist knowledge on an individually negotiated topic about which you are particularly interested or directly relates to your work. Additionally, once arrangements are in place, you may be able to study one module at another European University through the Erasmus Programme. For those wishing to be awarded the MSc, you must take the Research Approaches and Methods module in preparation for undertaking your dissertation.

The course enables those who are not currently working in mainstream public health to enter the field, for example those who work in a health-related clinical setting will be better placed to switch to public health work.

The programme will develop a more strategic understanding and, as such, it is a useful qualification for those who are interested in managerial or senior roles that are concerned with health and wellbeing in health care, social care, education, business or the voluntary sector.

The modules are mapped against the UK Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework, thus meeting many of the ‘know-hows’ of the framework. This knowledge can be used towards your registration as a public health practitioner or a public health specialist.

Fees

The 2015/16 tuition fees for this course are:

Fee per yearUK/EUOverseas
Full-time

n/a

n/a

Part-time

n/a

n/a

Fee per module

£730

£1390

The 2016/17 tuition fees for this course are:

Fee per yearUK/EUOverseas
Full-time

n/a

n/a

Part-time

n/a

n/a

Fee per module

£755

£1390

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated, and may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

Students may self-fund their course or a Sponsor may fund or part-fund. 

Further information

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See  further information about funding and scholarships  or  contact the International Office  .

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the  general additional costs which apply to courses  at Canterbury Christ Church University.

You will be assessed for each module, and assessments will usually be made up of essays, reports, presentations and a dissertation.

To apply for this programme, please download the application form on this page.

Alternatively, please contact the programme administrator:

Tel: 01227 782418

Email: postregandfd-healthadmin@canterbury.ac.uk

For further details, please contact Dr Sally Robinson

Email: sally.robinson@canterbury.ac.uk

Modules are taught at the Canterbury campus with the exception of Research Approaches and Methods which is taught at both Canterbury and the Medway campuses.

Evening modules are normally taught 6pm-9pm and one Saturday 9am to 5pm, over 10 or 11 weeks.

Day modules are normally taught 10am to 4pm once a week over 8 weeks.

Full time students will attend day and evening modules.

Research Methods and Approaches module is slightly shorter and includes individual supervision.

Individual supervision is provided for the Dissertation.

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Length

  • Minimally 1 year full-time
    Normally 2-3 years part-time

Entry requirements

  • A relevant first degree in health/social social sciences or a professional registration to practice in health and/or social care or equivalent.
  • Students should normally have had some relevant work experience, be working in a relevant field of practice, or will have access to one. They will have a relevant first degree or a professional registration in health or social care or an equivalent field. Consideration is given to other graduates, or equivalent, who can demonstrate the relevance of this award to their career development.

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