Health Studies

MSc Public Health

The public health workforce comprises a diverse range of professionals and the evidence that future national and international governments will continue to support health promotion and public health is overwhelmingly strong, not least because of the economic incentives to prevent ill health.

Public health is at the centre of the government's health agenda and the public health practitioner and post-graduate public health specialist workforce is becoming more cohesive and professionalised every year. The Coalition wants the public health capacity of the whole public health workforce to rise (DH, 2013). In 2008, the NHS Workforce Review identified public health as a key workforce priority and requested that Higher Education Institutions, “... ensure that training in all healthcare professions maintain and increase a strong focus on the development of competencies in public health, including health promotion” (p4). The public health White Paper: Healthy Lives, Healthy People (DH, 2011) and the related Public Workforce Strategy (DH, 2013) emphasise the need to develop quality health and wellbeing services for all ages across the health and social sector that address key lifestyle challenges, health inequalities and the wider determinants of health and wellbeing.

Aims

This MSc Public Health aims to critically engage students with the theories, principles and practices that relate to level 7 and 8 public health competencies (Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (PHRU 2013) Skills for Health: Bristol). Students will also analyse how these translate into their workplace setting.

The Healthy Lives Healthy People White Paper (DH, 2010; 2011) and the Public Health Outcomes framework (2012-2016) (DH, 2012) recognise that the health and wellbeing of the population rests with individuals, local government, NHS, charities/ charities/voluntary sector, business, employers and central government.

The Public Health Outcomes Framework comprises four domains:

  • Improving the wider determinants of health (improvements against wider factors that affect health and wellbeing, and health inequalities)
  • Health Improvement (people are helped to live healthy lifestyles, make healthy choices and reduce health inequalities)
  • Health Protection (the population’s health is protected from major incidents and other threats, while reducing health inequalities)
  • Healthcare public health and preventing premature mortality (reduced numbers of people living with preventable ill health and people dying prematurely, while reducing the gap between communities)

This MSc Public Health addresses all four domains, and its learning outcomes are informed by the UK Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (PHRU/Skills for Health/PHORCaST, 2013) as well the International Union of Health Promotion and Education: CompHP Professional Standards for Health Promotion (Speller et al, 2012).

This Masters level course is for health professionals, probably working in the NHS, local government and academic departments, who wish to advance their career prospects.

By following this MSc you'll be choosing a course which is distinguished by a significant health promotion content, and responds to the developing public health agenda under Public Health England. This is achieved by enabling a range of students from different disciplines and professions to critically analyse theory, research, policy and legislation; advance scholarship and develop practice.

Generic compulsory modules (offered to both MSc Public Health and MSc Health & Wellbeing)

  • Promoting Health & Wellbeing
  • Research Approaches and Methods (if wishing to be awarded the MSc, you must undertake the Research Approaches and Methods module in preparation for your dissertation).

Compulsory modules

  • Principles of Public Health
  • Essentials of Epidemiology
  • Social Aspects of Health

Optional modules

  • Community Development *
  • Global Public Health *
  • Modules within MSc Health & Wellbeing (including Negotiated Learning module which allows you to develop specialist knowledge on an individually negotiated topic of particular interestor or relevance to your work)
  • A module offered at another European University (subject to this being organised by the Erasmus programme)

* The two public health optional modules: Community Development and Global Public Health will only run if they attract a viable number of students. You can choose other modules from the MSc Health and Wellbeing in their place to gain sufficient credits.

The course enables students who have previously had a clinical focus to broaden their knowledge and expertise or retrain in public health. The modules are mapped against the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (PHRU/Skills for Health/ PHORCaST 2013) so you will be meeting the 'know- hows' of the framework in preparation for developing your competencies once in employment and applying for registration.

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Essays, reports, presentations and dissertation.

UK candidates apply on the standard university application form obtainable from our Postgraduate taught web pages.

Alternatively from the Programme Administrator, Sara Church

Tel: 01227 782364

Email: postregandfd-admin@canterbury.ac.uk

For further details, contact the Programme Director, Friday Adejo

Email: friday.adejo@canterbury.ac.uk

Available awards

There are three exit points; Postgraduate Certificate Public Health, Postgraduate Diploma Public Health and MSc Public Health.

To be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate Public Health you must complete three modules totalling 60 credits at level 7. These must include the generic compulsory module Promoting Health and Wellbeing, the compulsory module 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 the generic compulsory module Promoting Health and Wellbeing; the three compulsory modules Public Health module; Essentials of Epidemiology module 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 the compulsory generic module Promoting Health & Wellbeing; the three compulsory public health modules: Public Health, Essentials of Epidemiology and Social Aspects of Health; Research Approaches and Methods and a 40 or 60 credit dissertation project.

Attendance

The course starts in September each year at the Canterbury campus, although it is envisaged that the Research Approaches and Methods module will run in semester 1 at Medway Campus and semester 2 at Canterbury Campus. Full-time is minimally 1 year. Part-time study is available to UK students, minimally 2 years duration. Each module is normally delivered over 8 days from 10am - 4pm.

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Length

  • 1 year full-time
    2 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 be working in the field of practice relevant to their proposed study or have sufficient access to it to support their studies if, for example, they are European or international students. Consideration is given to other graduates or non professionally- registered specialists, who can demonstrate the relevance of the award to their professional and career development.

Location

School

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