Health Studies

MSc Public Health

Year of entry

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.

You will learn through a variety of different approaches, including lectures, seminars and workshops, as well as self-directed study. Your final dissertation will involve working substantially on your own, however you will be supported throughout by your dissertation supervisor.

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

Fees

2017/18 tuition fees for this course

Fee per moduleUK/EUOverseas
Full-time N/A £1390**: indicative 2017 fees, yet to be confirmed
Part-time £755: indicative 2017 fees, yet to be confirmed N/A

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. The increase will reflect cost inflation in the University. Any inflationary increase will be no more than 3.5% for each year of your study. The increase will be calculated on the previous year’s tuition fees and not the tuition fees at the start of the course. The University aims to publish the tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year on the University’s website by 31st July 2017.

Government loans of up to £10,000 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2017. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria. 

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948

Read more about postgraduate masters student loans.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

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 are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

The deadline for applications is July 2017

For further information, please contact the programme administrator:

Tel: 01227 782418

Email: sara.church@canterbury.ac.uk

For further details, please contact Dr Simon Bishop

Email: simon.bishop@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 sciences or a professional registration to practice in health and/or social care or equivalent.

    Consideration is given to other graduates who can demonstrate the relevance of this award to their career development.

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

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

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