The intellectual challenge of the MSc has provided me with an excellent education experience, one that makes me thoroughly confident in my abilities as a public health professional.

MSc Public Health student

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    Public health reaches beyond local and national dimensions, people and communities across the world require global solutions.

    The core concept underpinning this Global Public Health course is the examination, analysis and reflection upon complex health determinants in an increasingly globalised world. You will explore the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and public health challenges contributing towards global inequalities. The central aspects of the course include creating an environment for interdisciplinary and interprofessional learning through embedding research and scholarship within the course, enhancing engagement with public health and wider health industry stakeholders and integrating the development of employability skills throughout. The course will use traditional face-to-face learning, combined with an innovative learning approach which will support you within a flexible learning environment.

    Why study Global Public Health?

    The course will provide you with:

    • comprehensive knowledge, understanding and skills to become an effective global health practitioner to pursue your career in public health practice and research at local, national and international levels
    • the support to develop competencies to work in global public health and health service delivery within the NHS, local government, private and charity organisations, international development sector, academia and the wider health and wellbeing economy
    • opportunities to engage with national and international stakeholders within the School and beyond through academic input, knowledge exchange, implementation and research activities
    • the support to explore and find opportunities for paid or unpaid work, which could be aligned with the work-based learning module on the programme;
    • an interdisciplinary learning environment by bringing together graduates from other disciplines and experts from different fields of study and practice
    • opportunities for flexible learning through full-time or part-time study, morning and/or afternoon taught sessions, and face-to-face and an innovative learning approach.

    MSc in Global Public Health is an internationally recognised qualification that will prepare you for a career in public health worldwide.

      All about the course

      The MSc Global Public Health course aims to critically engage you with the theories, principles and practices that contribute to the improvements in global public health. The course will engage with current global health challenges and provide insights into innovative responses to meet these challenges, within the context of a complex global political, cultural, geographical and economic environment to support you to develop competencies to work in global public health and health service delivery within NHS, local government, private and charity organisations, international development sector, academia and wider health and wellbeing economy. The curriculum for this course is rooted in evidence-based research skills and knowledge which will prepare you to become an independent public health professional by providing opportunities to engage in research and scholarship within and beyond the school.

      The content of the course is informed by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the future requirements of the United Kingdom workforce, as outlined in the Department of Health’s draft Workforce Strategy for the Health, and Care Workforce and the Review of the Public Health Workforce. The World Health Organisation has grouped these health-related indicators into the following seven thematic areas:

      • reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health
      • infectious diseases
      • noncommunicable diseases and mental health
      • injuries and violence
      • universal health coverage and health systems
      • environmental risks
      • health risks and disease outbreaks.

      Many of these public health challenges faced today are global public health problems, requiring of global solutions. To achieve the global solutions, it is important to understand the local health determinants or public health challenges in the context of an interconnected global world. This programme will engage with international and national priorities for people’s health and wellbeing highlighted by the World Health Organization, the UK Department of Health and Social Care and others, which are the key drivers behind the UK and global public health workforce strategies.

      Entry requirements

      A relevant first degree.

      Consideration is given to other applicants who have experience of working in the field of practice relevant to their proposed study and a cover letter to demonstrate this.

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

      If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are some exceptions and if the IELTS requirement differs it will be specified on the course page.

      A relevant first degree

      Module information

      Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

      Core/optional modules

      *Modules subject to validation

      How you’ll learn

      The MSc Global Public Health will use blended learning to deliver the sessions that integrates face-to-face teaching with the guided learning on the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The face-to-face taught sessions will be delivered through a range of methods, including interactive lectures involving PowerPoint presentations and practical workshops, seminar discussions, group work, tutorials and independent learning and research. The lectures will make the use of audio-visual material to provide students with vivid sound and visual images and personal stories related to the global health issues. Lectures will introduce students to the basic concepts and key theories underpinning the principles on the subject areas. Prior to each session, students will be expected to complete the session specific guided learning on the VLE.

      As part of independent learning, students will be required to invest time exploring VLE which will provide information on reading, research activities, article reviews, seminar preparation, review of lecture notes and directed study tasks. Students will also be required to demonstrate their engagement through discussion boards on the VLE. Where appropriate and necessary, VLE Collaborate will be used to power learner engagement in addition or as a substitution to face-to-face learning.

      Global Public Health Research Project will involve working substantially on your own, however you will be supported throughout by your project supervisor.

      The Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy for the MSc Global Public Health complies with the University Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015 - 2022 which commits to providing you with an outstanding higher education experience enabling you to be successful both as individuals and as wider members of general society.

      How you’ll be assessed

      The MSc Global Public Health Programme’s Assessment Strategy conforms to the General Regulations for the Conferment of Awards: Regulations for Taught Awards. For each 20-credit module, the assessments are weighted at 4000 words or equivalent. The assessments for the modules will be selected from the following range:

      • Coursework (essays, reflective writing, case study, written report, review/critical review, research project)
      • Oral assessment (group or individual presentations - PowerPoint, Poster, Pecha kucha, Debate, Ted Talk)

      The summative assignments for the modules will be supported by formative tasks, where relevant and appropriate, which addresses the assessment criteria. The feedback received from the formative assignment will support students to complete their summative assignment as well as signpost students to access e-library and study support, where relevant and required.

      Your future career

      The course will develop a more strategic understanding and 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.

      Although the course will not lead to a professional registration, it would support you to develop relevant competencies required by a healthy public health workforce, as set out in the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (PHSKF, 2016), that would be required to gain professional registration with the UK Public Health Registration (UKPHR) and the Faculty of Public Health (FPH).

      Typical areas of employment that you can enter after completing this course are:

      • international development: education programmes, tackling poverty, human rights
      • global public health: supporting sustainable development goals, tackling global health inequalities
      • charity work and non-governmental organisations
      • commissioning public health services
      • public health intelligence and surveillance
      • improving healthy lifestyles (e.g. physical activity, sexual health, smoking cessation, drugs and alcohol, weight management) Housing and environmental health
      • global public health policy and research
      • health services improvement and administration
      • criminal justice system work in prisons and probation
      • undertake further study to pursue career in academia or research.


      Government loans of up to £11,570 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2021. 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.

      2022/23 tuition fees for this course

        UK January 22 UK Sept 22 Overseas January 22 Overseas Sept 22
      Full-time £10,240 £10,355 £14,500* £14,500
      Part-time  N/A N/A N/A N/A

      *An International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500 will be applied to the tuition fees of £14,500 for Jan 2022 entrants.

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      Important Information on Tuition Fees

      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. For further information read the 2022/23 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.


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