Health Studies

MSc GLOBAL Public Health 

Year of entry

Public Health studies now reach beyond local and national dimensions, people and communities across the world require global solutions. The MSc Global Public Health course follows the tagline ‘think global, act local’ and responds to the UK public health agenda within the global public health context. As a student on this programme, you will join students from diverse academic and professional backgrounds to take an interdisciplinary approach to studying global public health, which will inform your knowledge and understanding about complex factors operating at local, national and international levels affecting the health and wellbeing of the population locally and globally. 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 blended learning approach;

The content of the course is informed by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 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 (HEE, 2017) and the Review of the Public Health Workforce (PHE, 2017). The World Health Organisation (WHO) 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 global solutions. To achieve these 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. This programme will support you to develop the competencies to work in health policy and health service delivery at local, national and international levels, and within NHS, local government, NGOs, charity organisations, the international development sector, academic institutions and wider health and wellbeing economy.

The central aspects of the course include creating an environment for interdisciplinary and interprofessional learning through embedding research and scholarship within the programme, enhancing engagement with public health and wider health industry stakeholders and integrating the development of employability skills throughout the course. The course will use traditional face-to-face learning and combine it with an innovative blended learning approach which will have potential to support you for flexible learning.

This course is for national and international students interested in pursuing a career in Global Public Health and Health Promotion.

The entry requirements for the MSc Global Public Health are in line with standard University entry requirements for national and international postgraduate taught students, which are outlined in the University Admissions Policy.

Applicants should normally possess:

  • 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.

The course provides flexible opportunities to study full-time or part-time (Day or afternoon).

All modules are 20 credits at level 7

Compulsory modules

  • Global Health and Sustainable Development Goals 
  • Evidence Based Global Public Health 
  • Essentials of Global Epidemiology
  • Health Promotion: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally

Optional modules

  • Environment, Health and Sustainable Development 
  • Global Healthcare Systems: Policy and Practice
  • Migration, Culture and Health 
  • Work-Based Learning 
  • A module from another postgraduate programme 

Dissertation

  • 40 credit Global Public Health Research Project OR
  • 60 credit Global Public Health Research Project

The three optional modules - Migration, culture and Health; Global Healthcare Systems: Policy and Practice; Environment, Health and Sustainable Development - will only run if they attract a viable number of students. On most occasions, only two of these three optional modules will run in a year.

The work-based learning module will be available to full-time students in term three and it will mean the global public health research project will be equivalent to 40-credits. Full-time students are expected to complete their studies in one year, studying 60-credits each term.

Normally, you will start in September, and the order of your modules will be dependent on whether you are studying in the afternoon, morning or full-time. 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.

The course 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.

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 programme 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 Organizations
  • 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 

The MSc Global Public Health programme 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.

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. 

Fees

2020/21 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time  £7,970  £13,000
Part-time  £3,985  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. For further information read the 2020/21 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Government loans of up to £11,222 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2020. 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

 

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

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for 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. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for 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. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.

Apply Direct / Part-time study

Location Length Start  
MSc Global Public Health apply
CCCU Blended Learning Canterbury Campus 1 year full-time September 2020
MSc Global Public Health apply
CCCU Blended Learning Canterbury Campus 2 years part-time September 2020

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online.

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UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

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

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.

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