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
  • Principles of public health practice including health protection
  • Social and cultural determinants of health and inequalities in health
  • Communicable and non-communicable disease in local and global context
  • 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
  • Globalisation and Health
  • 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 national and international students interested in pursuing a career in public health and health promotion.

"The programme as a whole has also broadened my skills in searching various data bases and to be able to evaluate the quality of research … I would not have missed this learning experience for the world!"

MSc Public Health student

"The culture of the academic community at CCCU is wonderful. 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

This course is for those who wish to study:

  • Part-time afternoon
  • 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.

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.

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 Methods

Optional modules

  • Community Development OR
  • Global Public Health OR
  • A module from MSc Health and Wellbeing such as Leadership: Advancing Innovation, Transforming Healthcare 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 afternoon, the day or both. The timetable is normally available by Spring of the preceding academic year.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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

  • Commissioning public health services
  • Public health intelligence and surveillance
  • Health trainer
  • Project management: bid writing, community engagement and empowerment
  • Health policy and electoral reform
  • Health research
  • Communicating health information through social marketing and health-related media
  • Health services improvement and administration
  • Criminal justice system work in prisons and probation
  • Housing support, welfare and citizen’s advice
  • International development and global health: education programmes, tackling poverty, human rights
  • Charity work: fundraising, improving life-chances for vulnerable people and those with disabilities
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Undertake further study to become a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
  • Improving healthy lifestyles (e.g. physical activity, sexual health, smoking cessation, drugs and alcohol, weight management)
  • Town planning, urban development and regeneration, healthy places
  • Health protection, health improvement, environmental health, health and safety officer, risk management, emergency planning
  • Occupational health – workplace health and wellbeing, human resources
  • Coaching, mentoring, counselling, supporting people with mental health issues, youth support work
  • Leisure industry
  • Food sustainability, pollution reduction, climate change
  • Teaching and the wider education sector
  • Civil service

For further information about careers in public health, please read the following document, ‘Rethinking the Public Health Workforce’.

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

2019/20 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time £7,700 £13,365
Part-time £855 per module £1,485 per module

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University are eligible for a 20% discount on this course, subject to terms and conditions.

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 2019/20 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Government loans of up to £10,906 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2018. 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

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
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.

Applications for this course can be completed online.

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

For further information, please contact the programme administrator:

Tel: 01227 922418

Email: canterbury-healthadmin@canterbury.ac.uk

For further details, please contact programme director, Dr Rajeeb Sah

Email:  rajeeb.sah@canterbury.ac.uk

Modules are taught at the Canterbury campus. 

Afternoon modules are normally taught 3pm to 7pm over 10 weeks.

Day modules are normally taught 11am to 3pm over 10 weeks

Full time students will attend day and afternoon modules

Individual supervision is provided for the Dissertation

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

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

Entry requirements

  • A relevant first degree at 2.2 or above 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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