Health Studies

MSc Public Health

Year of entry

We are currently designing a new programme to start in September 2020. Details will be available soon.

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 2020/21 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
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.

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.

Apply Direct / Part-time study

Location Length Start  
MSc Public Health apply
Canterbury 1 year full-time September 2020
MSc Public Health apply
Canterbury 2 years part-time September 2020
Postgraduate Certificate Public Health apply
Canterbury 1 year part-time September 2020
Postgraduate Certificate Public Health apply
Canterbury 1 year part-time January 2021

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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