Public Health MSc

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Course options

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  • MSc Public Health , home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 10440 Per year
  • MSc Public Health , home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time, 2 years
    • Pound 1740 Per 30 Credit Module
  • MSc Public Health , international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 16440 Per year

Course modules

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Public Health Theory and Policy

Principles and Methods of Epidemiology

Research Methods in Public Health

Behaviour Change and Health Promotion

Global Health

Health Economics

Leadership in Public Health (Mental Wealth)

Public Health Ethics and Law

Public Health Project

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

Your future career

This unusual and carefully tailored course will help you progress your career - by developing your research skills and enhancing your managerial abilities. It will also encourage you to think broadly.

For example, while you are treating someone with an obvious ailment such as a broken arm, you might consider whether there are underlying mental health issues that brought about the injury.

This aligns with the growing emphasis in the healthcare sector on the integration of healthcare services to meet complex health needs. 

The MSc Public Health course offers you enhanced employability prospects within the public health sector. This may involve working as a public health specialist or as a practitioner within the directorates of public health in NHS Foundation Trusts or Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Our graduates have returned to careers within NHS or other healthcare sectors with the skills required to take up new levels of responsibility. After completing this course you will be well placed to advance to senior roles, such as director of public health.

"We've got an NHS at the moment that's going through enormous changes," says Dr Matthew Almond, Field Leader in Health Studies.

"What people need is a workforce that understands the need to be resilient, that understands service design and transformation and understands there are processes involved in transforming a service like the NHS - and that until the process is mature, there are going to be problems."

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

Josephine Baardi Case Study
I volunteered with Well London as a student and the work I did was invaluable in helping me know what to do on my first internship in Nigeria. It gave me the knowledge and experience I needed."
Josephine Bardi

Public Health MSc

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

Our dedicated and award-winning team provide you with careers and employability resources, including:

  • Online jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work.
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services 
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme which issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you’ve mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

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We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship support 
  • We are ranked 6th for graduate start-ups 
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations 
  • Support in starting a new business, freelancing and self-employment 
  • London on our doorstep

What you'll learn

This course is designed to give you a systematic understanding of your specialist field of public health, taking in the most up-to-the-minute research. You will gain a comprehensive range of techniques applicable to your own research.

You will also gain a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge, developing a range of transferable skills essential to a career in public health.

The course as a whole is based on the principles of the multi-dimensional nature of health.

You will complete a dissertation, and four core modules - 

  • Research and Epidemiology for Health Professionals

  • Public Health: Theory and Practice

  • Public Health: Policy and Strategy and 

  • Health Promotion: Theory and Practice.

Your dissertation is a self-directed, semi-taught, core module of independent research and is undertaken with the guidance of a supervisor and supported by group sessions with the module leader.

We consistently review and develop our courses and modules to ensure they are up-to-date with sector and industry graduate skills demands. Course structure, modules, and options are subject to change.

How you'll learn

The modules offer strong underlying knowledge and skills development. This emphasis supports you to relate theory to practice in a classroom setting, in all module components, and in the dissertation. 

We consider employability to be a crucial element in the knowledge gained and skills assessed in each module. The course will enable you to deal with complex issues within your workplace and display sound judgment, personal responsibility, and initiative. 

You might be working with nurses, podiatrists, or speech therapists. They might be from the UK or elsewhere. The interdisciplinary nature of the course gives you the opportunity to work and learn with peers from different cultural and professional backgrounds.

Recently, UEL MSc students carried out a 'Small c' campaign, running a cancer awareness programme at a nearby shopping mall in Stratford. Such 'learning by doing' initiatives engage with local people and provide valuable work experience for students to include in their CVs.

You may also have the opportunity to work on one of our research programmes.

How you will be assessed

We use a variety of assessment procedures, including unseen exams, essays and presentations as well as peer and self-assessment. Each taught module will be assessed and the various forms of assessment are outlined in the module guide. The assignments are also designed so that you can pursue your interests and specialist areas of practice.

Campus and facilities

Water Lane, Stratford