Outbreaks of infectious diseases such as Zika and Ebola, alongside increased concerns regarding antibiotic resistance, highlight the need for professionals who fully understand the role of microorganisms in public health in order to respond to such threats.
The Microbiology in Public Health master’s degree studies the role of microorganisms in health and disease. It focuses on the science of microorganisms and the range of strategies employed for public health protection, including epidemiology, public health intelligence, vaccination, antimicrobial chemotherapy, diagnostic microbiology and outbreak investigation. It will take you beyond studying microorganisms as causes of infection and how they can be detected and controlled to how epidemiology and intelligence can inform public health protection.
Why choose this course?
- Study microorganisms that impact on health and disease focusing on applications, including diagnosis, epidemiology and control of infectious disease
- Explore how the developments in molecular biology and genome sequencing have altered diagnosis of infectious disease and impacted on outbreak investigation and management.
- Learn about current practice and new developments in vaccines and antimicrobial chemotherapy and consider the challenges faced by efforts to eradicate specific infectious disease.
- Gain practical experience in laboratory techniques and data analysis and be encouraged to think about their wider significance.
- Challenge yourself by undertaking a microbiology research project or public health dissertation (depending on your specific interests), enabling you to consider a particular topic in detail and develop key transferable skills in research and scientific writing.
- Benefit from a course that prepares your for a career in pharmaceutical or biotechnological industries, or health-related industries, including the NHS and Public Health, as well as academic research.
In addition to developing your specialist knowledge and understanding, there is a pervasive emphasis on developing your approach and attitude to work by emphasising and encouraging the professional standards expected by employers. You will be exposed to guest lectures delivered by professionals from relevant industries, giving students an insight into what work in such employment involves.
The University also has a programme of seminars and workshops designed to help you recognise and boost the attributes expected and appreciated by employers. This is supplemented by course specific workplace visits as opportunities arise.
The University also has an optional programme of internal and external internships that provide excellent opportunities to gain additional work experience. The non-course specific nature of such internships provides an opportunity for selected students to broaden their perspective of employment.