The MSc Public Health creates professionals who can lead and implement change in public health across the world stage.
It was designed in consultation with Public Health Wales and supports the development of public health practitioners through enabling them to negotiate, plan, implement and evaluate policy and practice initiatives.
The Public Health Masters recognises that health challenges can be more global than a single country’s population but that local policy and regulation responses will vary from country to country.
Modules include relevant theoretical and ethical concepts to encourage students to reflect critically on questions and decisions that arise in the field of public health.
At the end of the course, students will develop as responsive professionals who can negotiate, plan, implement and evaluate public health policy and practice.
The Public Health course is structured through the academic year, and students can start the course in either September or February. Each 20 credit module has seven weeks of teaching which runs 10.00-3.00, with assessment to complete after the teaching has concluded. You will need to study nine modules (180 credits) to achieve the MSc Public Health.
Between September to February students will complete Leading Change, Protecting Health in Diverse Environments, Governance and Economics and Integrating Public Health Practice. Between February and August students will complete Sustainable Public Health, Evidence Based Public Health, Public Health Project, Health Promotion and one optional module (International Family Health or Epidemiology and Biostatistics).
As a full time student you will be on campus for two days a week apart from when you are studying your optional module, which is three days a week. Part time students will be on campus one day a week. Students also have the opportunity to utilise practical health promotion skills with on campus health promotion activities around a number of health awareness days e.g. Worlds HIV Day. Students staff health promotion stands, develop materials and programmes for dissemination to USW students on other campuses.
You will study the following modules:
- Sustainable Public Health
- Health Promotion
- Evidence Based Public Health
- Protecting Health in Diverse Environments
- Integrating Public Health Practice (a skills based module)
- Leading Change
- Governance and Economics for Public Health
- Public Health Project
You will also choose one optional module from the following: Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Public Health or International Family Health.
This Public Health course opens up a variety of employment opportunities in the UK and internationally, and across the public and voluntary sectors, e.g, in schools, colleges and universities, advocacy organisations, international non-government organisations, consulting firms, local and national government organisations, health delivery organisations and community development organisations.
There is also opportunity to work in global organisations such as the World Health Organisation.
Please note, the MSc Public Health does not lead to registration on any professional register but can contribute towards preparation for Part A of the Faculty of Public Health examinations.