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Gain the knowledge and skills you need for a public health career worldwide. From epidemiological research to addiction and disease, policy-making to service commissioning, this course covers the key concepts.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure for the full-time course in Cambridge or Chelmsford, or the part-time course in Cambridge or Chelmsford.
SARS and Ebola, health inequality, debate about health service restructuring and provision: public health is constantly in the news – and this course will equip you to meet the challenges.
You could be working in a public health-related role already or are ambitious to enter the field. In either case you’ll find a wealth of valuable content here, taught by expert tutors and researchers.
Our course takes a modern approach to public health, by directly addressing the social, economic, political and other factors that influence population health and well-being.
The taught aspects explore the field both globally and locally and are applicable to any country or health system. You’ll learn how to apply advanced theory and techniques to practical scenarios.
Your programme will culminate in planning, researching and writing your Masters project. This can be research or work-based, focusing on your areas of particular interest.
Whether you want to work in local public services or for a global non-governmental organisation, we’ll provide you with valuable knowledge and skills.
In fact this is ideal academic and career development for anyone in any capacity where public health and well-being is a consideration.
MODULES & ASSESSMENT
Addictions and Communicable Disease ManagementDevelop skills for presenting detailed clinical information on particular conditions. During this module you’ll develop a critical understanding of two contrasting types of widespread forms of public health challenge: those presented by addictions (alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, food etc) and the public health issues associated with infectious disease management within the UK, Europe and globally. The social, economic, cultural and political determinants affecting the health and wellbeing of populations around the world in relation to addictions and infections will be addressed. Critical comparisons will be made between developed and developing world strategies, the influence of multinational markets, pandemic and epidemic management, and central and local initiatives.
Essential Issues in Public Health PolicyDuring this module you will develop a critical understanding of public health. You will be encouraged to engage in critical debate using historical and theoretical perspectives to examine major public health issues and policy developments. You will be encouraged to draw on and share your own experience to inform your understanding of contemporary public health. Emphasis will be placed on collaborative working in evaluating current policies and practices, as well as in generating new ideas. Social inequalities, particularly the widening health gap, are a key theme in developing and developed nations. You will have the opportunity to apply generalised knowledge to specific areas of public health policy and practice, and to reflect critically on the implications of policy interventions across disciplines and agencies.
Epidemiological Research MethodsLearn about the statistical and research techniques to manage the gathering, presentation and interpretation of public health data. Epidemiology is an underlying feature of all our course modules, but this module will provide the practical skills needed to interpret data, the opportunity to explore and review the research process (research protocols, literature review, design, methodology and presentation of findings) and the skills to evaluate public health research data.
Strategic Management and CommissioningHere, you will become familiarised with the planning and types of various community assessment methods that inform priority-setting and equable service provision. The module will introduce the principles and methods of partnership working, leadership and change management. It’ll offer you the opportunity to develop leadership skills within an inter-professional context in order to achieve public health improvement. It’s aimed at developing skills in carrying out population needs-assessments and setting local priorities and commissioning in health, local government and third-sector services. These skills can be extrapolated to countries outside the European Union. This module is multidisciplinary in content, drawing on sociological, behavioural, psychological and contemporary public health perspectives with students from various disciplines sharing practical applied experience.
Major ProjectThe Major Project is of central importance to your Masters award. You’ll be expected to bring together aspects of learning from previous modules as well as using that learning as the basis for planning, conducting and writing a research or work-based project.
To graduate you need to demonstrate that you’ve a sound understanding of the theory you’ve learnt and the ability to apply it. We’ve designed coursework and assessment with this in mind. You’ll be assessed through essays, reports, case studies, data analysis, patchwork text, a portfolio and your Masters project.
Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.