POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE, POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA AND MASTERS BY DISTANCE LEARNING
This course is accredited by the Agency for Accreditation of Public Health Education in the European Region (APHEA) which is the accreditation body of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER).
The MSc in Public Health provides the knowledge and skills necessary to address diverse global public health issues. The course covers promoting health and prevention of diseases; the provision and evaluation of treatment and care; and the investigation and control of environmental threats to health. The emphasis is on the use, development and evaluation of conceptual models, methods of analysis, and practical, effective interventions.
Courses draw on a wide range of health and social science disciplines. They are interactive, using exercises that build on the personal experience of participants. Students can choose a more general course or specialise in one of the following four areas:
- Public Health (General)
- Public Health (Environment and Health)
- Public Health (Health Promotion)
- Public Health (Health Services Management)
Applicants come from diverse backgrounds. Many are health professionals working at a service or policy level, while others wish to obtain public health skills that they can apply to their work in development, community services, government, research or teaching.
- the knowledge and skills to contribute to the health of populations, communities and disadvantaged groups
- the ability to apply the core disciplines of public health (statistics, epidemiology, health economics and social research) to real world health problems
- a deeper understanding of public health issues and an academic qualification that will enhance your career development in health-related fields
For a more detailed breakdown of how elements of the courses support and achieve learning objectives see the Programme Specification (PDF)
- a web-based learning environment (including web conferencing, allowing you to engage in academic discussions with tutors and fellow students)
- personalised feedback from teaching staff and advice on assignments
- communicate with other distance learning students, either individually or through learning support groups.
|You study||Study period||Cost (2013-2014)|
|MSc||EITHER 14 modules OR 11 modules plus a project report||2-5 years||£11,650|
|Postgraduate Diploma||10 modules||2-5 years||£9,200|
|Postgraduate Certificate||6 modules||1-5 years||£6,775|
|Individual modules||Studying individual modules is an ideal option if you wish to update your professional knowledge or sample the programme. The fee per individual module (core PHM1 modules) is £1,130 but for elective modules it is £1,695.|
Postgraduate Certificate: 6 modules (4 compulsory core modules + 2 further PHM1 modules)
Postgraduate Diploma: 10 modules (4 compulsory core modules + 2 further PHM1 modules + 4 elective modules)
MSc: 14 modules OR 11 modules and a project report (4 compulsory core modules + 1 stream-specific PHM1 module + 1 further PHM1 module + 1 stream-specific PHM2 module + EITHER 7 elective modules OR 4 elective modules and a project report)
For the Diploma: At least 2 modules must be taken from the selection group PHM2. The remaining modules can be chosen from the selection groups listed below.
For the MSc: At least 4 of the elective modules must be taken from the selection group PHM2 (including the stream-specific compulsory module). The remainder can be chosen from the selection groups listed below.
The Postgraduate Certificate
The Certificate comprises the four core modules which are also common to the Diploma and MSc courses:
- PHM101 Basic Epidemiology
- PHM102 Basic Statistics for Public Health and Policy
- PHM103 Introduction to Health Economics
- PHM104 Principles of Social Research
All students take two additional PHM1 modules, selected from:
The Postgraduate Diploma
To complete the Postgraduate Diploma, four elective modules (in addition to the four core modules and two further modules) must be studied. At least two of these (three are recommended) must be taken from the PHM2 list below.
The Masters Degree (MSc)
Students registered for the General stream must select eight modules from the list below OR complete five from the list (of which at least four must be PHM2 modules) and a final year project.
Students registered for a specialised stream (Health Promotion, Environment and Health or Health Services Management) must select seven modules from the list below in addition to the stream-specific compulsory PHM2 module OR complete four from the list (of which at least three must be PHM2 modules), the stream-specific compulsory PHM2 module, and a final year project.
Note that restrictions and pre-requisites may apply to some of the modules below. Not all modules will be available every year.
- PHM201 Analytical Models for Decision Making
- PHM202 Communicable Disease Control
- PHM203 Economic Analysis for Management & Policy
- PHM204 Economic Evaluation
- PHM205 Environmental Epidemiology
- PHM206 Environmental Health Policy
- PHM207 Health Care Evaluation
- PHM208 Financial Management
- PHM209 Globalisation & Health
- PHM210 Managing Health Services
- PHM211 Medical Anthropology in Public Health
- PHM212 Organisational Management
- PHM213 Principles and Practice of Health Promotion
- PHM214 Conflict and Health
- PHM215 History and Health
- PHM216 Sexual Health
- PHM305 Project Report
- IDM201 Bacterial Infections
- IDM202 Nutrition and Infection
- IDM203 Parasitology
- IDM205 Healthcare-associated Infection
- IDM210 Water and Sanitation
- IDM213 Immunology of Infection and Vaccines
- IDM301 Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases in Developing Countries
- IDM501 HIV/AIDS
- IDM502 Tuberculosis
- IDM503 Malaria
All MSc students have the option to apply to undertake a project report specific to their chosen stream, which is equivalent to three module credits.
Combining DL studies with studies at the School - "blended learning" study
Method of assessment
All distance learning modules are assessed by means of a two-hour unseen written examination (with 15 minutes planning/reading time at the start of the examination).
PHM2 modules and elective modules from the other distance learning courses - EPM2, IDM2, IDM3 and IDM5 modules - are assessed partly by the two-hour unseen written examination (70%) and partly by an assessed assignment (30%), submitted electronically to the School by a set deadline.
Examinations take place once a year in June (please note: it is not possible to hold examinations at other times of year). These are normally held in a student’s country of residence: please click here to view details of the examination centres available. They are arranged mainly through Ministries of Education or the British Council. Students taking distance learning examinations will need to pay a fee to their local examination centre. Please note that if you fail an examination at the first entry you will be allowed one further attempt, if you have failed the module overall.
Credits will be awarded for all elements successfully completed: 10 credits for each PHM1 module; 15 credits for PHM elective modules; and 45 credits for the project option. To successfully pass an award, the following credits must be gained:
Postgraduate Certificate – 60 credits
Postgraduate Diploma – 120 credits
MSc – 180 credits
How you study
You study independently, at a time and pace that suits you (subject to some course-specific deadlines), using the comprehensive study materials provided, with learning support from our academic staff. The academic year runs from the beginning of October through to the June exams, during which time tutorial support is available. Students carrying out projects are assigned personal supervisors to support their project work throughout the summer. Deadlines for submission of coursework vary per course but are usually in March, May, August and September.
You receive your study materials after you register. Study materials may include Subject guides, Readers, Textbooks, CD-ROMs/additional computer software (e.g. Stata), Past examination papers and Examiners’ reports, and Handbooks. You also have access to the school’s online library resources.
An undergraduate degree (e.g. bachelor) which is considered at least comparable to a UK second class honours degree, from an institution acceptable to the University, in one of the following subjects (and a minimum of one year’s relevant work experience): Water and Sanitation, Development Studies, Human Rights, Environmental Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Geography or Demography.
An undergraduate degree not listed above may still be considered provided this has been awarded in a subject deemed appropriate to the course and is at least comparable to a UK second class honours degree, from an institution acceptable to the University (and a minimum of one year’s relevant work experience).
Applicants who do not satisfy the above requirements may still be admitted at the discretion of the University on the basis of their academic qualifications, work experience and references.
For awards at FHEQ level 7, students must provide satisfactory evidence showing that they have passed within the previous three years a test of proficiency in English at the following minimum level:
- IELTS with an overall average of at least 7 with a minimum of 7 in written sub-test, or
- TOEFL score of 600 (or 250 in the computerised test) and a minimum of 5 in the TWE, or
- A British Council (IELTS) overall score of 7 or over with a minimum of 7 in the written sub-test, or
- TOEFL iBT with a minimum overall score of 100 including a minimum score of 24 in the test of written English taken within the last 3 years.
Where an applicant does not meet the prescribed English language proficiency requirements but believes they can demonstrate the requisite proficiency for admission the University may, at its discretion, consider the application.
Online access and general computer requirements:
Supported Browsers include:
- Internet Explorer 7+
- Firefox 5+
- Chrome 13+
Screen resolution (recommended)
1024 x 768 or greater
Application for Study by Distance Learning
The School's distance learning courses are run in collaboration with the University of London International Programmes. For the distance learning courses applications must be made online to the University of London International Programmes.
Need help with completing your application online? Please check the "How to Apply" section of the University of London website.
If you have any enquiries, please submit your questions online to the University of London International Programmes. Alternatively, please contact:
The Information Centre, University of London, Stewart House, 32 Russell Square, London,
WC1B 5DN, UK.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7862 8360/8361/8362
Fax: +44 (0)20 7862 8358
Summary of key dates
Start of the course
Examinations (take place the following year after registration)