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MSc Public Health

Health Economics stream

Overview

By the end of this stream students should be able to demonstrate ability to apply knowledge of the core disciplines of public health, consisting of statistics; epidemiology; health economics; and social research, to real health problems.

Overview - Public Health (Health Economics stream)
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The stream is aimed at anyone - with or without any previous training in economics - who is interested in working as a health economist in an academic or professional capacity across high-, middle- and low-income countries. Find out more about our graduate careers and destinations.

Duration: one year full-time; half-time or split-study over two years. Ways to study explained.

Public Health

Description

Watch Programme Directors and students talk about the programme.

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Cameron Wright, Australia
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Cameron Wright, Australia
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"This stream highlighted the difficulty in achieving a balance between conducting economic evaluations that are methodologically sound and producing an output that is understandable to health decision makers."

Objectives
Objectives
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By the end of this stream students should be able to demonstrate ability to apply knowledge of the core disciplines of public health, consisting of statistics; epidemiology; health economics; and social research, to real health problems. In addition, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the principles and methods of economic evaluation
  • demonstrate advanced knowledge of health economic methods applied to health policy or decision analysis
  • identify, assess and critically synthesise relevant evidence from health economic research literature
  • select and apply appropriate, ethical and feasible study designs to answer questions in health care and health economic research
  • show competence, both written and verbal, in communicating research evidence
Structure
Structure - Public Health (Health Economics stream)
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The below structure outlines the proposed modules for this programme. Module specifications provide full details about the aims and objectives of each module, what you will study and how the module is assessed.

Term 1

Students complete the Public Health common core, consisting of four compulsory modules:

  • Basic Statistics for Public Health & Policy
  • Basic Epidemiology
  • Introduction for Health Economics
  • Principles of Social Research

Students also take two additional modules, selected from the following:

  • Environment, Health & Sustainable Development
  • Health Policy, Process & Power
  • Health Promotion Theory
  • Health Services
  • Issues in Public Health

Terms 2 and 3

Students take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). The list below shows recommended modules. There are other modules which may be taken only after consultation with the Course Directors.

*Recommended modules

Slot 1

  • Economic Evaluation (compulsory)

Slot 2

  • Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies*
  • Health Systems*
  • Statistical Methods in Epidemiology*

Slot 3

  • Economic Analysis for Health Policy (compulsory)

Slot 4

  • Analytical Models for Decision Making*
  • Reviewing the Literature*

Slot 5

  • Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology*
  • Proposal Development*

By arrangement, students may be able to substitute specified Distance Learning modules for up to two modules in certain timetable slots. Any such substitutions will need to be discussed with the Programme Directors.

Project Report

Students prepare a project report during the summer months (July - August), for submission by early September.

Titles of some recent summer projects completed by students on this MSc

Entry requirements
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The normal minimum entry requirements for the MSc Public Health are:

  • An upper second class honours degree (2:1) from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
  • Work experience: preference will be given to applicants with relevant work experience, this includes both paid and voluntary work, internships etc.
  • Additional requirement: applicants for the MSc Public Health (all streams) will need to provide some evidence of ability in mathematics, post-16 year education. This could include:
    • "A" level or a higher school certificate,
    • a module within an undergraduate degree (such as quantitative methods, epidemiology or statistics)
    • statistics studied as part of a general research methods course.

Any student who does not meet the minimum academic entry requirement above but who has significant relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission.

Admissions FAQs

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to meet these requirements: Band B

Please see our English Language Requirements FAQs for information

Intercalating students

You will need a Bachelor's degree or equivalent to undertake this MSc. This usually means you  have a BSc or have completed the first three years of your medical degree. More information on intercalating an MSc at the School.

Fees & funding
Fees 2019/20 - Masters (London)
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Fees 2019/20    
Home Full-time £9,980
  Part-time £4,990
Overseas Full-time £23,050
  Part-time £11,525
How to apply
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Applications should be made to the MSc Public Health in the first instance.

Applications should be made online. Paper application forms are available upon request and will normally incur an administration fee of £50. You must send a copy of the personal details and photograph page of your passport with all paper applications. Your application will not be considered until you have provided the above documents.

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Application deadlines

All applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure availability of a place and a timely decision on their application. This is particularly important for applicants with sponsorship deadlines.

The final closing date for taught Master’s applications is as follows:

  • 2 August 2019 by 23:59 British Summer Time (BST) for international applicants requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa, and
  • 23 August 2019 by 23:59 British Summer Time (BST) for applicants not requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa.
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Do you need a visa?

EEA Nationals

If you have EU nationality or you are from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you do not need immigration permission to come to the UK. You can enter, study and work in the UK without restriction. If you have dual nationality, and you choose to come to the UK using your EEA or Swiss passport, you do not need immigration permission.

For useful guidance on EEA nationals in the UK, go to the UKCISA website.

Students from outside the EEA

All non-EEA nationals who want to study in the UK must hold immigration permission that allows you to study in the UK.

If you are coming to the School to study on a full time degree programme and you have no other immigration permission for the UK, you will need to apply for a Tier 4 Student visa. You can only apply for Tier 4 when your offer at the School is unconditional.

If you already hold a Tier 4 visa for a different institution, you will probably have to apply for a Tier 4 visa for the School before you can start studying with us.

Still unsure on whether you need a visa?