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This stream draws on a wide range of disciplines that enable students to develop knowledge, understanding and capability in various scientific methods and fields of study relevant to health services research. It is aimed at those who plan a career in this field from high-, middle- and low-income countries.
Graduates from this stream go on to pursue careers in research (including further study at doctoral levels) and in health services, government ministries and non-governmental organisations. 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.
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"Modules, lectures, practicals and assessments are structured so they not only teach the necessary content and information, but also force you to think critically and apply the information learned to solve real public health problems."
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:
- understand the strengths and weaknesses of different study designs
- identify, assess and synthesise evidence from research literature
- select and apply appropriate, ethical and feasible study designs to answer questions in health services and health systems research
- show competence in critically evaluating and communicating research evidence
- understand the relationship between research evidence and policy/practice
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
In addition, students intending to follow this stream must take Health Services. The remaining module can be selected from:
- Environment, Health & Sustainable Development
- Health Promotion Theory
- Health Policy, Process & Power
- 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.
- Economic Evaluation*
- Health Care Evaluation*
- Sociological Approaches to Health*
- Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
- Designing Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries
- Epidemiology & Control of Malaria
- Health Promotion Approaches and Methods
- Research Design & Analysis
- Study Design: Writing a Study Proposal
- Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies*
- Health Systems*
- History & Health*
- Qualitative Methodologies*
- Statistical Methods in Epidemology*
- Conflict & Health
- Family Planning Programmes
- Population, Poverty and Environment
- Economic Analysis for Health Policy*
- Medical Anthropology and Public Health*
- Applied Communicable Disease Control
- Current Issues in Maternal & Perinatal Health
- Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases
- Evaluation of Public Health Interventions
- Modelling & the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases
- Organisational Management
- Social Epidemiology
- Reviewing the Literature (compulsory)
Proposal Development (compulsory)
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.
Students prepare a project report during the summer months (July - August), for submission by early September.
Changes to the course
The School will seek to deliver this course in accordance with the description set out in this course page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for the School to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. For further information, please see our page on changes to courses.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Do you need a visa?
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.