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Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Health Promotion Environmental Health (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Course Overview

Do you want to develop an in- depth understanding of the concepts of national and global public health? If so, then this course will enable you to develop underpinning knowledge that forms the foundations of a critical exploration of public health. This is particularly pertinent given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic challenges and complexities currently facing the global community.

The course invites you look at different public health issues from multiple perspectives and has been uniquely designed to promote entrepreneurial thinking in order to demonstrate innovation and change within the field of public health. Choosing to study with us means getting access to the opportunities, experiences and encouragement you need to move forward in your existing career, or to move towards new job opportunities within a wide range of services that relate to the public health sector

Why study this subject?

Are you interested in working with local communities to improve the health and wellbeing of groups, families and individuals within our society? Are you keen to make a difference and work in a role that aims to promote inclusion and reduce health inequalities? This MA course is perfect for anyone wishing to develop the knowledge and skills sought by employers in the expanding market of public health and health improvement.

This programme will appeal to students who wish to consider enhancing an existing career in public health, or within a related field. Specifically, it will equip students with the knowledge to work in a wide range of services such as the NHS, local and national government agencies, non-government agencies, and the public and private sectors, both nationally and internationally.

What will I study?

This course will help you gain a broad and comprehensive understanding of how the society in which we live affects individual and community health. You'll learn about factors that influence health while exploring local, national and global approaches to improving population health.

The course has been uniquely designed to promote entrepreneurial thinking in order to demonstrate innovation and change within the field of public health.

On completion you will have:

  • gained a conceptual and theoretical understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of public health from a UK and global perspective
  • critically evaluated conceptual and theoretical health education and health promotion initiatives that support positive change across different platforms
  • gained and demonstrated critical acuity of contemporary public health research
  • demonstrated creative, innovate and entrepreneurial thinking and made a contribution towards supporting a positive social impact within society.

How will I be taught and assessed?

We tailor our academic and pastoral support to your individual needs and aspirations, and your personal tutor will be on hand to support you on your learning journey. There is a focus on real world learning throughout the programme so we aim to use assessment formats that reflect work practices within public health, for example report writing and oral presentations. There are no examinations.

What are my career prospects?

Typical roles for graduates of the MA Public Health programme include:

  • Health Improvement Practitioner
  • Health Improvement Advisor/Officer
  • Public Health Officer

Employment is primarily through local authorities like NHS trusts and voluntary sector services.


Innovation and social impact in public health
Foundations of public health and wellbeing
Research methods
Challenges and priorities in public health
Leading with influence
Research project

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

Entry to taught postgraduate programmes normally require a first degree, but relevant experience, in some cases, can substitute for this requirement.