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Public Health and Health Services Research PGCert

Public Health and Health Services Research PGCert

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Public Service Preparation Environmental Health (General) Health Promotion

Course type


Course Summary

The Public Health & Health Services Research PGCert balances the public health training and advanced research skills necessary for progression in academic or service work.

About this course

The PGCert in Public Health & Health Services Research is for those who are seeking to gain or enhance a high level of health research skills. You will also be suitable if you wish to pursue a career in public health or health services delivery and analysis in the UK and internationally, with:

the UK National Health Service (or its equivalent abroad)
local government
the voluntary sector
academic healthcare

This PGCert combines a range and high standard of health services research methods with the principles of public health science and practice. After successfully completing this course, you will have the skills to be able to proceed with a PhD or start or develop your career in public health and health services or related areas.

The PGCert in Public Health & Health Services Research provides a broad-ranging preparation for the Part A examination of the Faculty of Public Health. Our teaching has been mapped against the Faculty’s competencies for public health practitioners to ensure that we continue to provide an excellent academic training.

The PGCert in Public Health & Health Services Research grows out of the Institute’s determination to undertake research and teaching to:

reduce health inequalities
address social injustice
improve population health locally, nationally, and internationally.

Among the areas covered are

systematic reviewing and critical appraisal
evaluative methods in health services research
applications of epidemiology to public health
health inequalities and the social determinants of health
the role of behavioural interventions in public health.

Your development

You can follow your interests and develop specialisms through the public health and health services research project, which is developed in collaboration with our expert staff. You can choose from a wide range of projects put forward by our academics, or propose your own. Projects vary and can involve:

primary data collection (quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods)
secondary analysis of a wide range of available datasets
systematic review

You receive a thorough grounding in introductory and advanced research methods and are provided with regular research supervision throughout the course.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


9 months

Start date



Through combining lectures, practical sessions and self-directed learning, this module will introduce the core concepts of applied research methods in the health sciences. The aim is to provide all students with a basic grounding in qualitative and quantitative research methods, so that they are able to understand, critique and apply different research designs to applied health and social science research questions.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a medical, health or social sciences discipline. You can also apply if you have successfully completed the fourth year of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) course, or equivalent. If you have a different background you will be considered on an individual basis. If you have non-standard qualifications then you will be invited to an interview.

University information

Newcastle University is a world-leading university, advancing knowledge, providing creative solutions and solving global problems. The university is a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group, one of 24 leading research-intensive UK universities. In recent years, Newcastle University has developed a presence in three similarly vibrant and globally-connected locations – London, Singapore and Malaysia. These provide both a global...more