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Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Public Health Information Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Course Summary


Through this 100% online and part-time PG Dip Public Health, you will learn how to improve public health within your area and internationally. You will gain a range of useful skills that can be applied to drive real change in the communities or contexts you practice.

On this online PG Dip you will study key topics including health promotion, the principles and methods of epidemiology, and the application of techniques for population health needs assessment, while developing essential personal and professional skills relevant for public health workers. At the end of the course, you will be able to continue your studies and advance onto the full Masters programme.

Teaching methods

We’re a 100% online education provider, so we use a state-of-the-art virtual learning environment (VLE) to deliver our teaching, resources and assessments. Our system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials. The VLE is accessible 24/7 and allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and live Q&As.

We believe you get the most out of your time spent studying when you are kept informed of your performance, and we achieve this by:

assessing you throughout modules rather than waiting for end of year assessments
showing your marks in your grade book which can be viewed whenever you log onto the virtual learning environment (VLE)
rapid turnaround on work assessed to ensure your grade book is always up to date
ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Support team

Assessment methods

All assessments are delivered through our virtual learning environment (VLE). There is no requirement to travel to external test centres or to sit exams! Instead, you will submit assignments through the VLE, such as written reports, discussion forum participation or reflective journal entries.

We also have a policy of ensuring that the work submitted by students is authentic – we use a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.

Career prospects

As a public health graduate, you will be equipped with the skills to succeed in a range of healthcare roles internationally, such as public health manager, health communication office, public health consultant, health visitor. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to progress onto our Master of Public Health (MPH).


Research Methods - Core
Advanced Practice in Healthcare - Core
Epidemiology - Core
Topics in Public Health
Health Promotion
Health Needs Assessment and Priority Setting

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

At University of Essex Online, we believe that everyone should be able to access education. That is why we offer two different entry routes onto our PG Dip Public Health, which considers academic or work-based experience. Academic entry route - You must have the following qualifications as a minimum: an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant professional qualification. Work experience entry route - You must meet the following criteria: at least three years’ experience in a relevant health field supported by appropriate references.

Department profile

University of Essex Online provides 100% online part-time Masters degrees and short courses in business, computing, education, health, law, criminology and psychology. You can study with us from anywhere with an internet connection and at a time that suits your schedule best. Your course will be delivered through a state-of-the-art virtual learning environment (VLE), which provides you with 24/7 access to high-quality resources, including...more

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