MSc Public Health


Allied and Public Health Professions

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  • Core Modules

    Public Health Theory and Policy

    Public Health, as a subject, is both broad and deep. It applies locally, nationally and globally in terms of purpose, function and service delivery.

    This module seeks to provide a robust platform from which you can advance your knowledge and understanding of the principles and concepts that underpin Public Health, which will also be of benefit to, and provide a foundation to, the remainder of the programme.

    You will learn not only about the policy process, but also how to critically examine public health policies and programmes within a quality framework, taking into account their impact on the wider determinants of health. Furthermore, you will assess and analyse the contexts in which public health policies are developed, decisions made and resources allocated.


    Principles and Methods of Epidemiology

    This module will introduce you to the basic concepts in the design, analysis and interpretation of epidemiological studies as well as the methods applied to public health.

    Main topics of study include:

    • Measures of disease frequency and measures of effect
    • Population impact
    • Study design: cross-sectional, intervention, cohort, case-control, ecological
    • Interpretation of epidemiological studies: chance, bias, confounding, causality, effect modification
    • Screening
    • Preventive strategies: measures of public health impact and uses of routine data

    Research Methods in Public Health

    This module will enable you to synthesize diverse information by critically evaluating journal publications to gain an understanding of how research studies are implemented and evaluated with a view to designing your own research proposal.

    Main topics of study include:

    • Evaluating scientific literature
    • Database searching
    • Qualitative and Quantitative methodologies
    • Research governance
    • Systematic literature reviews with meta-analysis and meta-synthesis
    • Data interpretation

    Behaviour Change and Health Promotion

    This module aims for you to critically explore health promotion, behaviour change, and critical theory and their relevance to health promotion strategies. By taking a life course approach, you will examine the role of prevention and management strategies from an individual professional, patient and public perspective, as well as a health system and societal perspective. Examination of evidence from communicable and non-communicable conditions and from healthy start to healthy ageing will provide you with the breadth of learning for critical analysis of what works and can work. Examples from the UK as well as internationally will be used.


    Global Health

    This module aims to enhance your understanding of global health challenges and public health responses with an ability to critically evaluate these issues from political, social, and epidemiological perspectives. Students will gain in-depth understanding of health protection and public health improvement in the context of economic development, governance, and human rights. The module will provide a comparative view across low, middle- and high-income settings, along with depth case studies for a within-setting historical view, to highlight key determinants, approaches to analysis, possible interventions and metrics for evaluation. By the end of this module you will be able to draw upon success and failure in addressing communicable and non-communicable public health issues from the global North and South.


    Health Economics

    This module aims to enhance your understanding of concepts in economics and how they apply to a range of public health issues and the associated resource allocation challenges and options. You will gain in-depth understanding of the fundamental principles of public health finance and health care finance and their impact on efficient and fair financial flows. Additionally, you will be introduced to the range of economic evaluation methods to measure effectiveness of public health programmes.


    Leadership in Public Health (Mental Wealth)

    This module will offer you the opportunity to explore the theories and concepts of leadership and to develop your ability to lead both yourself and others in a dynamic and challenging environment. Emotional intelligence, reflection, collaboration and communication will be critical requirements to support your personal and professional development at a personal, team and organisational level.

    We therefore aim to promote the knowledge, skills and behaviour you will need to lead effectively within areas of public health practice, to support change and to contribute towards professional excellence.

    You will plan your future development taking account of your needs, identified based on critical self-reflection and key professional requirements, preparing you for a positive and fulfilling future career.


    Public Health Ethics and Law

    In this module, you will explore key ethical concepts related to Public Health and the relationship between ethics for Public Health, in Public Health and current UK legislation. As part of your assessment, you will reflect on your own practice in light of Public Health ethics.


    Public Health Project

    The module requires you to build on and improve previously acquired research knowledge and skills and use these to conduct a research project in a public health area of your choosing. You will work independently with minimal academic supervision to develop critical awareness of current public health issues within your area of interest. To complete your project, you will choose appropriate methodological approaches to address your chosen research question. You will disseminate your findings by delivering a succinct piece of substantial academic writing.




Stratford Campus

Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford


The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.