Public Health at Cardiff University - UCAS

Cardiff University

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: Cardiff University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)

Public Health (Taught)

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Course summary

The Master’s in Public Health programme is multi-disciplinary and trans-professional in both its content and the students it generally attracts. The MPH has been run successfully in Cardiff since 1989 and has a national and international reputation. Delivered by leading experts in the broad field of public health, our Master of Public Health (MPH) programme provides a high quality, evidence based, multi-disciplinary learning experience. A well-established and internationally renowned programme, the MPH develops public health professionals to become leaders in the protection and promotion of population and planetary health and wellbeing. Applicants are encouraged to apply from a range of backgrounds, from medical and health professionals to analysts, computer and data scientists, engineers, architects, planners, environmental health officers, journalists, lawyers, economists, innovators, entrepreneurs and business professionals. This represents the interdisciplinary nature of public health research and practice, in line with the World Health Organisation Health In All Policies approach. This programme is supported by eLearning material housed on a modern web interface, suitable for traditional computers and tablets and using flipped teaching approaches to learning. You will experience a large range of learning approaches in this programme including debates, discussion forums and plenary sessions delivered by key experts in the field. The use of multiple approaches for you to learn will build a community of practice and enhance your collaboration with your peer and the faculty while respective that individuals will have different learning styles and needs. To gain the Master’s qualification, you will be required to undertake a final dissertation project on a suitable public health topic. This will be supported through negotiation with the programme faculty and your supervisor. It is a required course for public health trainees in Wales preparing for the examination for membership of the Faculty of Public Health. The course aims to provide you with the knowledge to:

  • Quantitatively and qualitatively assess the population’s health and health needs, including the determinants and status of health and well-being and development of effective action
  • Critically evaluate the evidence relating to the effectiveness of health and healthcare interventions, programmes and services
  • Reflect on theory and evidence, synthesising findings to promote the health of populations by influencing lifestyle and socio-economic, physical and cultural environment through methods of health promotion, including health education
  • Synthesise contemporaneous evidence bases and key guidelines to protect the public’s health from communicable and environmental hazards
  • Collect, generate, synthesise, appraise, analyse, interpret and communicate intelligence that measures the health status, risks, needs and health outcomes of defined populations
  • Strategically develop, manage, and lead innovative and inter-sectoral solutions to tackle contemporary problems, such as global climate change, environmental pollution, antimicrobial resistance, obesity and non-communicable diseases.

Entry requirements

The course is suitable for those from a wide range of health backgrounds, including dentistry, environmental health, health information, health planning, health promotion, health service evaluation, health service management, social work, medicine, veterinary medicine, nutrition, and nursing. In addition to satisfying the Cardiff University General Entrance Requirements, including English Language requirements, applicants will normally possess an initial degree in Medicine, Dentistry, Public Health or other related field or a cognate subject, awarded by a recognised Institution, at 2:1 level or higher. Non-graduates may also be accepted provided the applicant is able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Head of School or nominee that they have held, for a minimum period of two years, a position of responsibility relevant to the programme. You will also need to provide an academic or professional reference to support your application. Your referee should comment on your academic ability, motivation for public health, work ethic, and general character. References should be signed, dated and less than six months old at the time you submit your application. For entry requirements, please visit the course page on our website:

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Public Health at Cardiff University - UCAS