Public Health at University College Birmingham - UCAS

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Course summary

Course information This course is accredited by the University College Birmingham OVERVIEW Contemporary issues and challenges in global public health have seen an increased demand for those working within public health to develop a deeper understanding of the wider social determinants of health and public health systems. If you enjoy learning about core principles and practices that underpin the promotion of health in society, prevention of illness and how to support positive health and wellbeing, this may be the perfect fit for you. The MSc in Public Health provides you with a comprehensive underpinning of the policy and practice underpinning public health, such as multi agency working across different sectors and the underlying causes of public health-related issues. The course will enable you to develop a sound understanding of public health policy and the knowledge and skills necessary to lead on and improve health outcomes. These skills will be vital in applying knowledge to practice and giving you the core competencies that you can apply to prospective employment. The course is mapped to the PHKSF (Public Health and Knowledge Skills Framework) to ensure there is a clear focus and structure around the modules you study, as well as ensuring the course is focused upon those skills required when working in public health. WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

  • Professionally Mapped Programme: The course is mapped specifically to the PHKSF (Public Health and Knowledge Skills Framework) to ensure a clear rationale and structure around the modules within the programme.
  • Public Health-Focused Modules: Students will study modules that are structured around what is desired by employers and the public health workforce. These include: Societal Health and Policy, Public Health Epidemiology, Organisational Health Improvement and Behaviour Change, and Leadership and Management.
  • Expert Tuition: Learn from our highly qualified staff with extensive knowledge and experience in the field of public health, social care, physical activity and nutrition.
  • Growing career sector – Demand for trained professionals is growing, with the public health specialist workforce in England (directors of public health and public health consultants) increasing by 15.3% since 2021.
FACILITIES As a Public Health MSc student at University College Birmingham, you will have access to our university health, sport and food facilities, including our Health Skills and Simulation Suite. Here, you will be able to practise skills required when working in public health such as behaviour change by being immersed in real life scenarios. CAREERS AND PROGRESSION Examples of careers you could pursue following this course:
  • Health advisor
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Assistant public health practitioner
  • Health researcher
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  • Principles of Public Health - Research Methods and Statistics in Epidemiology - Societal Health and International Policy - Leadership and Strategic Management in Public Health - Health Promotion Across the Life Course - Influencing Public Behaviour Change - Public Health Dissertation Project (60 Credits)

Assessment method

Note: Indicative information only. Actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website: TEACHING AND ASSESSMENTStudents will experience various teaching methods and settings, including lectures, workshops, tutorials, individual and group presentations. Our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) provides students with a range of electronic resources, which will help facilitate face-to-face learning. Students will also be supported with weekly graduate advantage sessions. A range of authentic assessment methods are available to students. This includes a combination of written and oral examinations, coursework, presentations, projects and practical assessments. These authentic assessments will reflect workplace scenarios, including an evaluation and critical analysis of a public health campaign. Central to these, will be the student’s ability to engage in reflective practice to review public health processes and their approach to these. There will also be a dissertation component, where students are able to carry out a project of their choosing. Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our University College Birmingham Learning and Teaching Strategy - 2021-2024 (

Entry requirements

**Academic** · Applicants must have an honours degree (2:2 or above) in a health, biological or social sciences-related degree. · Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the programme leader. · English and maths GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent), non-standard entry applicants will be considered on their merits. Evidence of qualification must be submitted.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8750 Whole course
Northern Ireland £8750 Whole course
Scotland £8750 Whole course
Wales £8750 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £8750 Whole course
EU £15000 Whole course
International £15000 Whole course

Additional fee information

UK Students English students studying a full master's degree are eligible for a postgraduate loan from Student Finance. Please note, if you are planning on studying the Postgraduate Diploma, these courses will not be eligible for a postgraduate loan. For more information please visit EU and International: A £500 discount is applied if the fees are paid in full at enrolment. For more information please visit
Public Health at University College Birmingham - UCAS