The programme is aimed at those who wish to pursue a career in the British National Health Service (or its equivalent in another country), academic health care, voluntary organisations or local authorities involved in health improvement. It provides an understanding of the factors that influence the health of populations and the skills to research these factors, an understanding of the settings in which health and health care are influenced, and the ability to apply research findings to improve health or to the effective delivery of health care services. It is suitable as preparation for the Part A examination of the Faculty of Public Health.
The MSc comprises taught modules (120 credits) and a supervised project and dissertation (60 credits). Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate students complete the taught modules only (120 and 60 credits respectively). Topics include: fundamentals of research; medical statistics; health and health care policy; health care quality; health economics; health and society; applied epidemiology; advanced research methods; public health protection; health promotion; partnerships working for health; health development - a global perspective. Teaching is generally concentrated within one or two days per week depending on the chosen programme.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission