MSc/PGDip/PGCert in Public Health
This highly successful and innovative MSc in Public Health welcomes UK, EU and international applicants from a wide range of professions. The principles underlying this course focus on the health of communities as a recognised concern of a wide group of professionals, where health is related to a variety of factors, including individual biology and genetics, behavioural factors, socio-economic factors and environmental factors, and that good health is a right, not a privilege.
Our students are drawn from a variety of health and social care professions locally, from across the UK and internationally. It includes those working in health care, social services, environmental health, local government and the voluntary sector.
The course provides concrete activities that meet the needs of both home and international students, optimising co-learning strategies between all students from different cultural backgrounds. Students from the UK and non-European countries are provided with opportunities to share and debate the challenges of public health within developed and developing countries.
Strategies for embedding intercultural knowledge and skills are sufficiently generic to develop competencies that promote greater self-awareness and address some of the challenges of developing our students into global citizens.
Blended learning is used effectively across the programme to impart knowledge and promote discussion as well as to enable students to develop digital and information literacy. Teaching staff are actively engaged in Public Health research.
A collaborative programme of public health workshops are also currently facilitated by staff from the Public Health team across Local Authority and NHS sites which provide a more sustainable approach to CPD development for various levels of public health professionals. Further information concerning these (non-accredited) courses is available on the faculty website.
Contributions from external visiting lecturers are also welcomed on a regular basis to the programme and provide current perspectives from key domains of public health, for example, health improvement (NICE), health protection (Oxfam) and service improvement (Local Authorities). These external connections are extremely beneficial and well received adding valuable opportunities and connections for students to gain insight and potential experience within these organisations.
Students can take either the general track or one of three more specialist tracks:
Preventive and Behavioural Health
Leadership and Management.
Specialist tracks will enable you to focus on key public health areas, and are suitable for students who have a clear idea about their learning and career development needs. The general track will probably suit students who want a more general public health education and who do not currently have a specialist career development need or direction, for example students working towards Faculty of Public Health examinations.
There is both a January and September entry point for the course. For full-time students starting in September the modules follow a specific sequence starting with Foundations in Public Health, Data Analysis and Interpretation, and Applied Research Methods, followed in January by Epidemiology. The sequence of further modules will depend on the selected track.
Students who enter in January will commence the programme with Epidemiology and Applied Research Methods, studying Foundations in Public Health and Data Analysis and Interpretation in September.
Teaching and learning methods include lectures, directed reading, workshops, seminars, Virtual Learning Environment Activities (VLE) and project work. Some modules include group presentations.
Teaching is organised on a module-credit basis, each module involving approximately 200 hours of student effort. Teaching might be by blended learning or face-to-face contact.
Each module is assessed individually, generally on the quality of written or design work, and to some extent on verbal presentations. Assessment methods may include essays, seminar papers, verbal presentations, workshop and practical exercises.
International Student Requirements:
Applicants will be required to demonstrate one or more of the following (or equivalents):
British Council IELTS: level 7.0 or above
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; Grade A or B
O-level English Language or GCSE English Language: Grade A or B
Oxford Brookes University English Language Level 4 – pass.