From tuberculosis to tapeworms, and sexual health to safety in the workplace, public health is a crucial issue in every society in the world. If you're passionate about improving the quality of people's lives, then a career in public health is an opportunity for you to make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of human beings.
Our course qualifies you to work as a public health practitioner, and is designed to give you a solid body of both theoretical and practical knowledge and experience which will help you make a seamless transition into the workplace.
Course leader Dr Carmen Aceijas, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health with substantial experience in academic public health. Her main body of research expertise is in HIV and Addiction but she has also worked in a variety of public health research areas such as mental health, occupational mental health, nursing practices, health and lifestyles and so on. Her methodological specialties include survey based studies and secondary data analysis [systematic literature reviews and meta-analysis]. Her book "Assessing Evidence to improve Population Health and Wellbeing" is a basic tool for those interested in pursuing a public health career.
Our staff have a wide range of specialisms, including mental health, ageing populations, water and sanitation, palliative care, drugs policy and public health regulation. The university has a strong research profile for systematic reviews, particularly into anti-microbial resistance and environmental pollution, and is the ideal place for you to embark on your own ground-breaking research.
The course is designed to meet the national occupational standards for public health and the careers and training requirements set out on the PHORCAST website, and to match the NHS Knowledge and Skills Competency Framework.
The course is made up of seven compulsory modules: Environmental and Public Health, Applied Epidemiology, Policy and Public Health Strategy, Health Economics, Health Promotion and Health Development, Challenges in Global Public Health, and Research Methods, which will include your dissertation.
You'll learn how people's health can be affected by their cultural, social and economic circumstances, lifestyle, emotions and environment. This course focuses on epidemiology and statistics, helping you to build strong foundations on public health monitoring and surveillance. You'll also cover methods of controlling disease and promoting health, including public health campaigns, and measures such as the index of deprivation, life expectancy and population pyramids. The course also deals with the economic, legal and ethical aspects of public health, the National Occupational Standards and the national agenda, health inequalities and global public health, including the role of governments and NGOs and their response to emergencies.
You'll develop the ability to analyse public health data and design, develop, implement and evaluate public health interventions and policy. You'll do a lot of problem-solving work in teams and will be expected to act as team leader. You'll learn about different methods of public health research and how to collect, evaluate, interpret and communicate data on the health and wellbeing of a population, as well as socioeconomic, environmental and demographic data.
For your research project, you'll plan, carry out, evaluate and present the results of your own independent investigation into a topical issue in public health. The project must involve original research, but it can take any form, from an empirical or theoretical study to field-based research. You will work under the guidance of a supervisor whose expertise and interest is in, or closely related to, the area you're investigating. You can expect to spend between 500 and 600 hours on your project, and will present your results through a 12,000-word thesis and a 20-minute presentation.
The research methodology module will cover experimental design, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and management, presentation and computing skills. You'll learn to evaluate different research techniques, search for and review relevant literature, come up with a research proposal, and analyse and present data.
If you do not wish to study the full MSc, there's the option of a PgDip (you don't study the Research Methods module and the dissertation) or a PgCert (where you study only the first three modules listed above).
Lectures will set out topics, impart technical knowledge and identify links between theory and practice, while workshops and seminars will broaden your understanding through discussions, data analysis exercises, and case studies of practical public health problems. You will also go on visits, use simulations and online learning resources, including Gap minder, and supplement all this with your own independent study. You will attend tutorials and IT sessions as part of the Research Methods module to learn how to use both SPSS and NViv - software to analyse and manage quantitative and qualitative data, respectively.
You will be assessed through written and oral exams and your research project and dissertation, as well as essays and other written assignments, case study work, posters and presentations. Your dissertation will consist of a research proposal, a 12,000-word thesis, a 20-minute presentation and a learning log, all of which will be assessed.
Some assessed work might be done in groups or pairs. You will receive regular feedback on your work, including your assessed work.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, portfolio or audition.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
The combination of scientific knowledge, practical skills and analytical and policy-making ability our course will give you will equip you with the foundations for a high-level advisory or management role in public health. A wide range of opportunities will be open to you in the public, private or voluntary sectors, with organisations including the World Health Organisation, the World Bank, health ministries, the NHS, non-governmental organisations and aid agencies, Public Health England and local authorities, as well as in research and education.
As well as in-depth knowledge of your subject, our course will provide you with many transferable skills. It will improve your research, data collection and interpretation, communication, presentation and teamwork skills, as well as your confidence and your ability to work under your own initiative and manage your own time.
Find out about our postgraduate scholarships worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.
MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert Applied Public Health
This course is offered full time or part time. You can choose to study the full Masters or a PG Diploma or PG Certificate. The fees below refer to the 2017/18 academic year unless otherwise stated.
|Full-time course fees 2017||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Part-time course fees 2017*||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Masters (120 taught credits |
+ 60 credits for dissertation)
|PG Dip (120 taught credits)||TBC||TBC|
|PG Cert (60 taught credits)||TBC||TBC|
*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part time study are shown here as a guide.
Find out about our flexible payment plans for UK/EU students, and how they can help you spread the cost of your course.