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Public Health MSc/PGDip

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Code
MSc: PG911B
PGDip: PGB91E
Start
October 2020
Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,200 (UK/EU) *
£14,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Carmen Aceijas

Public health is a crucial issue in every society. If you are 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..

Why study MSc/PGDip Public Health at Middlesex University?

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 skills, which will help you make a seamless transition into the workplace.

Our staff have a wide range of specialisms, including mental health, ageing, water and sanitation and public health regulation. The university has a strong research profile and is the ideal place for you to embark on your own ground-breaking research.

If you do not wish to study the full MSc, you can apply to the PGDip where you will not complete the Research Methods and Dissertation module.

Course highlights

  • The course is aligned with the UK Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (PHSKF)
  • This is an international programme, drawing students from all over the world
  • Many students will already have relevant experience and this is an opportunity for students of different nationalities to add a unique depth to their public health studies
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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What will you study on the MSc/PGDip Public Health?

The course provides an excellent, wide-breadth training in public health as both an academic and professional discipline. Its curriculum is clearly nested in the most orthodox understanding of what modern public health does providing a solid foundation for both students who want to drive their careers towards public health and those who want to utilise their training in the current professions.

You will learn how people's health can be affected by their cultural, social and economic circumstances, lifestyle, and environment, as well as covering methods of controlling disease and promoting health. You will also explore the economic, legal and ethical aspects of public health.

It will also explore health inequalities and global public health, including the role of governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and their response to emergencies.

What will you gain?

On completion of this programme you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse and appraise good practice in the management of public health and health improvement
  • Select appropriate approaches to investigate public health needs and interventions in complex situations.
  • Reflect on own practice and select from a range of options best mechanism to influence others to achieve best practice
  • Critical appraise national, community and individual public health concerns and influences.
  • Identify, reflect and critically analyse ethical challenges in public health and public health practice.
  • Consider and evaluate the role of partnership within and external to an organisation to effect public health improvement
  • Critically evaluate the results of an academic investigation and be able to extract and analyse data using a range of techniques appropriate to their chosen fields.
  • Appropriately plan, undertake and synthesise research in public health and disseminate findings to benefit the population
  • MSc Modules

    • Applied Public Health (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides a firm foundation of epidemiology, its reasoning, methods and applications. During this module, you will explore the role of research epidemiology in monitoring the epidemiology of both communicable and non-communicable diseases over time and region, and the natural, social, economic and policy determinants that influence this distribution in a local, regional and global context.

    • Challenges in Global Public Health (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module focuses on the evaluation of the main drivers of the global burden of diseases and issues of inequity surrounding these. More specifically, the past, current, and future challenges in the global public health agenda. It will explore some of the societal, political, economic, behavioural and environmental barriers required to succeed in reducing health inequalities and empower stakeholders, communities and individuals.  Both the global and local context will be considered.

      Time will be spent on responses to emergencies including those derived from  natural, economic and political events and examine the necessary short term solutions and the longer term impacts including psychological impacts of those that survive, the potential for disputes, roles of NGOs and their management, and returning the displaced to their homes. Interpretation of levels and trends in global data, spatial analysis, models used for global estimates and the role of data visualisation in global health will be discussed.

    • Health Protection (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to provide you with a strong foundation, critical knowledge and technical skills used in health protection as a subset of public health and which core is the protection of individuals, groups and populations through the effective collaboration of experts in identifying, preventing and mitigating the impacts of infectious diseases and of environmental, chemical and radiological threats.

    • Health Economics (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      To provide you with the knowledge, techniques and tools to understand and apply economic approaches in public health practice to decision making. The module examines demand and supply side economics, micro and macroeconomic issues in health care and the use of economic evidence to inform resource allocation, choice of interventions, priority setting and other decisions in health care.

    • Health Promotion and Health Development (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to increase your awareness and critical understanding of role and methods utilised in health promotion and health development across a range of local and national settings. Health promotion and social marketing principles will be explored and applied to practice in policy setting, prevention, and interventions. Different stakeholder perspectives will be used to deepen the understanding of the processes at work.

    • Policy and Public Health Strategy (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to take a strategic view of public health and to apply relevant policy and strategy to a range of settings. This module provides the means for you to link academic work with a practice situation in order to conceptualise the meaning of theory in the wider world context. This facilitates the embedding of transferable and graduate skills necessary for future career paths and employment. It will provide you with knowledge, skills and abilities to practice and develop strategies to implement health gain or improvement. This situated learning module will use a variety of case studies, simulations, structured visits and practice learning to embed the theoretical aspects of environmental and public health into a real life setting. It also seeks to provide you with an understanding of where your practice fits into strategic agendas and how your practice adds value to public health improvement.

    • Research Methodology and Dissertation (60 Credits) - Compulsory

      To provide you with the organisational and management skills to administer an MSc research project. Management skills are supported by knowledge of experimental design, quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques, presentation skills and interactive computing skills. These skills will be applied in the completion of a practitioner based research including the developing of original and independent investigations aimed at integrating theoretical knowledge and technical expertise to solve a practical problem at a relevant postgraduate level.

  • PGDip Modules

    • Applied Public Health (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides a firm foundation of epidemiology, its reasoning, methods and applications. During this module, you will explore the role of research epidemiology in monitoring the epidemiology of both communicable and non-communicable diseases over time and region, and the natural, social, economic and policy determinants that influence this distribution in a local, regional and global context.

    • Challenges in Global Public Health (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module focuses on the evaluation of the main drivers of the global burden of diseases and issues of inequity surrounding these. More specifically, the past, current, and future challenges in the global public health agenda. It will explore some of the societal, political, economic, behavioural and environmental barriers required to succeed in reducing health inequalities and empower stakeholders, communities and individuals.  Both the global and local context will be considered.

      Time will be spent on responses to emergencies including those derived from  natural, economic and political events and examine the necessary short term solutions and the longer term impacts including psychological impacts of those that survive, the potential for disputes, roles of NGOs and their management, and returning the displaced to their homes. Interpretation of levels and trends in global data, spatial analysis, models used for global estimates and the role of data visualisation in global health will be discussed.

    • Health Protection (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to provide you with a strong foundation, critical knowledge and technical skills used in health protection as a subset of public health and which core is the protection of individuals, groups and populations through the effective collaboration of experts in identifying, preventing and mitigating the impacts of infectious diseases and of environmental, chemical and radiological threats.

    • Health Economics (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      To provide you with the knowledge, techniques and tools to understand and apply economic approaches in public health practice to decision making. The module examines demand and supply side economics, micro and macroeconomic issues in health care and the use of economic evidence to inform resource allocation, choice of interventions, priority setting and other decisions in health care.

    • Health Promotion and Health Development (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to increase your awareness and critical understanding of role and methods utilised in health promotion and health development across a range of local and national settings. Health promotion and social marketing principles will be explored and applied to practice in policy setting, prevention, and interventions. Different stakeholder perspectives will be used to deepen the understanding of the processes at work.

    • Policy and Public Health Strategy (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to take a strategic view of public health and to apply relevant policy and strategy to a range of settings. This module provides the means for you to link academic work with a practice situation in order to conceptualise the meaning of theory in the wider world context. This facilitates the embedding of transferable and graduate skills necessary for future career paths and employment. It will provide you with knowledge, skills and abilities to practice and develop strategies to implement health gain or improvement. This situated learning module will use a variety of case studies, simulations, structured visits and practice learning to embed the theoretical aspects of environmental and public health into a real life setting. It also seeks to provide you with an understanding of where your practice fits into strategic agendas and how your practice adds value to public health improvement.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the MSc/PGDip Public Health taught?

You will gain knowledge and understanding through attendance to lectures, seminars, and through a variety of directed and self-directed learning activities (e.g. group projects, case study analysis). The use of e-learning strategies is also integrated into the teaching and learning strategies and is used to encourage independent study and formative assessment through the use of interactive exercises and lecture notes available to the student for downloading.

Assessment

Your knowledge, understanding and skills are assessed by a combination of coursework, case studies; fieldwork based technical reports, presentations and exam papers. We have some very exciting assignments for you such as the design, implementation and evaluation of a health promotion campaign and a mock press conference. Your MSc dissertation will represent the pinnacle of your course where all conceptual and analytical skills will come together in the production of an original research project.

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  2. International
  3. Additional costs

How can the MSc/PGDip Public Health support your career?

Our typical MSc Applied Public Health cohort is formed by a 50% of health professionals (medical doctors, nurses, midwifes and dentists) with the other 50% populated by a varied array of professionals (bio-scientists and biomedical scientists, psychologists, sociologists, graduates in public health and so on).

Our graduates with a health care/medical background tend to use the program for internal promotion. Other graduates access to public health positions in Local Health Authorities, National and International NGOs and their home-countries Departments of Health (and related structures) in different roles of public health intelligence.

Carmen Aceijas
Senior Lecturer in Public Health

Dr Aceijas is a fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health. Her main body of research expertise is in HIV and Addiction but she has also worked in a variety of other public health topics (e.g.: Tuberculosis health literacy, nursing practices, mental health in the workplace, health and lifestyles. Her book "Assessing Evidence to improve Population Health and Wellbeing" is a basic tool for those interested in pursuing a public health career.

Patrick Tobi
Senior Lecturer in Public Health

Dr Tobi’s background is in medicine, public health and health management. He has many years of experience in public health practice, research, education and knowledge exchange in the UK, Europe and Africa. His research interests are in health systems analysis, the evaluation of complex interventions, and the use of innovations such as asset-based approaches to improve community health and wellbeing.

Chiara Di Cesare
Senior Lecturer in Public Health

Dr Di Cesare is Senior Lecturer in Public Health at Middlesex University and Honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College London. Her work focuses on the epidemiology and public health of malnutrition, metabolic risk factors and cardiovascular mortality. Chiara is currently working on the dynamics of social inequalities in malnutrition and on access to treatment for stroke supported by the Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard award and the World Heart Federation.

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