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Public Health MSc

Aligned with the UK Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (PHSKF), this course will prepare you for a variety of rewarding careers in public health
September 2024
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£10,500 (UK) *
£16,800 (INT) *
Course leader
Carmen Aceijas

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 others.

Why choose Public Health MSc at Middlesex?

Our course qualifies you to work as a public health practitioner and is designed to give you a strong 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.

What you will gain

After graduating from this course, you'll 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 your own practice and select the best option to influence others to achieve best practice
  • Critically appraise national, community and individual public health concerns and influences
  • Identify, reflect on and critically analyse ethical challenges in public health and public health practice
  • Consider and evaluate the role of internal and external partnerships for an organisation to improve public health
  • Critically evaluate the results of an academic investigation and be able to extract and analyse data using a range of techniques appropriate to the field
  • Appropriately plan, conduct and synthesise research in public health and disseminate the findings to benefit the population.

Additional benefits of this course include:

3 great reasons to pick this course

  • Excellent reputation
    Top 2 university in the UK – Times Higher Education, Young Universities, 2022
  • Excellent career prospects
    You'll be ready for roles such as public health practitioner, health improvement practitioner, epidemiologist, data analyst, public health scientist or health campaign manager
  • Global reputation
    Professor Lian Lundy coordinated an international collaboration into the presence of COVID-19 in sewage to provide early warning of local outbreaks.

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The course provides excellent training in public health as both an academic and professional discipline. Our curriculum is based on the most orthodox understanding of what modern public health. It also provides a strong foundation if you're a student looking to enter the public health field, as well as those who want to use their training in their current professions.

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

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

  • Modules

    • Applied Epidemiology (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides a firm foundation of epidemiology, its reasoning, methods and applications.

    • 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 Public Health (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.

To find out more about this course, please download the Public Health MSc specification (PDF).

How we'll teach you

You will gain knowledge and understanding by attending online lectures and 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. This is used to encourage independent study and includes the use of interactive exercises, pre-recorded lectures and lecture notes available to the student for downloading.

You'll be taught by an experienced teaching team with a wide range of expertise and professional experience.

Where will I study?

You will be based at our north London campus in Hendon.

Teaching vs independent study

In a typical year, you’ll spend about 1200 hours on your course.

Outside of teaching hours, you’ll learn independently through reading articles and books, working on projects, undertaking research, and preparing for assessments including coursework and presentations.


Whether you are studying full or part-time – your course timetable will balance your study commitments on campus with time for work, life commitments and independent study.

We aim to make timetables available at least two weeks before the start of term. Some weeks are different due to how we schedule classes and arrange on-campus sessions.

Typical weekly breakdown

A typical week looks like this:


Hours per week





Learning terms

On-campus: This includes tutor-led sessions such as seminars, lab sessions and demonstrations as well as student-led sessions for work in small groups.

Online learning: This is teaching that is delivered online using tools like Skype or Zoom, as well as work that you do yourself using online teaching resources.

Part-time study

You can also study this course part-time.

Academic support

Our excellent teaching and support teams will help you develop your skills from research and practical skills to critical thinking.

Coursework and assessments

There are no exams but your coursework online case studies, fieldwork-based technical reports, online presentations and online tests will be assessed.

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.


You'll evaluate your work, skills and knowledge and identify areas for improvement. Sometimes you'll work in groups and assess each other's progress. Each term, you'll get regular feedback on your learning.

How can the Public Health MSc support your career?

Public health is a crucial issue in every society and there is a worldwide need for trained public health professionals. 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 human health and wellbeing.

Our typical MSc Public Health cohort is made up of 50% health professionals (medical doctors, nurses, midwives and dentists) and 50% from other professions (bio-scientists and biomedical scientists, psychologists, sociologists, graduates in public health etc).

Our university's postgraduate courses have been recognised for their ability to support your career.

95% of our postgraduate students go on to work or further study – Graduate Outcomes, 2022.

Career paths

Our graduates with a health care/medical background tend to use the course for internal promotion. Other graduates go on to work for public health positions in local health authorities, national and International NGOs and their home country departments of health (and related structures) in different roles of public health intelligence.


Our employability service, MDXworks will launch you into the world of work from the beginning of your course, with placements, projects and networking opportunities through our 1000+ links with industry and big-name employers in London and globally.

Our dedicated lifetime career support, like our business start-up support programme and funding for entrepreneurs, has been recognized with the following awards:

  • The top 20 UK universities for business leaders and entrepreneurs – Business Money, 2023 
  • A top 10 university for producing CEOs – Novuana, 2023

Global alumni network

You’ll study with students from 122 countries who’ll hopefully become part of your global network. And after you graduate, we'll support you through our alumni network to help you progress in your chosen career.


The Sheppard Library

Our library is open 24 hours a day during the term and includes:

  • Over 1,000 study areas with rooms for group study and over 600 computer spaces
  • 350,000 books and e-books and more than 24,000 online journals
  • Free laptop loans, Wi-Fi and printing.

Student support

We offer lots of support to help you while you're studying including financial advice, wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

Additional needs

We'll support you if you have additional needs such as sensory impairment or dyslexia. And if you want to find out whether Middlesex is the right place for you before you apply, get in touch with our Disability and Dyslexia team.


Our specialist teams will support your mental health. We have free individual counselling sessions, workshops, support groups and useful guides.

Work while you study

Our Middlesex Unitemps branch will help you find work that fits around uni and your other commitments. We have hundreds of student jobs on campus that pay the London Living Wage and above. Visit the Middlesex Unitemps page.

Financial support

You can apply for scholarships and bursaries and our MDX Student Starter Kit to help with up to £1,000 of goods, including a new laptop or iPad.

We have also reduced the costs of studying with free laptop loans, free learning resources and discounts to save money on everyday things. Check out our guide to student life on a budget.

  1. UK entry
  2. International entry
  3. How to apply

The fees below are for the 2024/25 academic year:

UK students1

Full-time students: £10,500
Part-time students: £70 per credit
Part-time students: £35 per dissertation credit

International students2

Full-time students: £16,800
Part-time students: £112 per credit
Part-time students: £56 per dissertation credit

Additional costs

The following study tools are included in your fees:

  • Free laptop loans for up to 24 hours
  • Free access to everything on your reading list
  • Free specialist software for your course
  • Free printing for academic paperwork
  • Free online training with LinkedIn Learning.

Financial support

We offer lots of support to help you with fees and living costs. Check out our guide to student life on a budget and find out more about postgraduate funding.

Postgraduate scholarships

You may be eligible for one of our scholarships including:

  • The Alumni Postgraduate Award – for all UK/EU Middlesex alumni a 20% fee reduction
  • The Commonwealth Scholarship – full course fees, airfares and a living allowance
  • The Chevening Scholarship – full course fees
  • The European Academic Awards – £1000 to £7000 for students showing academic excellence
  • Regional or International Merit Award –up to £2,000 towards course fees.

For international students, we also have a limited number of other awards specific to certain regions, and work in partnership with funding providers in your country to help support you financially with your study.

Find out more about our postgraduate scholarships.

Help from your employer

Your employer can contribute towards the cost of your postgraduate study as part of their staff development programme.

Fees disclaimers

1. UK fees: The university reserves the right to increase postgraduate tuition fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions. The tuition fees for part-time UK study are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

2. International fees: Tuition fees are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

Any annual increase in tuition fees as provided for above will be notified to students at the earliest opportunity in advance of the academic year to which any applicable inflationary rise may apply.

Carmen Aceijas
Senior Lecturer in Public Health / Course Leader

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.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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