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Public Health MPH/PgDip/PgCert

Master of Public Health: Specialisms

Master of Public Health: Specialisms

For the MPH degree with a specialism, all students will take four core courses, and focus optional course selection and dissertation topics on relevant specialisms.

MPH Health Promotion Specialism

This specialism will be relevant to those developing careers in health promotion or improvement with the National Health Service or third sector organisations. With a focus on key concepts in health promotion theory and practice, it will prepare graduates to contribute to health promotion related knowledge management, project development, policy analysis, building capacity in individuals and communities, and partnership working.

Students will be required to take the following courses:  Health Promotion: Principles and Practice,  Introduction to Statistical Methods, Introduction to Epidemiology, Principles of Public Health, the Research Dissertation Project: with a health promotion focus. In addition, two of the following 20 credit optional courses must be taken - Communicable Diseases, Environmental Health, Further Epidemiology and Statistics, Globalisation and Public Health, Health Economics for Health Technology Assessment, Oral Health (will next be offered in 2019-2020 and every second year thereafter), Qualitative Research Methods.

MPH Data Science Specialism 

Data science is a rapidly growing field of employment opportunity where government agencies, universities, international health agencies, consulting/research firms and other scientific organisations are typical employers. One key focus of Public health data science is the analysis of routine administrative health data to improve monitoring of population health and prevent ill health. It covers aspects of information governance and disclosure control and introduces advanced methods of data management and analysis, which help in exploring disease pathways and factors important in patient care, and in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of health research.

Students will be required to take the following courses:  Introduction to Statistical Methods, Analysis of Linked Data, Introduction to Epidemiology, Principles of Public Health, the Research Dissertation Project: with a data science focus. In addition, two of the following 20 credit optional courses must be taken - Communicable Diseases, Environmental Health, Further Epidemiology and Statistics, Globalisation and Public Health, Health Economics for Health Technology Assessment, Health Promotion: Principles and Practice, Oral Health (will next be offered in 2019-2020 and every second year thereafter), Qualitative Research Methods.

MPH Health Economics Specialism

This programme will prepare graduates to develop specialist and applied economic analyses relevant to health service delivery with potential to be translated into policy. The programme prepares graduates to create analyses, cost and decision analytic models, and evaluations with potential to underpin decision- making and investment in population health improvement initiatives.

Students will be required to take the following courses:  Health Economics for Health Technology Assessment, Introduction to Statistical Methods, Introduction to Epidemiology, Principles of Public Health, the Research Dissertation Project: with a health economics focus. In addition, two of the following 20 credit optional courses must be taken - Communicable Diseases, Environmental Health, Further Epidemiology and Statistics, Globalisation and Public Health, Health Promotion: Principles and Practice, Oral Health (will next be offered in 2019-2020 and every second year thereafter), Qualitative Research Methods. 

MPH Epidemiology Specialism

This specialism will enable graduates to use real world evidence to lead on the design and delivery of evidence focused projects, particularly on data analysis, modelling, and interpretation of findings. Academic epidemiologists will typically explore research questions through conducting secondary analyses on existing data sets.

Students will be required to take the following courses:  Introduction to Epidemiology, Advanced Epidemiology, Introduction to Statistical Methods, Principles of Public Health, the Research Dissertation Project: with an epidemiological focus. In addition, two of the following 20 credit optional courses must be taken - Communicable Diseases, Environmental Health, Globalisation and Public Health, Health Economics for Health Technology Assessment, Health Promotion: Principles and Practice, Oral Health (will next be offered in 2019-2020 and every second year thereafter), Qualitative Research Methods.

PGDip Public Health

For the PGDip Public Health with specialism, all students will take five core courses, and one optional course.

For the PGDip Public Health with health promotion specialism students will be required to take the following courses: Health Promotion: Principles and Practice,  Introduction to Statistical Methods, Introduction to Epidemiology, Principles of Public Health, and Research Methods. In addition, one of the following 20 credit optional courses must be taken - Communicable Diseases, Environmental Health, Further Epidemiology and Statistics, Globalisation and Public Health, Health Economics for Health Technology Assessment, Oral Health (will next be offered in 2019-2020 and every second year thereafter), Qualitative Research Methods.

For the PGDip Public Health with data science specialism students will be required to take the following courses:  Introduction to Statistical Methods, Analysis of Linked Data, Introduction to Epidemiology, Principles of Public Health, and Research Methods. In addition, one of the following 20 credit optional courses must be taken - Communicable Diseases, Environmental Health, Further Epidemiology and Statistics, Globalisation and Public Health, Health Economics for Health Technology Assessment, Health Promotion: Principles and Practice, Oral Health (will next be offered in 2019-2020 and every second year thereafter), Qualitative Research Methods.

For the PGDip Public Health with health economics specialism students will be required to take the following courses:  Health Economics for Health Technology Assessment, Introduction to Statistical Methods, Introduction to Epidemiology, Principles of Public Health, and Research Methods. In addition, one of the following 20 credit optional courses must be taken - Communicable Diseases, Environmental Health, Further Epidemiology and Statistics, Globalisation and Public Health, Health Promotion: Principles and Practice, Oral Health (will next be offered in 2019-2020 and every second year thereafter), Qualitative Research Methods.

For the PGDip Public Health with epidemiology specialism students will be required to take the following courses:  Introduction to Epidemiology, Advanced Epidemiology, Introduction to Statistical Methods, Principles of Public Health, and Research Methods. In addition, one of the following 20 credit optional courses must be taken - Communicable Diseases, Environmental Health, Globalisation and Public Health, Health Economics for Health Technology Assessment, Health Promotion: Principles and Practice, Oral Health (will next be offered in 2019-2020 and every second year thereafter), Qualitative Research Methods.