MSc Public Health

About the programme

Awarding Institution: University of the West of England

MNQF Level: 9

Duration: 1 Year


Programme Description

The MSc Public Health programme is structured around an interdisciplinary curriculum that draws upon social, human, behavioural, environmental and natural science disciplines. This course is suited to individuals already working or considering working in the areas of public health, health promotion, community development, primary care or health protection. It is also very relevant to those working in public, voluntary, independent and NGO sector organisations, spanning healthcare, social care, local government, education, planning and regeneration, international development, human rights, social justice, and the range of health-related voluntary and community agencies and providers.

A professionally-orientated award, this course has been accredited and the curriculum validated by the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA). It is mapped against European, US and UK Faculty of Public Health professional competencies. The programme team has strong links with Public Health departments within the south-west region of England and with Public Health England, who regularly provide sponsorship and placement opportunities for students.

The course is stimulating, challenging and rewarding in terms of meeting individuals' personal and career aspirations. It provides professionals, researchers and graduates with an advanced contemporary education in public health theory, practice and research. Our primary goal is for graduates to emerge as advanced critical thinkers and analysts, ready and able to challenge and push boundaries in a wide range of contexts.



The programme aims to enable students to:

  • achieve knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to interdisciplinary public health, and thereby be able to make positive academic and professional contributions to the evolving global public health landscape.
  • develop skills and competencies to be able to plan and facilitate effective public health interventions, at individual, group, institutional and governmental levels, and thereby make meaningful contributions to improving the health of vulnerable and socially disadvantaged groups, and to tackling health inequalities.
  • understand and gain insight into the changing global public health landscape to facilitate a meaningful contribution to improving the health of the poorest and those in the poorest health in communities.
  • benefit fully, both personally and professionally from their experience of studying at a healthy and sustainable university which strives to embed health, wellbeing and sustainability into all its structures and processes.
  • become sustainability literate to ensure they are empowered to achieve their full potential as citizens of the future.
  • develop critical appreciation of real world research through innovative approaches to integrating research throughout the curriculum.

Programme Structure

Semester 1

Introduction to Public Health

Quantitative Health Research

Qualitative Health Research

Health Protection

Semester 2

Health Promotion

Public Health Economics

Public Health Policy and Politics

Epidemiology of Non-communicable Disease

Leadership for Public Health

Semester 3

Public Health Dissertation

Entry Criteria

Has successfully completed a Bachelor’s degree at MNQF level 7 or Level 8 in the relevant field.

Admission Open