Online courses in Public Health

Public health has historically been concerned with the protection of health through the control of disease and environmental risks, the promotion of good health through lifestyle and the effective use of health resources. It generally falls into 3 aspects of population health: health protection, health improvement and healthcare public health.

With an expanding population and increased life expectancy, along with factors like climate change and unhealthy lifestyles, there is a need to protect communities and prevent disease and ill health among large groups of people.

Our courses in Public Health will help healthcare professionals better understand the complex issues that surround public health and develop the problem solving and leadership skills necessary to tackle them.

Is this course for me?

This course is suitable for healthcare professionals with an interest in public health – this could include, but is not limited to, doctors, GPs, nurses, pharmacists, policy makers, public health professionals, geographers, exercise scientists, sociologists and environmental scientists.

Graduate entrants are expected to include those with an interest in public health, especially those in the public sector, such as police, fire service, local authority, local and national government, health service, and NGO’s.

What will I learn?

You will cover the following topics as part of the Postgraduate Diploma:

  • Contemporary issues in public health
  • Environmental/geopolitical determinants of health
  • Data and intelligence
  • Dealing with complexity
  • Protecting the public's health
  • Public health within health and care systems

You will also complete the following if you choose to progress onto the Master’s course:

  • Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal
  • Professional Project

What can I do with this course?

Postgraduate Diploma and Master's courses are a highly sought after and recognised level of education; therefore, successful completion of this course will add value to a CV and will enable graduates to improve their knowledge and skills to rise to the challenges of assessing and improving Public Health in their area.

Postgraduate Diploma or MSc?

When choosing which course to apply for, your options depend on your circumstances and preferences:

Postgraduate Diploma

You’ll complete the Postgraduate Diploma in 1 year and receive your transcript from the university on completion of the course. You’ll then have the option to progress and complete the MSc course.


To be eligible for the 1 year MSc you need to have completed the Postgraduate Diploma, either with the University of South Wales or an alternative UK-based university. You need to have gained 120 Level 7 credits, met all of the learning outcomes of our course and also covered each of the topics covered during our course.

The 2 year MSc

You will complete the Postgraduate Diploma in year 1 and the MSc in year 2; this is a popular option for many students as many student finance providers won’t offer support for funding for the Postgraduate Diploma alone.

Meet the Programme Leader

Dr Meinir Jones

Dr Anthony Hill MBE

Dr Hill's Public Health career spanned over 30 years where he held a range of senior posts both within the NHS and local authorities. Most recently, Dr Hill was the Director of Health for Lincolnshire Country Council for three years until his retirement in October 2016. Earlier in his career, Dr Hill was a hospital doctor and general practitioner after training in Dundee, before becoming a public health consultant with Somerset Health Authority in 1987.

He later became Director of Public Health at South Humber Health Authority from 1996 until 2002, and Director of Public Health for both North East Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust and North Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust until March 2007. Subsequently, he was the Executive Director of Public Health for the NHS and Council in North East Lincolnshire. Dr Hill's passion and dedication to his work was recognised with him being awarded an MBE on the New Year's Honours List in 2017 for his services to Public Health.

He was the Vice Chairman of the University Council at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln for eight years and has formed a new charity; the Lincolnshire Refugee Doctors Project, which supports refugee doctors to get back to working in the field.

Since retiring he has provided consultancy services to the NHS, the Local Government Association and other organisations. He has been active in health protection during the COVID-19 pandemic, most recently as Interim Director of Public Health in West Sussex.

Subject Courses

Public Health PgDip*

Delivered over 1 year the online part-time distance learning Postgraduate Diploma course is specially developed for busy health professionals. Formatted in 6 modules, each of 6 weeks duration, the course is designed to be practical and clinically focused.

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Public Health MSc*

The MSc runs over 1 calendar year. Starting with an initial 12 week online module to develop your skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies, then you will complete the professional project module that consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project.

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