Public Health Postgraduate Diploma

Our flexible, part-time post graduate diploma 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.

PgDip Public Health

Next intake: 2022 SeptemberKey Facts

Awarding University
University of South Wales
Commitment
20 hours a week
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
15th August 2022
Course start date
5th September 2022 (view full module dates)
Format
100% Online
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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 postgraduate diploma 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.

On completion of this diploma in public health, graduates will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate current research in Public Health.
  • Critically apply independent learning skills in the exploration of knowledge and enquiry within public health.
  • Demonstrate reflection and creativity in addressing complex issues that involve many interacting factors in the advancement of public health.
  • Deliver management strategies for the investigation and treatment of populations presenting with health improvement needs..
  • Initiate and lead complex processes and public health strategies within the context of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Much more…


Next intake: 2022 September Key Facts

Awarding University
University of South Wales
Commitment
Part-time
Format
100% Online
Duration
12 months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
15th August 2022
Course start date
5th September 2022 (view full module dates)

Why Study a Public Health Postgraduate Diploma with Learna

We have over 10 years’ experience delivering online courses, giving you access to flexible, affordable distance learning in partnership with world-leading educators.

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Value for money

Distance learning allows us to work with the worldwide industry-leading professionals.

Get a PgDip from £3,900 or an MSc from £7,500 - the most affordable courses of their kind in the UK.

Pay in instalments.

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Boost your career

Get a postgraduate qualification in just 1 calendar year instead of 2 academic years.

40% of our alumni reported an increase in salary 2 years after studying with us.

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Learning environment

Learn online. No fixed study times mean you can log in and learn whenever and wherever.

Multidisciplinary - study in a group of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals.

15:1 student tutor ratio. We have a 92% student satisfaction rate.

Who is this Diploma course for?

Our diploma in public health (distance education) 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*.

How Will I Learn?

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts.

Our courses are conducted entirely online through self-directed distance learning. You’ll receive guidance throughout your course with tutor-stimulated academic discussions, which are based on clinically-rich case scenarios.

These usually occur within groups of 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.

Curriculum

Our postgraduate diploma in public health allows you to study for just one calendar year and is a part-time, distance-learning course. The course is worth 120 credits and comprises six modules of 20 credits, each running over a period of six weeks.

Module Aims

  • To provide an overview of the introduction to public health and explore relevant definitions.
  • To critically use relevant data and evidence to understand contemporary issues within the public health arena.
  • To develop an understanding of evidence-based interventions, to prevent contemporary issues or to protect the population’s health.

Module Content

  • Overview/history of public health
  • Demographic data
  • Global burden of disease
  • Non-communicable disease
  • Infectious disease
  • Personal Factors contributing to non-communicable disease and infectious disease
  • Wider determinants contributing to non-communicable disease and infectious disease

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply relevant understanding of data and evidence to understand the factors that impact on contemporary public health issues, whilst reflecting on the strength, weaknesses and limitations of using robust data and evidence.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to critically apply appropriate statistical and evidence-based analysis techniques and methods to contemporary public health issues.

Module Aims
To critically use relevant data and evidence to understand the impact of environmental/geopolitical issues and interventions to protect the population’s health.

Module Content

  • Safe and secure supplies of water and food
  • Rising temperature
  • Flooding/water security
  • Diminishing Biodiversity
  • Natural disasters

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically apply the evidence to assess the impact of environmental/geopolitical issues on the health and wellbeing of populations and population groups, whilst reflecting on the strength, weaknesses and limitations of using robust data and survey information.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to critically apply robust evidence to support effective interventions to protect populations.

Module Aims
To critically use relevant data collected by a variety of methods and techniques to survey and assess a population’s health.

Module Content

  • Sources and uses of data
  • Surveys and epidemiology
  • Population statistics: Techniques and methods for analysing population health data - quantitative
  • Population statistics: Techniques and methods for analysing population health data - surveillance qualitative
  • Data from the use of health and other services
  • Legal and ethical frameworks for the use of data

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an ability to critically apply appropriate techniques and methods to the analysis of health data for populations and population groups.
  2. Critically appraise and apply appropriate data and survey methods to assess the health and wellbeing of populations and population groups within an applicable legal and ethical framework.

Module Aims
To develop knowledge of a range of effective strategic leadership, organisational and management skills in a variety of complex public health situations and contexts, dealing effectively with uncertainty and the unexpected to achieve public health goals.

Module Content

  • Leadership
  • Policy development
  • Change/project management
  • Partnership
  • Working within and with communities
  • Implementation of public health interventions in complex settings

Learning Outcomes

  1. To assess, communicate and understand the management of different kinds of risks including health, financial, reputational and political.
  2. To critically apply influencing and negotiating skills in a variety of complex settings to advocate for public health issues.

Module Aims

  • To critically apply the evidence base to address issues within public health care systems.
  • To develop an understanding of needs assessment and health impact assessment to support evidence-based interventions.
  • To develop skills in pathway development for integrated services.

Module Content

  • Understanding of health protection risk
  • Understanding of environmental determinants of disease and disease control
  • Identifying and managing an outbreak
  • Identifying and managing an incident
  • Surveillance: Immunisation and screening
  • Health protection: legal

Learning Outcomes

  1. Use appropriate data and evidence to critically apply the appropriate techniques and methods to identify and assess the risks and hazards of communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases, relevant to health protection.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to coordinate appropriate public health responses, communicating effective interventions to protect populations by preventing communicable and non-communicable disease, ensuring that this is supported by the critical application of robust evidence.

Module Aims

  • To critically apply the evidence base to address issues within public health care systems.
  • To develop an understanding of needs assessment and health impact assessment to support evidence-based interventions.
  • To develop skills in pathway development for integrated services.

Module Content

  • Understanding organisation and management of care and healthcare systems
  • Understanding needs assessment
  • Understanding health impact assessment
  • Working to protect equality and diversity
  • Understanding quality and risk in health care
  • Understanding patient pathways and the transformation of patient pathways

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically apply the evidence base to the factors that impact on public health issues within a variety of health and care systems, whilst reflecting on the strength, weaknesses and limitations of using robust data and evidence.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to critically apply appropriate techniques and methods to the analysis of health care public health issues and linked health data and evidence for populations and population groups, and protect the health of populations in a healthcare environment.

Assessment Methods

The pg diploma in public health online course places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of real life scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based practice.

Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.

The six modules on the post graduate diploma in public health online have the same assessment format and for all modules, you will be assigned a dedicated expert tutor.

Your tutor will then facilitate case discussions with the group, whilst monitoring, assessing and marking your work throughout. You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependent on the module.

These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your every day work and practice. Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis.

Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies. Our dedicated Student Support Team are also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.

  • Every week students are presented with two/three clinical case-based scenarios that are reflective of every day clinical practice and research.
  • Your tutor will post a number of questions and prompts to aid students in a formal discussion of each case.
  • These discussions are facilitated throughout by your tutor and are then assessed at the end of every module.

The reflective journal is used by students throughout each module to monitor personal progress. This is guided by weekly feedback from your tutor and is graded at the end of every module. The journal typically includes the following:

  • Initial expectations and reasons for taking the course.
  • Module and/or personal learning objectives.
  • Description of events, issues and learning points within current personal practice.
  • Change in every day practice due to knowledge gained on each module.
  • A description of what has been learned during the module.

For this assessment, students will work on a group assignment and/or an individual assignment.

  • Group assignments are designed to hone skills in the multidisciplinary, holistic approach to modern treatments and patient management by requiring group participation in a single piece of work.
  • Individual assignments are designed to hone skills in academic career progression through such tasks as reviewing papers, developing scientific posters or abstracts, peer-reviewing, social media activities, patient information leaflets, and essays.
  • Students are provided with case-based problems in the form of a one-hour timed examination.
  • The exam consists of 30 'Single Best Answer' questions.
  • Students are required to complete the exam online within the set time.

Entry requirements

Since our courses are conducted entirely online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.

Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare or management field.

Registered healthcare professionals or experienced managers working in the healthcare field, without these recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account. In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.

Documents Required

  • A copy of your updated CV including your address and date of birth.
  • A copy of your undergraduate degree certificate.
  • The name and email address of someone who is able to provide a reference, this can be a work colleague, employer or former tutor.
  • A detailed personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the course.
  • A copy of your proof of English competency (see below).

English Language Requirements
Proficiency in the English language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not meet these requirements, please don’t worry. The University of South Wales run a number of English Language Programmes at the Centre for International English to prepare you for your academic studies. You can also contact our admissions team on admissions@diploma-msc.com for more information on the qualifications we accept.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for September 2022:
£4,500
Application deadline - 15th August 2022

Option 1: Upfront Payment in full. Option 2: Interest free payments every other month for the duration of the course.

DateInstalmentsUp-Front Payments
Deposit payable on acceptance†£750£750
1st November 2022£750£3,750
1st January 2023£750
1st March 2023£750
1st May 2023£750
1st July 2023£750

† Deposits are non-refundable

Option 3: Lower monthly payments by spreading the cost for between 2 and 8 years with our lending partner Lendwise.

*Subject to eligibility criteria.

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Learna | Diploma MSc has a partnership with Lendwise who is a leading private student loan provider, to help you fund your course fees should you require financing. Lendwise is a UK-based education finance platform through which candidates can fund their postgraduate and professional qualification studies at leading educational institutions.

A Lendwise loan comes with a fixed interest rate for the duration of the loan (between 2 and 8 years) and no early repayment penalties. The interest rate offered will depend on the overall applicant profile and the application process is entirely online.

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Why Learna

We have over 10 years’ experience delivering online diploma courses, giving you access to flexible, affordable distance learning in partnership with world-leading educators.

Our courses are some of the most affordable of their kind, providing value for money without compromising on quality. We also don't apply an international surcharge. No fixed timetable means you can log in & learn on the go, at your convenience.

Being totally online means we can select the very best tutors and resource editors, no matter where they’re located.

Connect with multidisciplinary people around the world to expand your insights & broaden your career prospects.

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