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Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health

This course is subject to validation.

Course Information

On successful completion of this course, you will receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health.

This course 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.

The successful completion of this course will enable graduates to:

  • Apply conceptual and practical understanding of Public Health for direct population benefit/service development.
  • Critically appraise current developments and guidance in Public Health and have an ability to implement evidence-based public health protection, improvement and care.
  • Critically apply an advanced knowledge of Public Health to decision making in unpredictable and/or complex situations.
  • 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.
  • Critically appraise current and potential practical interventions for use in a variety of public health care settings.
  • Initiate and lead complex processes and public health strategies within the context of the multidisciplinary team.

Course Structure

Our online Public Health Postgraduate Diploma 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.

Entry Requirements

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

Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a science based subject and will have some evidence of public health study including epidemiology and/or statistics. Applicants will typically be working within Public Health or have an interest in Public Health (students will need to reflect on their learning and so being able to apply knowledge learnt into practice is required). Registered healthcare professionals 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 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 [email protected] for more information on the qualifications we accept.


Teaching Methods

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts. Find out more about our world-class tutors on the Public Health Team page.


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

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.

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.


Orientation and Study Skills Week (online)

Once you have secured your place on the course you will be invited to participate in our Orientation and Study Skills week, held in the week preceding the start of the course. This will prepare you for your course and take you through how to navigate the learning platform, course format and teaching methods, the assessments for each module, research skills and good academic practise.


Assessments

The Public Health course places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of public health focused scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.

The six modules on the course 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.

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.

  • 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.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for February 2021: £4,500
Total Course Fees for UK & International
Students for February 2021:
£4,500

Application deadline - February 5th 2021

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Instalments Up-Front Payments
Deposit payable
on acceptance
£750 £4500
1st May 2021 £750
1st July 2021 £750
1st Sept 2021 £750
1st Nov 2021 £750
1st Jan 2022 £750

Deposits are non-refundable


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