Public Health MSc

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Our flexible master's in public health, distance learning 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.

MSc Public Health

Next intake: 2023 MarchKey Facts

Awarding University
University of South Wales
Commitment
Part-time
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
13th February 2023
Course start date
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.

On completion of this master's in public health and distance learning course graduates will be able to:

Apply conceptual and practical understanding of Public Health for direct population benefit/service development.

  • Critically apply an advanced knowledge of Public Health to decision making in unpredictable and/or complex situations.
  • Demonstrate reflection and creativity in addressing complex issues that involve many interacting factors in the advancement of public health.
  • Critically appraise current and potential practical interventions for use in a variety of public health care settings.


Next intake: 2023 March Key Facts

Awarding University
University of South Wales
Commitment
Part-time
Format
100% Online
Duration
24 months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
13th February 2023
Course start date
Fees
TBA

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Who is this course for?

This masters in public health (distance learning) 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

The masters in public health is a two year course, consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the Postgraduate Diploma. The second year of the msc in public health course starts with an initial 10 week online module that will develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. Students then complete the professional project module, which consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project (dissertation).

Year 1

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.

Year 2

Module Aims
To prepare students for an independent research-based project by developing skills in selecting, appraising, discriminating, using evidence and appropriate research/investigative methods to address relevant topics for investigation.

Module Content

  • Quantitative Studies
  • Statistical Analysis Interpretation
  • Interpreting the Evidence
  • Meta-analysis and Systematic Reviews
  • Qualitative Studies
  • Evidence Appraisal: Interpreting, Weighing and Synthesizing the Evidence
  • Audit, Governance and Quality Improvement, Health Economics
  • Preparing a Research Proposal: Research Committees, Consent, Ethics, Probity and Literature Review

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically analyse and interpret research to assess its application to delivery/service development.
  2. Select and apply different methodological approaches and tools to answer research questions in your field of practice.

Module Aims

  • To formulate the research question that you seek to answer.
  • To develop an ability to critically evaluate areas of professional practice.
  • To critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and organisational practice.
  • To develop skills in independent research and study.
  • To develop skills relevant to scientific publications.

Content Summary
The module will depend on formulating the question and the creation of a piece of work based upon a specific public health related project relevant to the person's practice. This project may comprise:

  • Systematic literature review and appraisal of the evidence.
  • Audit of non-patient data/organisational audit.
  • Review and implementation of evidence-based practice.
  • Literature review and qualitative or quantitative research proposal.
  • Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.
  • Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment.
  • Secondary data analysis.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Design and undertake research and development project related to public health in order to produce an extensive piece of literature which may be suitable for peer-reviewed publication.
  2. Critically evaluate practice and suggest improvements or change.
  3. Incorporate knowledge of the research process in developing services appropriately.

Assessment Methods

The msc in public health course places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of clinical 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 first six modules on the public health 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. 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.

For the final module of the public health course you will be required to produce a piece of work based upon a project that is relevant to your practice. Once you have selected a specific project, you will submit a project summary/proposal of approximately 1,500 words.

Following the approval of your proposal you will then complete a 10,500 word professional project.

To produce the professional project you will continue to study online. Much of the work is self-directed, however you will receive guidance from your tutor throughout the module.

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.

Year 1

  • Every week students are presented with two/three clinical case-based scenarios that are reflective of every day clinical practice and research.
  • Tutors 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.

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.

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.
  • 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.

Year 2

This module runs over a 8 week period and is designed to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. The module consists of mandatory formative assessment activities to support your learning and development prior to the Professional Project module.

  • Students will work with their supervisor to submit a professional project proposal for their chosen topic.

  • Students will deliver an abstract (1000 words) outlining their proposal and, if deemed necessary, develop and submit documentation for the University’s ethical committee approval.

  • Students will create a dissertation, the theme of which has been developed in discussion with their tutor.
  • Supervision will normally involve direct online support involving planned progress, supporting research activity and reading student work.
  • Supervisors and students will agree on a communications plan, which may involve emails or online chats. Some students may employ the use of freely available chat or audio conferencing facilities for live discussion with supervisors.
  • Students will have access to online forums where they can develop their research capabilities together.
  • All communications with tutors will be logged on the Professional Project forum by the student, and consists of brief summaries of discussion.

Entry requirements

Since our public health course is 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 Public Health related field, such as a medical or nursing degree.

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 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.

Should you have already successfully completed the 1 year Postgraduate Diploma and wish to convert to the MSc and complete only the second year of the programme this is possible. Please contact our admissions department admissions@diploma-msc.com to find out more.

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