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21st Century Global Public Health Challenges

Level 7 (30 credits)

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Psychology and Public Health

Start Date(s): February


One semester.

In Brief:

  • Delivered by staff who are experts in their field
  • Provides the opportunity to explore health, on a global scale, including its context, determinants and inequalities
  • Provides key transferrable skills, such as the ability to critically evaluate public health in different countries and understand the key factors contributing to successes
  • A part-time only course

Course Summary

You can take this course as a single module for continuing professional development, or as part of  MSc Public Health.

The aim of this module is to increase critical awareness of the key global public health challenges for the 21st Century. It further aims to allow students to develop a critical understanding of approaches to improving global public health, including the role of systems, policy and practice, and the use of digital and media technology.

The University of Salford’s School of Health Sciences is an institutional member of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER).

Entry Requirements

An Honours degree – normally 2.2 or above, preferably in a health related subject.

An equivalent academic or professional qualification from the UK or elsewhere.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English - IELTS 6.5 (no element below 5.5) band score or above are proof of this. If your current English language qualification is below this level, you may be able to take one of the many pre-sessional English courses.

Suitable For

This course is suitable for those who want to develop a comprehensive understanding of the key determinants of the social context of public health.

Applicant profile

We are looking for applicants who are passionate about working towards improving public health and reducing health inequalities.


Lectures, tutorials, case studies/problem-based scenarios, small group work and guided independent study to facilitate the development of critical reasoning and foster participation and interaction.

Formative assessment is provided orally, in class, or during office hours.

Teaching strategies will maximise the potential of online deliveries with Blackboard.


Assessment will be based on two strategies to include:

  • Oral assessment/presentation – 40%
  • Written assessment – 60%

Postgraduate Staff Profile

The Public Health team comprises:

*   Dr. Margaret Coffey 
*   Professor Penny Cook
*   Dr. Anna Cooper-Ryan (Programme Leader)
*   Alex Clarke-Cornwell

Dr Margaret Coffey
Dr. Margaret Coffey is a Reader in Public Health. She has a first class degree in Health (2000) and a PhD (2004) titled ‘Stress in the Workplace – An Action Research Case Study of Social Services’.

Margaret’s research focuses on two distinct but interrelated areas: work based health and wellbeing, and health improvement in deprived populations, for which work, or lack of work, are key determinants of health. The unifying theme of her research is the desire to identify the underlying determinants of issues such as: stress, absenteeism and ill health in order to inform the development of specific solutions in a participatory way.

Margaret’s expertise in research is evidenced by an Emerald Literary Award won in 2010 in respect of the ‘Outstanding Paper Award’ for the International Journal of Workplace Health Management, for the paper – ‘Designing a Stress Management Intervention in Social Services’ - Coffey M., Dugdill L., & Tattersall A., (2009). More recently, in 2011, the 'Working Well Team' (Christine Parker, Tamara Brown, Lindsey Dugdill and Margaret Coffey, Vicki Dickens, Teresa Barrett and  Krista Hopkinson)  won a Chartered  Society  of Physiotherapists Award for Research & Practice.

More individual profiles of these staff can be found at:


Professionals who wish to develop the skills and knowledge to take a lead role in areas such as prevention, promotion, protection and international health.

Career Prospects

This module can be taken as stand-alone for the purposes of continuing professional development. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of a range of contemporary global public health issues.

Links with Industry

Lecturers on the MSc Public Health have close links with a range of national and international agencies and community partnership, most through research, with an ‘applied’ focus. Examples of these links include: The World Health Organisation’s Collaborating centre for Research in Oral Health in Deprived Communities; The Royal Society for Public Health; The NHS; Department of Health; Strategic Health Authority; and The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE).

The benefits of these links to students include: research informed teaching; a strong applied focus to the programme; the opportunity to engage with key public health professionals and practitioners; and access to an exciting seminar series, including speakers of international renown.

Further Study

MSc Public Health

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