MSc (one year full-time or three years part-time)
PgDip (eight months full-time or two years part-time)
PgCert (nine months part-time)
On this course, you'll receive instruction in core public health skills including epidemiology, statistics and research methods. As well as giving you the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of a range of topics; evidence-based public health; contemporary global public health issues, and work, health and wellbeing.
The course will equip you with the core skills you'll need to to effectively interpret and understand key areas of health research and how this can be used to inform and drive policy. You'll also learn how to use this insight to inform and drive public health.
During your time with us, you can tap inot the expertise and skills of our partners, who include external public health practitioners and research staff from across the University.
International Student Georgia talks about studying for MSc Public Health at the University of Salford.
The MSc Public Health adopts a multi-disciplinary, evidence-based approach, focusing on the social determinants of health.
The taught modules will give you core public health and epidemiology knowledge and skills, research methods and quantitative analysis skills, and give a focus on health inequality and the social determinants of health. You will also be exposed to a range of important issues that are recurrent in public health practice both nationally and globally.
This course runs full-time over one year or three years part-time, giving you the chance to exit with the following awards:
Year 1, Semester 1
Epidemiology and Statistics for Public Health (30 credits)
Evidence-Based Public Health (30 credits)
Year 2, Semesters 1 & 2
Research Methods Applied to Public Health (30 credits)
Choose either of the following 30 credits modules:
Contemporary Global Public Health (30 credits)
Work, Health and Wellbeing (30 credits)
Dissertation module (60 credits)
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.
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).
International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English - IELTS 6.5 band score or a score of TOEFL at 575 or above (232 computer based) with a TWE of 4.0 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 in our School of Languages.
This course is suitable for should you want to develop an understanding of public health problems and intelligently appraise the debates over contemporary public health issues.
We are looking for applicants who are passionate about working towards improving public health and reducing health inequalities.
To accommodate different learning styles and prior student experiences, a combination of teaching and learning strategies are used throughout the course. These include:course comprises a structured teaching programme within which a variety of teaching methods will be used, to include lectures, case studies, individual and group work, independent learning, student led presentations/discussions, seminars.
You will also have access to the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard, where you can tap into online resources including discussion boards and wikis.
Assessment will be based on a variety of strategies to include:
The Public Health team comprise:
Professor Eileen Fairhurst
Professor Lindsey Dugdill
Dr. Margaret Coffey
Professor Penny Cook
Lindsey is Professor in Public Health at the University of Salford. Her PhD focused on the development and evaluation of workplace health interventions and she published work on health evaluation in the workplace for the World Health Organisation (1999; 2001). Lindsey was also research advisor to the "Health at Work in the NHS programme" with the Health Development Agency (1994-2000). She has contributed to national expert groups such as Department of Health Obesity Task Force (2005) and CMO task group on Physical Activity (2012). She led a review of the evidence regarding workplace physical interventions for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellecne (NICE, 2007) and was a member of the NICE Programme Development Group for Children's Physical Activity guidelines (2009). She has also worked as a panel member with the National Obesity Observatory (2008-12) in support of the production of Standard Evaluation Frameworks for evaluating, physical activity and nutrition interventions.
More individual profiles of these staff can be found at:
Associated Honorary Staff:
Professor Ruth Hussey – formerly the Regional Director of Public Health
Professor Mike Kelly – Director, Unit of Public Health, National Institute of Health & Clinical Excellence
Mel Sirotkin – Centre Director of Public Health england - Cheshire and Merseyside
Professionals who wish to develop the skills and knowledge to take a lead role in areas such as prevention, promotion, protection and international health.
With this qualification, you'll be well placed to apply for public health roles in local or national government health departments. The range of jobs varies widely, and can include health promotion, health policy development, research or health advocacy.
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.
An option for further study includes undertaking a research degree for which the University of Salford has an international reputation for using innovation and creativity to find solutions to ‘real-world’ problems see Postgraduate Research at Salford
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Part-time||£6,300 (£2,625 for year one and two, £1,050 for dissertation year)|
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