Public Health

Part-time study available
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Public Health at Salford:

  • Gain a public health qualification that explores the social determinants of health
  • Learn the skills which matches the Public Health Skills and Career Framework(2008) and Faculty of the UK Royal College of Physicians skills frameworks
  • Develop a multidisciplinary, evidence-based approach to public health.

Key Information

Start Dates: September

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)

Course Summary

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.

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International Student  Georgia talks about studying for MSc Public Health at the University of Salford.

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Course Details

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:


  • Postgraduate Diploma: four modules over eight months
  • Masters: four modules plus a dissertation over one year
  • There is no option to complete the PgCert on a full-time basis


  • Postgraduate Certificate: two modules over eight months
  • Postgraduate Diploma: four modules over two years
  • Masters: four plus a dissertation over three years The taught component of this course consists of predominantly 30 credit modules.


Year 1, Semester 1 and 2 Core Modules

You will gain advanced knowledge of the principles of epidemiology and statistics in public health along with how to design a simple epidemiological study and understand the key concepts of study protocol. You will develop the capability to thoroughly and critically assess health status, health needs and analyse the biopsychosocial factors that determine a person's health.
In this module you will learn about contemporary issues and debates in research, the nature, role and context of research in health and social care and the theoretical issues and approaches to research. You will master developing research questions and hypotheses, search for evidence and information and form a critical review of existing research.
You will develop an understanding of the key determinants of health and an awareness of the social context of public health and the importance of using the current best evidence in making decisions in the areas of health protection, disease prevention, health maintenance and promotion.

Optional module - Semester 1 and 2

This module aims to provide a blend of understanding between global public health issues and also how aspects of the 21st century are impacting these both in relation to what the current issues are and also in terms of how we are intervening and monitoring issues. In this module you will develop an understanding of the key issues and challenges for global public health in the 21st century. You will also develop an understanding of public health systems, policies and practice globally. With it increasing use and influence you will also learn about the use of digital and media technology within a global public health context.
You will develop an understanding of approaches to improving workplace health, including the role of policy in workplace health and wellbeing. You will also gain an awareness of the key challenges workplaces face in the 21st century in relation to health and wellbeing (e.g. technology, measuring and improving health and wellbeing, psychological wellbeing). This module aims to take a global, national and local perspective to work, health and wellbeing.

Semester 3

You will showcase critical knowledge and application of research/inquiry methods, critical knowledge of salient professional and clinical organisational issues and other issues relating to your practice. You will need to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of research/inquiry techniques applicable to your area of practice to enhance research and advance scholarship.

Part-time Structure

Year 1, Semester 1

Epidemiology and Statistics for Public Health (30 credits)

Semester 2

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)

Year 3

Dissertation module (60 credits)

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.

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.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

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 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 should you want to develop an understanding of public health problems and intelligently appraise the debates over contemporary public health issues.

Applicant profile

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


International Students - Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

International Students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.

You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team at If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on

You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link:


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.

  • Lectures
  • Case studies
  • Individual and groups 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:

  • Written assessments
  • Examinations
  • Project reports
  • Oral presentations
  • Research project/dissertation

Postgraduate Staff Profile

The Public Health team comprise:
Professor Eileen Fairhurst
Professor Lindsey Dugdill
Dr. Margaret Coffey
Professor Penny Cook
Anna Cooper

Professor Lindsey Dugdill

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.

Career Prospects

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.

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

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

Fees and Funding

Fees 2014-15

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£6,300 (£2,625 for year one and two, £1,050 for dissertation year)
Full-time International£12,800

Fees 2015-16

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£2,675 for year one
Full-time International£13,050

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section