MSc in Public Health (Distance Learning)This course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to address diverse global public health issues. The course covers promoting health and prevention of diseases; the provision and evaluation of treatment and care; and the investigation and control of environmental threats to health. The emphasis is on the use, development, and evaluation of conceptual models, methods of analysis, and practical, effective interventions.The course draws on a wide range of health and social science disciplines. It is interactive, using exercises that build on the personal experience of participants. Students can choose a more general course or specialize in one of the following four areas:
Public Health (General)
Public Health (Environment and Health)
Public Health (Health Promotion)
Public Health (Health Services Management)
Applicants come from diverse backgrounds. Many are health professionals working at a service or policy level, while others wish to obtain public health skills that they can apply to their work in development, community services, government, research or teaching.
Aims and ObjectivesThis course aims to develop:
the knowledge and skills to contribute to the health of populations, communities and disadvantaged groups
the ability to apply the core disciplines of public health (statistics, epidemiology, health economics and social research) to real-world health problems
a deeper understanding of public health issues and an academic qualification that will enhance your career development in health-related fields
Course StructureThe course begins with 4 compulsory modules:
Basic Statistics for Public Health and Policy
Introduction to Health Economics
Principles of Social Research
These are followed by two additional modules, selected from the following list:Issues in Public Health; Environment, Health & Sustainable Development; Health Promotion Theory; Health Services; and Health Policy, Process & Power.To complete the MSc, seven elective modules must be studied from the list below in addition to a stream-specific compulsory module OR four from the list, the stream-specific compulsory module and complete a final year project. Those choosing the General stream must select eight elective modules from the list below OR five from the list and complete a final year project.Analytical Models for Decision Making; Communicable Disease Control; Economic Analysis for Management & Policy; Economic Evaluation; Environmental Epidemiology; Environmental Health Policy; Health Care Evaluation; Financial Management; Globalisation & Health; Managing Health Services; Medical Anthropology in Public Health; Organisational Management; Principles and Practice of Health Promotion; Conflict and Health; History and Health; and Sexual Health.The stream-specific compulsory modules are: Environmental Health Policy (for the Environment and Health stream); Health Promotion Practice (for the Health Promotion stream); and Organisational Management (for the Health Services Management stream)MSc students may also be eligible for the 'blended learning option', which allows for the study of two of the advanced modules specified above in London at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine during the spring or summer terms in place of distance learning modules.
Course DurationEach compulsory module will require 100-125 hours learning time. Each elective module will require 80-100 hours learning time.MSc students have a minimum of two and a maximum of five years to complete their qualification.
Academic RequirementsOne of the following:
A first or second-class honors degree, or the equivalent, from a university or other institution acceptable to the University of London, in a subject appropriate to the course
An appropriate professional or technical qualification, together with at least three years' relevant experience, which satisfies the University as a qualification equivalent to a second class honors degree. All applications in this category will be considered on an individual basis
Students who do not satisfy the above requirements may still be admitted at the discretion of the School on the basis of their academic qualifications, work experience, and references.
Language RequirementsFor awards at FHEQ level 7, students must provide satisfactory evidence showing that they have passed within the previous three years a test of proficiency in English at the following minimum level:
IELTS with an overall average of at least 7 with a minimum of 7 in written sub-test, or
TOEFL score of 600 (or 250 in the computerized test) and a minimum of 5 in the TWE, or
A British Council (IELTS) overall score of 7 or over with a minimum of 7 in the written sub-test, or
TOEFL iBT with a minimum overall score of 100 including a minimum score of 24 in the test of written English taken within the last 3 years.
Where an applicant does not meet the prescribed English language proficiency requirements but believes they can demonstrate the requisite proficiency for admission the University may, at its discretion, consider the application.
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