This degree covers : the whole breadth of public and global health allowing students to follow a general stream of study (Public Health stream), which focuses mainly on high- and middle-income countries, or to concentrate on one of five other streams (Environment and Health stream; Health Economics stream; Health Promotion stream; Health Services Management stream; Health Services Research stream).
The decision of which stream to follow will depend on the needs of the student and can be discussed with the Course Directors. See the Schools Website for more details on choosing a stream.
On successful completion of the course, students will receive an MSc degree in Public Health. This will reflect their choice of stream. In addition to the MSc in Public Health, other MSc courses at the School may be relevant to students with a public health interest and applicants should review the relevant pages of this website as follows: (i) MSc Public Health in Developing Countries - for those with an interest in developing countries; (ii) MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing - for applicants with a particular interest in health policy; (iii) MSc Public Health Nutrition - for those with a major interest in nutrition.
The MSc Public Health is full-time for one year or part-time over two years. Students taking the course over two years can choose to attend part-time throughout both years (this involves attending the School at least two days each week during term-time)
Alternatively, students taking the course by split study over two years attend full-time for part of Year 1 and then undertake the remainder of their course in Year 2. The split can occur anytime between the Christmas break and the end of the formal teaching in May, by prior arrangement with the Course Director. Paper 1 may be taken at the end of Year 1 or at the end of Year 2. Paper 2 must be taken at the end of Year 2. Interested applicants should indicate their choice on the application form.
For the MSc Public Health the normal entrance requirements are a second-class honors degree from a recognized university in science, social science, or other related subjects, or a degree in medicine, nursing or equivalent. However, applicants with an appropriate technical qualification and work experience, or equivalent qualifications, are also welcomed. Preference will be given to applicants with relevant work experience.
Applications should be made to the MSc Public Health in the first instance.
Term 1 Compulsory Modules (the Public Health common core)
In Term 1 all students on the MSc Public Health complete the Public Health common core, consisting of four compulsory modules. These are Basic Statistics for Public Health & Policy; Basic Epidemiology; Introduction to Health Economics; and Principles of Social Research.
Term 1 Additional Modules
All students also take two additional modules in Term 1. These are selected from the following five modules: Issues in Public Health; Health Promotion Theory; Health Services; Environment, Health & Sustainable Development; or Health Policy, Process & Power.
Important note: One of these modules may be compulsory for a particular stream. Those who have not completed the named module in Term 1 will not be able to take that stream in Terms 2 and 3.
Term 1 Supplementary Modules
Students unfamiliar with computers will need to take the introductory course in basic computer skills. Students are also encouraged to attend the Public Health Lecture Series and seminars organized by Research Modules.
Terms 2 and 3
By the middle of Term, 1 students must have selected one of the streams listed above. During Terms 2 and 3 all students will take a total of six study modules, one from each timetable slot. For most streams two of these modules are compulsory. Which modules these are, and what other modules are available, differs according to the stream. For the public health stream, only one module is compulsory. For the health services research stream three modules are compulsory. Details are given under each stream.
In addition, all students prepare a project report during the summer months (July - August), for submission by early September. The nature of this project may differ between streams, and the content must be relevant to the stream.