Public Health Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/MPH

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The Master of Public Health (MPH) is aimed at those who wish to develop their careers in the broad field of public health. It will also benefit those who wish to improve their ability to promote the health of the public as part of their current professional role.

caption: Master of Public Health at Northumbria UniversityThe course offers an opportunity to develop postgraduate research and enquiry skills, and develop a critical understanding of their application in a public health employment context. The students on this course come from a variety of public health backgrounds and from countries other than the UK. Therefore students will have the opportunity to undertake some collaborative learning with students from countries across the world.

Students will be encouraged to reflect on current public health concerns and practice issues in the light of new learning and to apply this new learning to their current or future workplace or practice.

Aims of the course:

  • To provide a strong central theme of research and evaluation in order to allow students to fully comprehend the nature of evidence-based public health
  • To enable students to critically appraise methods of measuring, describing and monitoring population health and disease
  • To critically analyse the links between social, economic, biological and environmental determinants of health
  • To explore the social and political contexts of public health activity and policy, including health protection and ethical decision making
  • To enable students to critically appraise a range of interventions to improve health
  • To consider the principles, practice and effectiveness of partnership working in public health and community development
  • To develop the knowledge and skills necessary for the planning and management of public health courses.

The course does not include placements or work experience but class based sessions will involve experts from a range of public health areas.

Students may exit after 60 credits (PG Certificate) or continue to PG Diploma (120 credits) or Masters level (180 credits).

The teaching and learning strategies used on the course will be creative and varied. Students will experience lectures, seminars, group work case studies, enquiry based learning exercises, skills development sessions, project-related work (facilitated by group supervision), and directed and independent study. Students will be required to reflect critically on current public health issues in applying their new learning to their own public health role and their workplace.

The assessment methods used in the course will be flexible enough to allow all students, whatever their professional or academic background, to draw on their public health knowledge and experience. The actual assessment formats will vary in order to allow students to fully demonstrate their learning from each module.

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Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time (September) or 20 months (January)

Department Public Health and Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus

City Newcastle

Start January 2017

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