Edinburgh Napier University / Southpoint Education International

Master of Public Health

Master of Public Health

(Now enrolling for January 2025)


This programme aims to equip students with real knowledge and skills fit to achieve changes in practice relevant to contemporary public health challenges in a global context. The programme applies a practical and applied approach to explore how public health problems (for example health inequalities, pandemics, epidemics etc.) can be analysed and understood, solutions designed, evaluated, and implemented. This is very much about transforming practice and getting evidence into practice.  To support this four key themes run through the modules on the programme.

  1. Evidence based public health practice
  2. Interdisciplinary and inter-professional working – geared towards joint working
  3. Impact/outcomes driven including the reduction of global heath inequalities
  4. Implementation and evaluation of services.


The learning outcomes for this programme have been mapped to the Faculty of Public Health’s competency framework (2015), the Royal Society of Public Health’s Standards which in turn maps to the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework and Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (Department of Health 2016).

Earn a world class Masters for under $10,000.

MSc Health Social Care

Trimester 1 (15 weeks) Trimester 2 (15 weeks)
Applied Epidemiology


20 Credits

Principles and Theory of Public Health for Health Improvement


20 Credits

Leadership and Collaborative Working in Public Health


20 Credits

Trimester 3 (15 weeks) Trimester 4 (15 weeks)
*Contemporary Global Issues in Public Health

*offered every Trimester 2 & 3

40 Credits

Research Methods

20 Credits

Trimesters 5 and 6 (15-30 weeks)

60 Credits



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  • Contemporary Global Issues in Public Health

    This module aims to examine contemporary global health issues as identified by the World Health Organization (WHO 2020). Its aim is to equip students to develop critical understanding and in-depth knowledge of the issues that impact on global health. By global health we mean health issues impacting across the world including locally, regionally and nationally in Scotland and the UK. You will critically examine the evidence that may inform solutions to global health challenges by applying the principles of public health policy. Issues pertaining to health practice, the law and related human and equality rights will be critically examined to explore how they impact on both individuals and communities with respect to particular health needs.

    Our focus on public health issues will encompass both communicable and non-communicable diseases; from a primary, secondary and tertiary prevention perspective. Examples of topics include HIV, COVID, obesity, drug and alcohol addiction, and domestic violence. For communicable diseases, we will also include public health practices in surveillance, infection control and outbreak management. We will also explore examples of the public health impact of disasters on communities and a range of associated public health responses to the management of these. Throughout this module, you will review the role of public healthcare professionals as part of a wider disciplinary team and critically analyse the value of the wider team(s) considering how this collaborative approach can positively impact on public health issues in a variety of situations.

  • Principles and Theory of Public Health for Health Improvement

  • Applied Epidemiology

  • Leadership and Collaborative Working in Public Health

  • Research Methods

  • Dissertation

  • Assessments are completed and submitted through the secure learning environment. The schedule for assessments is published in advance. There are no formal exams – assessment is by end of unit quizzes and end of module assignments.
  • The Master of Public Health is comprised of five “taught” modules and a Dissertation to a timescale that matches your requirements, but can be completed in a minimum of 24 months.
Admissions Criteria
  • Ideally, you will hold a first degree at 2:2 or above, or an equivalent qualification in a subject related to health or health sciences for entry into this programme.
  • Alternatively, you may have an equivalent professional qualification, or public health experience which demonstrates through our recognition of prior learning process that you have appropriate knowledge and skills at SCQF level 10.
  • People who do not possess a first degree may be enrolled in the first instance as an Associate student for the first trimester. Satisfactory performance from two modules may then result in registration on the Master of Public Health programme.
  • Holders of the ENU BSc Nursing Studies degree will be eligible to apply.

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