Master of Public Health
(Now enrolling for January 2024)
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.
- Evidence based public health practice
- Interdisciplinary and inter-professional working – geared towards joint working
- Impact/outcomes driven including the reduction of global heath inequalities
- 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.
|Modules (ALL COMPULSORY)|
|Trimester 1 (15 weeks)||Trimester 2 (15 weeks)|
|Principles and Theory of Public Health for Health Improvement
|Leadership and Collaborative Working in Public Health
|Trimester 3 (15 weeks)||Trimester 4 (15 weeks)|
|*Contemporary Global Issues in Public Health
*offered every Trimester 2 & 3
|Trimesters 5 and 6 (15-30 weeks)|
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
This module aims to enhance your knowledge and understanding in relation to the key principles and theories underpinning public health and how these apply to public health practice for health improvement. This will include an overview of the history of public health and the current theoretical frameworks. The principles of health needs assessment will be examined. The importance of public health policies as well as factors influencing the formulation of public health policies will be explored. Additionally, you will critically explore the impact of social determinants of health and reflect upon the extent to which public health practice is evidence based.
This module aims to enable you to critically appreciate the interdependencies between public health policy drivers (including epidemiological evidence and other public health intelligence information) and the varied dimensions of resultant health policy responses; critically explore the principles, practice and context of epidemiological research applications in public health policy and intervention contexts; critically evaluate aspects of the knowledge transfer process in relation to public health policy formation, including the creation, organisation, function and diffusion of public health responses.
Leadership and Collaborative Working in Public Health
This module aims to enhance student knowledge and understanding in relation to the theories and models of leadership and management relevant to public health. Students will explore theories of leadership, collaboration and partnership and their implications for health improvement in public health settings. Different public health contexts including community development, health promoting projects, health services and emergency planning will be explored. Students will reflect on their learning needs in relation to skills for collaborative leadership for service improvement. Students will also critically consider other models for planning, implementing, leading and evaluating public health projects in a range of contexts.
The module will include the following content:
• Theories and models of leadership, management, and collaborative working
• Differing contexts within public health leadership such as community development, health promotion projects, working with health services and other agencies and emergency planning
• The challenges and benefits of working with stakeholders such as service users, community groups and policy makers when leading public health initiatives
• Models and frameworks for public health implementation
• Negotiation and influencing skills
• Professional boundaries and identities and implications for inter-professional and inter agency working in public health
This module aims to enable you to critically appreciate the value of empirical literature, research design and data interpretation, relating to public health. The module will provide further knowledge on the critical appraisal of evidence from published literature, qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, structured literature reviewing, ethics, data collection and analysis. The intention is for you to be able to discriminate between different research methodologies suitable to answer specific pertinent public health questions.
The master’s dissertation is a cumulation of your learning and knowledge gained from undertaking the modules during your master’s journey to independently carry out a piece of research, either through conducting a literature review, original primary research (small scale study) or writing of a substantial research proposal (that can be taken forward for doctoral study) on a topic aligned to public health and your research interests.
• How to choose your research topic and develop an original research question
• How to choose an appropriate and feasible research design in order to answer your research question
• How to develop a literature search strategy
• Critical appraisal of literature using standardised tools
• How to navigate ethical and research governance issues
• Methods of data collection/extraction
• Analysis and synthesis of data
• Writing up your project
- 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.
- 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.