About This Course
This Doctorate provides students with a rigorous framework for the development and synthesis of empirical, professional and organisational knowledge in the area of public health, including the development of knowledge and skills in public health and health promotion theory, research and practice, focusing on current priorities and challenges that involve ethical, economic, political, societal and cultural factors.
Reflecting the diverse nature of public health, the Doctorate in Public Health enables applied practitioners to adopt leadership roles and advance their career. It does this by providing students with a structured programme to advance scholarship within their professional practice in public health. A taught programme will allow students to develop a more in-depth knowledge of subject areas such as utilizing clinical trials and greater knowledge of discrete public health areas such as co-producing health or nutrition or skills in evidence-synthesis. It will also provide a core set of skills required to manage change, lead public health programmes, and to work with individuals, groups and communities. This is augmented by optional modules that broaden the students’ experience. Furthermore, candidates will complete a substantive piece of research focused on examining key areas of public health, health promotion and research.
3 years full-time, 5 years part-time
The academics involved with this programme have extensive links with external bodies, companies and the Third Sector which are fully utilised in ensuring that the modules are relevant to the modern work and research environment graduates will enter. This course utilises the health services research expertise embedded in the Bangor Institute of Health and Medical Research as well as the practical knowledge of experienced nurses and who still have active links to the local Health Board ensuring that modern clinical practice is embedded within the programme.
Credits: 540 credits with a minimum of 360 credits at Level 8. The remaining credit must normally be at Level 7.
What will you study on this course?
During the course the combination of taught and research components will provide students with a range of outcomes, including:
- An in-depth knowledge and understanding of specific issues at the forefront of theory and practice in students’ professional fields in the arena of public health and health promotion, that enables them to critically evaluate research and provide possible alternative hypotheses.
- A comprehensive understanding of relevant research and scholarly approaches applicable to practice and service improvement in the arena of public health and health promotion, with an informed knowledge of how the results of this application may improve public health orientated practice and develop research ideas/policy.
- An ability to develop originality in inquiry, independent thinking and theoretical concepts as part of scholarly activities.
The taught component:
The taught component comprises a range of core and optional modules. These modules adopt a variety of teaching and learning strategies, including seminars, lecturers, e- learning platforms and action learning groups. They utilise a range of assessment strategies, including written assignments, developing a research proposal, on-line assessments, blogs and presentations.
The research component
The research component will be completed in parallel with the taught modules, so that they inform and influence the development of a research study, guided by ongoing supervision during the programme.
Students will be able to choose a topic that suits their professional or organisational goals in consultation with their supervisory team. The assessment will focus on the completion of a thesis consisting of up to 60, 000-word thesis.
Admission by undergraduate degree
Successful completion of bachelor’s degree (Min 2:2) with significant experience in health service development. Students will be expected to be working in a role which has the capacity to support achievement of the course aims and objectives, and to be able to demonstrate organisational support.
Admission by Experience: Mature student status
A candidate may be considered for acceptance provided that they have relevant work experience and have strong references and personal statement. Usually, under such circumstances, the candidate would be invited for an interview where circumstances allowed (e.g. face-to-face, Skype, telephone).
English language requirement - IELTS 6.5 on all components OR specific English Language requirements by country AND application must include personal statement.
For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.
Ask the International Education Centre (IEC) for assistance...
If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available contact the International Education Centre on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This course is intended to support the academic and career progression of healthcare professionals working in, or aspiring to senior roles within UK and international public health bodies and those working with a public health /health promotion brief in health and social care organisations. Graduates will be well placed to take advantage of role developments in health care, such as non-medical consultatship. Where relevant, module and course learning outcomes will be mapped against the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework and the Skills for Health Framework to support career progression.