Public Health and Health Promotion MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Overview

Course facts

  • Name: Public Health and Health Promotion
  • Qualification: MSc/PgDip/PgCert
  • Duration: Full-time (1 year): The taught component and the Dissertation are completed within 1 year. Full-time (2 years): The taught component and the Dissertation are completed over 2 years. Part-time (3 years): The taught component is completed over 2 years, and the Dissertation is completed by the end of year 3.

The course is intended for all those interested in promoting health and well-being.

The course can be completed in three ways. First, there is the full-time course where the taught component and the Dissertation need to be completed within 1 year. The second option is to study full-time but over 2 years. The third option is to study part-time over 3 years; the taught component is completed over 2 years, and the Dissertation is completed by the end of year 3.

Programme philosophy

As the course is intended for those interested in promoting health and well-being, it has been developed in collaboration with practitioners and specialists in the field of public health and health promotion in the UK. The programme is aimed at multi-agency, multi-disciplinary and multi-professional UK and international students. This programme provides opportunity for students of public health and health promotion to develop their skills to manage change, lead public health programmes, and to work with individuals, groups and communities. The programme aims to develop people who:

  • Have Public Health and Health Promotion knowledge and skills
  • Understand the inter-relationships between the factors that influence health
  • Can critically analyse and reflect on public health and health promotion theory, research and practice
  • Can present evidence on the basis of underpinning theory and understanding
  • Have the necessary skills, motivation and commitment to engage in lifelong learning and continuing professional development.

Postgraduate students are recognised as individuals possessing substantial knowledge and experience; their contributions are of value, and can enhance the learning experiences of the other students.

Intended programme outcomes

The course provides opportunities for students to achieve and demonstrate the following learning outcomes.

Knowledge and understanding

Students will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • Social and behavioural sciences: the social, psychological, political and cultural influences affecting health promotion and public health policy and practice.
  • Health economics: the key concepts of scarcity, choice and opportunity cost in health economics.
  • Research: quantitative and qualitative research, their approaches to scientific inquiry, their methodologies and related methods.
  • Epidemiology: epidemiological principles and research to inform public health and health promotion.
  • Principles and practice of public health promotion: the theory and practice of health promotion within the new public health agenda.

Subject Specific Skills

Students will have opportunities to:

  • Develop surveillance and assessment skills relating to the population’s health and well-being.
  • Critically understand the skills needed for promoting and protecting the population’s health and well-being.
  • Develop strategic qualities to improve health and well-being.
  • Develop skills in working with, and for, communities to improve health and well-being.
  • Promote people’s equality, diversity and rights.
  • Ethically manage self, people and resources to improve health and well-being.
  • Conduct and/or interpret health promotion and public health research. 

Cognitive (thinking) Skills

Students will have the ability to:

  • Recognise, critically analyse, and apply theories, paradigms, concepts and principles of public health and health promotion.
  • Critically understand research and development.
  • Analyse, synthesise, and apply information logically and critically.
  • Reflect and utilise reflection to enhance self-awareness, knowledge and skills. 

Key Skills

Students will be able to:

  • Critically analyse knowledge from relevant sources to develop and present coherent arguments.
  • Communicate clearly, concisely, and confidently in spoken and written formats.
  • Plan, perform and report on public health and health promotion data with due regard to ethical issues.
  • Use and interpret evidence critically.
  • Develop the capacity for independent learning and effective utilisation of available resources.
  • Use IT skills, effectively utilising computing and word processing facilities, electronic databases and Blackboard.

 

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

Full time 1 year

Students will study core modules (100 credits), one 20 credit optional module, and a 60 credit Dissertation over 1 year:

Core modules

  • Principles and Practices of Public Health and Health Promotion (20 credits)
  • Health Economics (20 credits)
  • Epidemiology (20 credits)
  • Social and Behavioural Sciences (20 credits)
  • Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional module: A 20 credit module.

Full time 2 year

Students will study core modules (100 credits), one 20 credit optional module, and a 60 credit Dissertation over 2 years:

Core modules

  • Principles and Practices of Public Health and Health Promotion (20 credits)
  • Health Economics (20 credits)
  • Epidemiology (20 credits)
  • Social and Behavioural Sciences (20 credits)
  • Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional module: A 20 credit module

Part-time 3 years

Students will study core modules (100 credits), one 20 credit optional module, and a 60 credit Dissertation over 3 years:

Year 1:

  • Principles and Practices of Public Health and Health Promotion (20 credits)
  • Health Economics (20 credits)
  • Research Methods (20 credits)

Year 2:

  • Epidemiology (20 credits)
  • Social and Behavioural Sciences (20 credits)
  • Optional module (20 credits):

Year 3:

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Public Health and Health Promotion Modules page.

Entry Requirements

For entry on to this course a 2(ii) or higher undergraduate degree in a related subject; alternatively, possession of a suitable qualification and work experience will be considered.

For International students, we ask for an IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element less than 5.5), or equivalent. This webpage for international students may be useful if you are applying from outside of the UK and there is a link to accommodation information on the left of the page.

International Students

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 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 international@bangor.ac.uk

Apply

Applications are made online. Click here to input your application, certificates, personal statement and references.

How to Apply

Home/EU students

Home/EU students: apply online yourself with the help of our Guidance Notes on online application for Home/EU students. We strongly recommend you read these before you start to apply online.

Apply online

Once you have read the Guidance Notes you should apply using our Online Application form.

Need help applying? Home/EU students please contact:

Postgraduate Admissions: postgraduate@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717.

International students

  • Agents: if you are an agent applying on behalf of the student, then you can Apply here.  For further guidance click here

Need help applying? International students please contact:

International Education Office: international@bangor.ac.uk or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

When to apply

The University will accept applications throughout the year, but we would generally advise that you send in your application form by the end of June to ensure that you have time to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application. This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer.

Careers and Employability

There are numerous career options for those who have a grounding in public health and health promotion. Former students have gained employment in fields such as community development, health economics, health education, health promotion, higher education, economic development, environmental health, health promotion/health improvement, leadership and planning, nutrition, public health, research, training, and youth engagement. These roles are in a variety of settings including non-governmental organisations, public and government services, and the voluntary sectors. Although the roles and settings are varied, all have a focus on the protection and improvement of the health of whole populations.

Research / Links with Industry

The academics involved with this MSc have extensive links with external bodies, companies and the 3rd sector, which are fully utilised in ensuring that the modules are relevant to the modern work and research environment graduates will enter.

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