Professional Doctorate in Public Health Doctor in Healthcare (DHealthCare)


Course facts

  • Name: Professional Doctorate in Public Health
  • Qualification: Doctor in Healthcare (DHealthCare)
  • Duration: 3 years full-time, 5 years part-time

Credits: 540 credits with a minimum of 360 credits at Level 8. The remaining credit must normally be at Level 7.

The Professional Doctorate in Public Health provides students with a structured programme to advance scholarship within their professional practice in public health. It enables applied practitioners to adopt leadership roles and advance their career by completing a substantive piece of research alongside a taught programme focused on examining key areas of public health, health promotion and research. In this context, the taught component provides a core set of skills and knowledge required to manage change, lead public health and health programmes, and to work with individuals, groups and communities. This is augmented by optional modules that broaden the students’ experience, enabling them to build a more in depth knowledge of subject areas such as utilizing clinical trials, greater knowledge of discrete public health areas such as co-producing health or nutrition or skills in evidence-synthesis.

Overall, the Professional Doctorate in Public Health seeks to attract high calibre students who wish to complete a taught programme with the development of particular research questions that can be explored through a substantive piece of research  in their host organization. As this Doctoral programme includes a taught element, students are admitted at fixed points in the year in order to attend a programme of taught courses during Years 1 and 2. The Professional Doctorate program allows the students to apply the learning to their professional practice while studying the subject to a doctoral level. Further, the taught modules are delivered to a cohort of Professional Doctorate students together hence enabling each group to benefit from the rich and wide experience of others and provides a unique opportunity for inter-professional learning. Industry relevant content and focus on the application to the real world professional environment are the key features of this program.

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

Course Content

Course Structure

This Professional Doctorate provides students with a rigorous framework for the development and synthesis of empirical, professional and organisational knowledge in the sphere 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. 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 will comprise of a range of core and optional modules:

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Credit Value




Principles & Practices of Public Health and Health Promotion or Principles of Public Health(e)



 Epidemiology or Epidemiology (e)




 Research Methods or e-Research




Social & Behavioural Sciences or Social & Behavioural Sciences (e)



 Introduction to Health Economics or e-Health Economics




Plus one 20 credit Optional Module, chosen from those offered within the following:

Public Health Nutrition or

Work-Based Learning or

Legal issues and concepts or

Person Centred Counselling or 

Advancing Knowledge or

Leadership in Context or

Co-Producing Health




Students can select up to 60 credits of modules at Academic Level 7 from the College



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.

Research Thesis

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.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

As part of the taught component of the programme the modules adopt a variety of teaching and learning strategies, including seminars, lecturers, e- learning platforms and action learning groups. These modules utilise a range of assessment strategies, including written assignments, developing a research proposal, on-line assessments, blogs and presentations.

Entry Requirements

Admission by undergraduate degree

Successful completion of Bachelor 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).

Admissions to the programme are made on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged. Applications are made using Bangor’s online application system.

International Students

English language requirement - IELTS 6.0 on all components OR specific English language country requirement 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.

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If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available contact the International Education Centre on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email


Need help applying?

If you have any questions about entry requirements, how to apply or the course you are interested in please do not hesitate to contact Postgraduate Admissions on +44 (0)1248 388484 or by emailing  We look forward to hearing from you.

Application advice

Applications for research degrees differ substantially from applications for taught courses such as Masters degrees. Although the application form is the same, the way in which you approach your application can make all the difference.

Applying for a self-funded or externally-funded Research Degree

As with all of our courses, you can apply to fund yourself through a PhD/Mphil at Bangor, or you may already have sourced external funding (e.g. from your employer or government), and we warmly welcome all expressions of interest in so doing. However, rather than simply filling in an application form, there are a few steps that you can take in order that your application stands a greater chance of being successful.

All PhD/Mphil students require supervision from at least one academic member of staff at the University, and if you are considering a PhD/Mphil, you will already have a good idea of the specific area or theme that you want to research. In order to ascertain that we hold sufficient expertise in your chosen topic to provide supervision, you should first look at our staff pages. This will provide you with a breakdown of each staff member’s area of academic focus.

Once you have found a member of staff whose research interests broadly accord with your own, you should contact them directly with a concise research ‘brief’ that outlines your proposal and ask whether s/he would consider supervising your project. If the academic expresses his/her interest, you may then further discuss your ideas and develop a full PhD/Mphil research proposal.

At this stage, you should formally apply online for the PhD/Mphil programme. You should fill the form out thoroughly, including academic references, your research proposal and the name of the academic member of staff under whose supervision you intend the research to be conducted.

Your research proposal

A good research proposal is essential if you are applying for a PhD or MPhil. The proposal should include:

  1. Overview – give a brief abstract of the subject area you wish to research and include information on the key theoretical, policy or empirical debates that will be addressed.
  2. Planning – you need to demonstrate that you are aware of the research timescales and have a plan in place to conduct your work. You need to demonstrate that the research is manageable in the given time period.
  3. Literature references – you need to show that your planned area of research has not been studied before. Provide references to key articles and texts relevant to your area of study.
  4. Methodology – you need to show that you are aware of the methodological tools available and have identified which ones would be suitable for your research.

More advice about preparing a research proposal

Applying for funded PhD studentships advertised by Bangor University

Funded PhD studentship opportunities arise frequently throughout the year, and are advertised as specific opportunities for which you must formally apply. The application process for funded PhD studentships may differ according to the academic School in which the studentship opportunity is held, so please check the relevant School’s homepage and follow the application advice therein. If you are unsure of any part of the application process, please contact the individual School for advice, or e-mail

Online applications can now be made by prospective applicants for all postgraduate taught programmes and postgraduate research programmes at the University (with the exception of the PGCE, Diploma in Occupational Therapy and DClinPsy).

Home/EU students

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  • Please read through the Guidance Notes before you begin the online application form
  • Apply online yourself through our online application system.

Home/EU students with admissions queries please contact...

Postgraduate Admissions:, telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717 or write to:

Postgraduate Admissions Office.
Academic Registry
Bangor University
Gwynedd UK
LL57 2DG

International students

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

International students with admissions queries please contact...

International Education Office: or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

When do I Apply?

The University will accept applications throughout the year. We would generally advise that you submit your application in enough time for you 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 (e.g. in the case of overseas students, taking an IELTS or TOEFL test to meet the English Language requirement).

Careers and Employability

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 advtange 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.

Research / Links with Industry

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.


Please visit our course fees page to see fees for overseas students.

Further information

Contact us

If you have additional questions about academic aspects of the course, please e-mail Dr Simon Bishop (Phone  01248 383246) or Dr Jaci Huws (Phone 01248 383155).

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