Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: Up to 5 years

UK/EU fee

£10,400 for the full programme (2018/19)

International fee

£13,500 for the full programme (2018/19)

Course level

Postgraduate

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

If you’re a public health worker, such as a community nurse, environmental health practitioner, health promotion officer, community health worker, or if you have a medical or health background, this course will help you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to become a public health practitioner who can lead, develop, and evaluate public health projects in a multi-disciplinary environment.

This course is ideal if you’re working in public health and wish to improve your skills, and broaden your knowledge in ways that provide you with more autonomy and expertise in public health practice.

Global perspectives

The course is structured to allow knowledge transfer between home and overseas students, enabling you to benefit from best practice from all over the world. You’ll study the underlying causes, mechanisms and potential public health intervention strategies aimed at reducing health inequalities.

Elements of the course have a global perspective, so you’ll get to study global, environmental and public health issues to gain an international perspective. If you’re an international student you’ll be able to study topics that are directly relevant to your native country, as well as looking at UK specific issues.

Experienced teaching team

Our teaching team are friendly, approachable, and include public health specialists, environmental health practitioners, biomedical scientists, and psychologists. They will provide you with a broad perspective on public health issues that is firmly based in practice through case studies.

Public health specialists may mentor and support you throughout the course and research opportunities with the public health team may be available.

Practical course

This is a practical course with a focus on case studies, scenarios and practice in the community run in partnership with the public health team at Derby City Council.

You will have the opportunity to learn using our state of the art facilities including our Interactive Immersive Simulation Suite that creates a real life environment for students allowing the application of theory to practice in a safe space forging critical discussion as a way to move forward.

Note that it does not provide readiness for the Faculty of Public Health examination (Part A).

Accreditations

The Master of Public Health programme has been mapped to the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework, the Practitioner Competencies of the United Kingdom Public Health Register and the overarching nine key competency areas of the Functions of the Local Public Health System.

There are no accreditations with this programme.

Who you'll meet

You will meet a multi-professional team of lecturers that are experts in their field from Public Health, Health, Environmental Health and Psychology. The programme team have good employer links especially Derby City Council Public Health Department who will be part of the Programme delivery team. An academic personal tutor will be allocated to each MPH student, from within the programme team, at the beginning of the programme.

What you will study

The course is made up of three stages: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and Master of Public Health.

You will study modules such as:

Compulsory Induction

  • Public Health and Health Improvement
  • Critical Appraisal and Research Skills in Health
  • Plus 1 Optional Module

You will study modules such as:

On completion of the PG Cert, take the compulsory modules below:

  • Health Protection
  • Epidemiology and Statistics
  • Plus 1 Optional Module

On completion of the PG Dip, take the compulsory module below:

  • 7NU997 Independent Scholarship (60 Credits)

Optional Modules such as:

  • Communicable and Non-communicable Disease (On campus only)
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Policy and Practice
  • Global Environmental and Public Health Issues
  • Health Economics
  • Healthy Lives, Healthy Lifestyles
  • Introduction to Health Promotion
  • Leading for Quality
  • Mental Health & Illness Assessment
  • Principles of Long Term Conditions
  • Psychological Approaches to Behaviour Change
  • Social Consequences of Dementia Care
  • Society and Human Health (on campus only)

How you will learn

The overall approach to teaching learning and assessment is influenced and determined by the following key areas:

Depending on the chosen mode of delivery you will learn online or face to face. There will be opportunities to discuss Public Health issues, thoughts and ideas with your peers within a constructive environment.

In accordance with the educational philosophy of our programme and the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy of the University, the delivery of the programme offers variety and ensures that the learning and assessment activities are relevant and of value to future professional practice. The programme recognises the importance of integrating practice experience and formal theory through the use of real life case studies, simulation and scenarios.

Students will be given guidance to facilitate arranging their own public health experience, and insight visits.

This course can also be studied as an online route via UDOL. For more information visit the course page here.

How you're assessed

“This programme operates within the University’s Regulatory Framework and conforms to its regulations on assessment.”

The assessments are designed to test the module learning outcomes, which are derived from the module content, generic learning outcomes and programme aims. All assessment of knowledge and applied skills is carried out by coursework.

Formative interactive elements are provided to ensure that students engage with the topic areas covered in each module We believe that the summative assessments should not only test the above but should provide students with the opportunity to develop key practice skills. As such, more traditional essays and reports are used in combination with presentations and portfolios containing shorter exercises to assess specific skills. We also use multifaceted case studies that integrate topic areas to enable students to develop critical thinking and innovation. This approach helps ensure the breadth and depth of knowledge required at this level.

The portfolio is an “active learning tool”.  This means that it is continuously updated and evolving during the student’s time on the course. It will also demonstrate the range and level of Public Health knowledge and skills to employers. The developing portfolio will form the basis of one-to-one meetings with the academic personal tutor.

Entry requirements

Admissions to this programme are consistent with those of a Regulatory Framework for Postgraduate Taught Programmes.

Applicants should normally have:

EITHER

A minimum of a lower second class Honours degree (2:2) or above in a public health related science from a UK university, the CNAA or an overseas equivalent with National Agency for the Recognition and Comparison of International Qualifications and Skills (NARIC) approval.

OR

Qualifications and experience considered to be equivalent to the above. All students applying via this route will be assessed and where necessary interviewed by the Programme Leader.

Additionally, International students will be expected to demonstrate their proficiency in English and would normally be expected to have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above in all areas, subject to academic discretion.

The final decision regarding admission will be with the MPH Programme Leader.

Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees (August 2018 - July 2019)

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£10,400 for the full programme

£1,155 per 20 credits*

International

£13,500 for the full programme

N/A

*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.

Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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Scholarships and bursaries

We also offer a number of funding opportunities for all International students, including discounts, scholarships and bursaries.

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How to apply

UK/EU students

Students should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University

International students

Students should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University

Information for international applicants

Applying for an postgraduate degree

Careers

The Masters of Public Health programme allows progression in terms of further qualifications and employment. The Masters is a good basis for further study in the form of a PhD or Professional Doctorate. It will also improve the employment prospects of students by providing an informed insight into current multi–disciplinary practises employed in the evolving public health arena. From a wider perspective the programme provides a suitable qualification for those working in allied areas.

Contact details

EnquiryEmailPhone
Course: Jo Brown (Programme Leader) J.Brown1@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)1332 592599
Admissionsaskadmissions@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 591167
Generalmarketing@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 590500

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.