MSc Public Health for Development

MSc Public Health for Development

Course overview

This programme equips students with skills needed to appreciate and analyse the state of public health in low- and middle-income countries and to design and evaluate actions to address public health concerns. We consider public health and the provision of health services from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Students on the MSc Public Health for Development have substantial experience of planning or implementing public health programmes, of teaching or public-health-related research and wish to hone their critical professional skills. They have been based in low- or middle-income countries for two years or more, engaged in public health efforts in a range of contexts which may include Ministries of Health or NGOs in stable states, conflict areas or humanitarian relief.  We complement formal teaching with peer learning that builds on this professional experience and frames knowledge of public health within a development context. Students participate in an award-winning seminar series in which they examine their public health experience in light of material studied on the programme.

Students develop public health research skills including statistics and epidemiology, and build on these to tailor a programme to suit their professional needs. In the summer, students undertake a supervised research project which focuses on a Public Health question in a low- or middle-income country.

Objectives

By the end of the programme, students will able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in core public health disciplines including epidemiology, statistics, social science research, health economics and health policy
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of current issues and topics related to public health in low- and middle-income settings
  • apply public health knowledge and skills to identify and assess public health problems in low- and middle-income countries
  • formulate appropriate public health strategies to control health problems and promote health in low- and middle-income countries
  • evaluate actions designed to improve public health in low- and middle-income countries
  • frame knowledge of public health within a development context

Duration

One year full-time or split-study over two years. 

Structure

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Project report

During the summer months (July - August), students draw on all their academic skills by undertaking a project on a subject of importance to public health in a low- or middle-income country, for submission by early September. The project can take the form of a literature review, analysis of a data set, a policy report or a study protocol. The project is an independent piece of work, but students have contact with their supervisors who guide them in this work.

Entry requirements
  • a second-class honours degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject or
  • a master's degree in a relevant subject, or
  • a professional qualification appropriate to the programme of study to be followed

Additionally for the MSc Public Health for Development, successful candidates are expected to have lived in a developing country and worked in activities related to public health for a minimum of two years.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum entry requirement, but who have relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application.