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MScPublic Health

University of Southampton
United Kingdom, Southampton
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Globally, health is changing rapidly and in many countries millions of people are dying from preventable diseases. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about two-thirds of the estimated 56 million deaths each year are due to non-communicable diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung diseases.

Obesity, secondary to poor diet and lack of physical activity, is a key underlying determinant of non-communicable diseases. Cardiovascular diseases alone represented 30 per cent of all global deaths in 2006 and over 80 per cent of these deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries. At the other extreme, more than 7.5 million preschool children die from malnutrition and mostly preventable diseases, each year.

Infectious diseases are also still an issue and affect many people. These include AIDS/HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and other immunisable diseases including pneumococcal diseases. Many of these diseases are prevalent in both developing and developed countries.

Supporting people to stay well and avoid falling ill is the essence of public health. Practitioners advise and develop programmes to make a difference in areas such as nutrition, immunisation, tobacco and alcohol, recovery from drug addiction, sexual health, pregnancy and children’s health. They are also concerned with issues such as reducing health inequalities, with ensuring the equity and cost effectiveness of health care services, with population programmes such as screening and immunisation, and with disease surveillance.

We offer a challenging and rewarding masters programme in all aspects of public health with an optional pathway that specialises in nutrition. Our modules cover a broad range of subjects, taught by expert academic staff with a focus on professional practice. They will equip you for a successful career in the public or private sectors or a role as an academic researcher. We will also support you to develop the essential skills in epidemiology and statistics you will need to analyse healthcare data and develop your own campaigns.

You will be taught by experts in a range of subjects from across the University, including medicine, health sciences, social sciences, demography, geography and law.

The programme will suit graduates or experienced health professionals who want to develop their knowledge of public health or learn new skills.

Programme structure

To graduate with an MSc Public Health you must achieve 60 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) through taught modules and 30 ECTS through a dissertation.
See the Programme Specification for full details.

You will study a combination of core modules covering all the essential professional skills you will need in your career and optional modules to reflect your own interests. Other modules in health promotion, leadership, human geography, demography, social science and global health may also be taken, timetabling permitting. Each module has its own defined learning outcomes and assessments and the modules are linked together to form a coherent programme of learning. You will also write a dissertation of 6,500 words. It can take the form of a technical report or a paper for an academic journal.

The induction week will provide you with a broad understanding of public health, its disciplines and history. Topical issues will be presented by keynote speakers. The two core modules in Epidemiology and Medical statistics and qualitative methods for public health will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills to evaluate and interpret public health research. Enabling change for health improvement and Development and implementation of policies and strategies will support the advancement of knowledge and skills in a range of areas including leadership, programme planning, working with individuals and communities, and evaluation.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States