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MA Public Health

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: February 2022
Do you want to develop an in- depth understanding of the concepts of national and global public health? If so, then this course will enable you to develop underpinning knowledge that forms the foundations of a critical exploration of public health. This is particularly pertinent given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic challenges and complexities currently facing the global community.
The course invites you look at different public health issues from multiple perspectives and has been uniquely designed to promote entrepreneurial thinking in order to demonstrate innovation and change within the field of public health.
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Application guide

For information on how you can boost your career-prospects and apply for our postgraduate courses, follow our application guide.

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Postgraduate Open Days

Join us for a Postgraduate Open Day where you can discuss your options and chosen course with our course leaders.

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Fees and Funding

There’s a range of ways you can secure funding for your course, including sponsorship, scholarships and loans. And if you recently graduated from BNU, you may be eligible for a fee discount.

Why study this subject?

Are you interested in working with local communities to improve the health and wellbeing of groups, families and individuals within our society? Are you keen to make a difference and work in a role that aims to promote inclusion and reduce health inequalities? This MA course is perfect for anyone wishing to develop the knowledge and skills sought by employers in the expanding market of public health and health improvement.

This programme will appeal to students who wish to consider enhancing an existing career in public health, or within a related field. Specifically, it will equip students with the knowledge to work in a wide range of services such as the NHS, local and national government agencies, non-government agencies, and the public and private sectors, both nationally and internationally.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

The Covid-19 pandemic has increased media and political attention on public health, elevating the significance and importance of this subject area. There is now an increased focus on supporting individuals and communities in their health and wellbeing and we're already seeing a huge expansion of employment opportunities in the public health sector.

Our course is taught by experienced academics who are passionate about public health, having all worked in community public health roles themselves. The course team is in direct contact with current practitioners, sharing knowledge and expertise to ensure you receive the most current and significant lessons from the global health scene. All of our teaching staff also actively participate in national health forums.

Lecturers regularly liaise with local public health teams to deepen their knowledge of current public health promoting initiatives and to understand in real-time what the developmental needs are for securing employment within the sector.

At BNU, our master’s degree programme draws on blended and flexible teaching and activities to provide a rich learning experience for all our students. 

Choosing to study with us means getting access to the opportunities, experiences and encouragement you need to move forward in your existing career, or to move towards new job opportunities within a wide range of services that relate to the public health sector

 

What facilities can I use?

Our library is packed with all the information you need for your assessments and there’s plenty of room to knuckle down for some quiet study.

Whilst studying with us you will also use our BucksAnywhere web service, which provides access to many of the software applications you use for learning and studying. BucksAnywhere can be used from your own device or from a University owned PC or laptop, from any location.

What will I study?

This course will help you gain a broad and comprehensive understanding of how the society in which we live affects individual and community health. You'll learn about factors that influence health while exploring local, national and global approaches to improving population health.

The course has been uniquely designed to promote entrepreneurial thinking in order to demonstrate innovation and change within the field of public health.

On completion of this course you'll have:

  • gained a conceptual and theoretical understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of public health from a UK and global perspective
  • critically evaluated health education and health promotion initiatives that support positive change across different platforms
  • demonstrated critical acuity of contemporary public health research
  • developed creative, innovate and entrepreneurial thinking and made a contribution towards supporting a positive social impact within society.

How will I be taught and assessed?

We tailor our academic and pastoral support to your individual needs and aspirations, and your personal tutor will be on hand to support you on your learning journey.

There is a focus on real world learning throughout the programme so we aim to use assessment formats that reflect work practices within public health, for example report writing and oral presentations. There are no examinations.

What are the course entry requirements?

Entry to taught postgraduate programmes normally require a first degree, but relevant experience, in some cases, can substitute for this requirement.

Applicants who do not meet our published entry requirements are encouraged to contact our admissions team for further advice and guidance.

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Foundations of public health and wellbeing

Challenges and priorities in public health

Innovation and social impact in public health

Research methods

Year 2 Modules

Leading with influence

Research project

How much does it cost

Home and EU

Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022

£7,850 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

advice@bucks.ac.uk

What are my career prospects? 

Typical roles for graduates of the MA Public Health programme include:

  • Health Improvement Practitioner
  • Health Improvement Advisor/Officer
  • Public Health Officer

Employment is primarily through local authorities like NHS trusts and voluntary sector services.

Course leader

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Sarah Thirtle
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Susan Perryman
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Heather Dean
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Carole Trespaderne
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Melanie Hayward
  • Associate Professor – Education: Quality Assurance and Enhancement
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