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MSc Public Health *


The MSc Public Health is an innovative programme developed in close collaboration with Unicaf University and is designed to create graduates who can lead and implement change in public health across the world stage.

The Masters course supports the development of public health practitioners through enabling them to negotiate, plan, implement and evaluate policy and practice initiatives. It also addresses wide-ranging public health issues that arise in diverse cultures, settings and environment.

The core focus of the programme is on improving the health and wellbeing of populations, preventing health problems before they occur and reducing inequalities in health. It offers a cutting edge knowledge and skills base in the principles and methods of public health and a creative and supportive learning environment.

It explores a broad range of contemporary public health issues, supported by leading experts in the field of public health as well as the experiences of other students sharing diverse experiences from a range of public health systems around the world.

The programme will help you to value, recognise and build on your current experience, enabling you to develop transferable knowledge, understanding and the skills to deliver evidence-based public health interventions at individual, community and population levels.

Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Principles of Public Health (Mandatory)

The module provides an overview of historical, current and emerging perspectives in public health designed to equip students with a broad understanding of evolving practice. It considers local, national and global issues, with a particular focus on the role of social inequality on health inequalities, and on the practical assessment of population health needs.

Health Promotion (Mandatory)

The module aims to develop student knowledge and critical understanding around the social, psychological, and cultural influences that underpin health decision-making. It engages with published evidence and psychological models and theories to enable students to better understand the factors that drive health behaviors, as well as key approaches for enabling positive behaviour change.

Epidemiology (Mandatory)

The module is designed to provide students with the core principles and key uses of epidemiology so that they may develop an understanding of its application to public health practice. It introduces students to both fundamental and advanced concepts in epidemiology, including methods for describing and analysing epidemiological data, critically appraising study designs and interpreting public health issues.

Research Methods: Evidence-based Practice in Public Health (Mandatory)

The module is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to identify, evaluate and apply evidence to public health practice. The module presents a platform for students to engage with both quantitative and qualitative research approaches and supports the ability to begin to engage critically with specific research techniques.

Health Economics (Mandatory)

The module introduces students to a variety of different methods for the financing and delivery of health care around the world. It explores the main methods of economic evaluation and provides an understanding of the key concepts of scarcity, choice and opportunity cost. Students will learn how and why health care is different from other economic goods and services and gain an understanding of the factors that determine supply and demand for health care.

Health Protection (Mandatory)

The module introduces the basic principles of health protection, infection control and the management of environmental hazards from a global perspective. It aims to develop student knowledge and understanding of the control of communicable diseases, chemical incidents and other environmental hazards, and the concept of emergency planning.

Public Health Leadership (Mandatory)

The module provides students with the opportunity to identify, apply and critically evaluate leadership skills and strategies to improve the quality of public health service provision. It draws on a broad range of theories and evidence, exploring the role of the organisation and its wider context in shaping how innovation can be facilitated.

Research Project 1: Global Health (Mandatory)

The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to explore and understand the factors that influence the health and wellbeing of individuals and populations at a global level, but particularly those within low income countries. In doing so the module engages closely with a broad range of issues related to international health, addressing key social, biological, environmental, political, economic and cultural drivers of health and illness.

Research Project 2: Proposal Design and Dissemination (Mandatory)

The module introduces students to the process involved in identifying a gap in existing public health knowledge, constructing a research question around that gap and then developing a research protocol to generate new evidence to improve practice. The module also addresses key research dissemination strategies and techniques that may be used to translate and share new knowledge with a variety of different stakeholders.