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Public Health and Health Promotion MSc/PgDip

Overview

The course will develop your public health mindset and give you the confidence and skills to engage with the new public health agenda. The focus of the course is both academic and applied, and aims to produce graduates who ask questions and know how to set about answering them through critical thinking and reflective practice.

At LSBU we have offered courses in Health Promotion for over thirty years.  Our current course in Public Health and Health Promotion was revalidated in April 2017. The curriculum panel commended the course in its mapping to the Core Public Health Competencies as outlined in Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (2016).

The course continues to be immersed within a social model of health, but has introduced additional aspects of Health Protection.

Central to this course is our commitment to the process of enabling people and communities to increase control over their health and well-being. This approach provides graduates with the tools and knowledge to tackle inequalities in health and work towards combating social exclusion. It draws upon the multi-disciplinary, multi-professional context of public health and engages with the interface between theory and practice.

The course provides an opportunity to examine concepts of Public Health and Health Promotion in a social context, but from a sound foundation of epidemiology and using the core principles of Health Protection. You are also offered the opportunity to see politics and social policy in action with guided visits to Parliament and to explore the public health history of central London on guided Public Health walking tours.

We are currently in a pilot phase of working with local public health departments who offer public health career mentoring and dissertation research opportunities.

On successful completion of the School’s Dissertation module you can achieve the MSc in Public Health and Health Promotion.

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location

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Modules

PgDip

Year 1 (full-time)

  • Foundations and practice of health promotion (40 credits) (PHP_7_001)
    This double module explores the philosophical, theoretical and methodological underpinnings of health promotion and their application to effective practice. It will enable you to identify an issue, a topic, or a target population of your own interest and research and design an evidence based health promotion intervention. You will develop knowledge and skills in designing, delivering and evaluating a useful workplace health promotion intervention. It is runs for two semesters.
  • Epidemiology for public health practice (20 credits) (PHP_7_002)
    This module focuses on the key concepts and methods in epidemiology. The module considers a range of routine and non-routine data sources as well as the strengths and weaknesses of different study designs commonly used in epidemiology. We look at how the data produced by epidemiologists might be analysed and used for public health policy and health service planning. The module fosters a range of public health skills and competencies including identification, ascertaining, evaluation, analysis and interpretation of data of different nature and complexity.
  • Health protection and health improvement practice (20 credits) (PHP_7_003)
    This module introduces the important core components of Health Protection into the programme. The global impact of communicable disease and threats posed by 21st century hazards will be introduced and designing and evaluating appropriate multi- agency prevention and control strategies will be emphasised. The role of screening in the control of diseases of public health significance and the UK and global approaches to vaccine preventable diseases will be explored. The Health Improvement skills required to meet some of these challenges alongside partnership working and overcoming barriers to change will be developed.
  • Research in health and social care (20 credits) (TAR_7_011)
  • Leadership for innovation and change in public health (20 credits) (PHP_7_004)
    This module uses leadership and management theory, research and policy analysis to enable you to develop both strategic level thinking and key management skills in public health leadership. You will develop skills of self-reflection and critical analysis along with an understanding of the contemporary context of public health. The challenges of enabling effective change and innovation will be considered.

On completion of these modules, you'll need to attend Preparation for Dissertation sessions (six half days over six weeks) prior to completion of your dissertation.

Year 1 (part-time)

  • Foundations and practice of health promotion (40 credits) (PHP_7_001)
    This double module explores the philosophical, theoretical and methodological underpinnings of health promotion and their application to effective practice. It will enable you to identify an issue, a topic, or a target population of your own interest and research and design an evidence based health promotion intervention. You will develop knowledge and skills in designing, delivering and evaluating a useful workplace health promotion intervention. It is runs for two semesters.
  • Epidemiology for public health practice (20 credits) (PHP_7_002)
    This module focuses on the key concepts and methods in epidemiology. The module considers a range of routine and non-routine data sources as well as the strengths and weaknesses of different study designs commonly used in epidemiology. We look at how the data produced by epidemiologists might be analysed and used for public health policy and health service planning. The module fosters a range of public health skills and competencies including identification, ascertaining, evaluation, analysis and interpretation of data of different nature and complexity.
  • Health protection and health improvement practice (20 credits) (PHP_7_003)
    This module introduces the important core components of Health Protection into the programme. The global impact of communicable disease and threats posed by 21st century hazards will be introduced and designing and evaluating appropriate multi- agency prevention and control strategies will be emphasised. The role of screening in the control of diseases of public health significance and the UK and global approaches to vaccine preventable diseases will be explored. The Health Improvement skills required to meet some of these challenges alongside partnership working and overcoming barriers to change will be developed.

Year 2 (part-time)

  • Research in health and social care (20 credits) (TAR_7_011)
  • Leadership for innovation and change in public health (20 credits) (PHP_7_004)
    This module uses leadership and management theory, research and policy analysis to enable you to develop both strategic level thinking and key management skills in public health leadership. You will develop skills of self-reflection and critical analysis along with an understanding of the contemporary context of public health. The challenges of enabling effective change and innovation will be considered.

On completion of these modules, you'll need to attend Preparation for Dissertation sessions (six half days over six weeks) prior to completion of your dissertation.

MSc

You can achieve the MSc after completion of the above PgDip modules and the School’s Dissertation module.

Employability

The course develops confident, effective and highly skilled graduates within a range of disciplinary backgrounds. Previous students have had a range of opportunities made available to them on completion of the course, and have extended and developed their public health roles and/or their strategic functions.

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Staff

Sandra Lask

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Primary and Social Care
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director, Master's in Public Health and Health Promotion

Sandra Lask has worked in public health and health promotion for many years. She is currently Course Director for the Masters in Public Health and Health Promotion.


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Entry requirements

You will normally require a Bachelor Honours degree in a relevant subject at a minimum class of 2:2 and have work experience in the field of public health/health promotion/ community health in a paid or voluntary capacity. 

If you have extensive experience in the field of public health and health promotion but do not hold a first degree, please do make an application. Please contact the course director to discuss this further.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start date
September
Application code
2107
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
2108
Application method

Applications to this course are made through UKPASS.

Please note that the PgCert is currently subject to validation, with the intention that first entry for this route will be September 2018.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £8700International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 2107Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £3866.67International fee: £5833.33
AOS/LSBU code: 2108Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8700
International £13125

You may be eligible for CPD funding from your employer/Trust. Check with your employer about professional development funding.

Case studies

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