MSc Public Health
About this course
This well-established Public Health MSc from LJMU's Public Health Institute offers a research-informed learning environment reflecting latest sector developments.
- Develop knowledge and skills aligned to the Public Health Training Curriculum and The Public Health Skills and Career Framework
- Study at LJMU's world renowned Public Health Institute
- Benefit from the research-led content of this longstanding programme
- Enjoy a flexible approach to study and network with full and part-time students from differing backgrounds
- Look forward to career opportunities in local authorities, the health sector, voluntary sector, private sector or research
- Benefit from support and guidance for placement learning
This well-established programme, underpinned by the Public Health Skills and Career Framework (2010), is the ideal choice if you want to develop or enhance your public health knowledge and competencies.
We provide a shared learning environment where those already working in the public health sector can bring prior knowledge and experience to share with their peers, some who will be sharing similar work experiences and others who will be at the beginning of their public health career. What makes us different is that you will be learning and developing your research skills based in a world class research centre.
The programme has been developed by and is supported by the senior research staff in the Institute and provides the opportunity for you to learn and work on real world research projects. It attracts students from a variety of backgrounds and prides itself on its inclusive approach.
You will explore population health from a number of perspectives, enhancing your understanding of the people and processes involved in promoting public health and reducing health inequalities. You will also learn how the social determinants of health underpin our theoretical understanding of health and health inequalities.
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Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students
The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.
Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.
Further your career prospects
LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.
With students coming from such varied backgrounds, career opportunities for course graduates are widespread. You may go on to work in local authorities or for the NHS. You could work in the voluntary or private sectors or undertake further research or study at PhD level.
What unites all of our students is their dedication to improving the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and populations. Their career choices usually reflect this passion.
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Discover the building blocks of your programme
Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.
Public Health: Policy and Practice
This module introduces concepts and theories within the field of public health. It:
- enhances your knowledge and understanding of population-based health issues and public health response in light of policy and practice
- enables you to examine health inequalities
- enables you to identify local, national and international health-related strategies
This module encourages you to develop your skills as a potential producer of research, as well as your ability to systematically evaluate research outcomes from a variety of sources. It:
- provides a critical knowledge base of the philosophical foundations of public health research
- enables you to develop expertise in qualitative and quantitative data analysis
- prepares you to carry out empirical and literature-based research
The dissertation module offers you an opportunity to explore in-depth an area of personal or professional interest that relates to your programme of study. In doing this, you will expand your research skills and apply what you have learned in the earlier modules to your research project. It enables to:
- develop your skills necessary to plan and execute a research project that is relevant to your area of study
- effectively communicate research outcomes to an appropriate audience
You can choose your own topic and methodology, though this should be relevant to public health and ideally to your route specialism. You can choose to write up as a full dissertation or as a journal style article (which comes with a viva).
This module encourages you to develop knowledge and competence in the area of health improvement. It aims to provide the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to effectively plan, implement and evaluate health improvement projects and programmes to improve the health and well-being of populations.
Public Health Epidemiology, Intelligence and Health Protection
Epidemiology, Health Intelligence and Health Protection are core public health disciplines that share some key approaches and methods. Epidemiological and health surveillance methods provide essential data which are used to determine suitable health protection strategies. This module will explore these three key areas and the relationships between them and apply them to a number of key issues from a global context.
This module examines public health risk in the context of globalisation. It explores the key processes of globalisation and how they impact the health of populations and their environments. Public health risks are identified and their global level strategic responses are evaluated.
This module critically examines a range of key issues relating to violence and health from international, national and local perspectives. It demonstrates the need for an interdisciplinary public health approach when addressing the causes of violence, building prevention control strategies, and promoting safety. It enables you to understand and develop strategies to control violence.
This module enhances your knowledge and understanding of addiction as a public health issue and also its risk factors. It assesses different models of addiction e.g. drug addiction, alcohol addiction, gambling etc as well as its associations and mediators/moderators.
Addictions: Policy and Interventions
This module enhances your knowledge and understanding of addictions policy objectives, enabling you to critically assess the effectiveness of the interventions. It enables you to:
- identify core addiction policies and strategies from a UK and international perspective and assess how these are developed and put into operation
- examine how personal and structural forces impact on addiction and assess if these are related to policy objectives
- evaluate policies and interventions designed to improve addiction outcomes
Work Related Learning
This module aims to enable you to work practically and develop public health knowledge and skills pertinent to practical settings.
This module aims to develop your knowledge of public health topic that is suited to your own needs but which fulfills the learning outcomes for the module, it focuses on literature review rather than an empirical study related to the field. It provides you with an opportunity to develop your own learning and knowledge base in a public health topic of your own choice.
You will work with your tutor to select and agree an area of public health to investigate. The topic will need to be different and not linked to any other module you are taking, but must sit within the broad public health discipline/subject area. In the past, topics have addressed issues such as: Working in partnership to improve mental health; Smoke Free initiatives; and reviewing research governance procedures.
You will present a substantial plan of work to be agreed by the module leader, and embark on a review of the literature. The research and library support officer will be available to help guide you if needed, and it may be appropriate to liaise with tutors outside of the module who have relevant specialist knowledge pertaining to your area of interest. Where relevant students can seek support outside of PHI if the topic is related to a nursing or midwifery concern in public health for example.
An insight into teaching on your course
Part-time students normally attend one day each week: Tuesday in the first year of study and Wednesday in the second year.
You will learn via lectures, tutorials and workshop related activity. The programme requires a significant amount of independent learning through the library, off campus and the virtual learning environment.
On joining the course you will be appointed a personal tutor who will provide academic and pastoral support. You will also have at least one supervisor for the duration of your dissertation module.
This programme enables you to gain work related experience in an applied health setting including the Public Health Institute, Loca lNGOs/charity sector and local authority. Research can also be undertaken in collaboration with these sectors through negotiated agreement.
Work-based learning is another key feature of this programme. You will be supported to lead and develop an aspect of change in your workplace. We have seen many innovative and sustainable projects developed over the years.
How learning is monitored on your programme
To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme.
On this course there are a few written exams but essays and reports together with poster presentations and, of course, the dissertation form the assessment focus.
Where you will study
What you can expect from your School
The Public Health Institute is located in the City Campus where you'll find the Avril Robarts Library, IT Zones, high quality teaching facilities and lecture theatres plus a range of cafés and social spaces.
You will need:
Alternative qualifications considered
Standard entry Applicants are normally required to possess a good honours degree (normally a minimum grade 2.2) in any related health or social science discipline. Non-standard entry For applicants not in possession of a good honours degree, the programme leader will take into account relevant professional qualifications (e.g. Nursing Registration, Qualification in Social Work, Environmental Health qualification) and experience. Any participant who does not have a first degree must satisfy the programme team of their ability to study at Master's level through presentation of a strong portfolio to demonstrate appropriate equivalent skills in the work place. For these applicants, individual assessments of their suitability for post graduate level study will be arranged and conducted by the programme team. The team may require evidence to be submitted as part of the assessment process e.g. a portfolio of written and other work; papers presented at conferences, publications; reports and research proposals. RPL and R(P)EL The programme welcomes students with both prior certificated learning and or application for experiential learning credits. Students with the PG Dip Specialist Community Public Health Nurse Qualification from LJMU post 2013 Curriculum has been mapped to the programme and can enter the programme with 120 PG credits. Students with the PG Dip Specialist Community Public Health Nurse Qualification from LJMU pre 2013 Curriculum and with ongoing relevant work experience in public health will have up to 100 PG credits recognised as advanced standing and be required to take the Research Methods module 7002PUBHEA prior to taking the Dissertation module. Students who have previously studied on either the PG Dip Applied Public Health, Public Health (Applied), or Public Health (Analysis)/Public Health Intelligence at Liverpool JMU and have continued to practice within a substantial public health role since can apply for up to 120 PG credits on the MSc Public Health programme. Students who have completed a more recent PG Dip Public Health or Public Health (Addictions) at Liverpool JMU can apply for up to 120 PG credits.
Other international requirements
Standard entry Applicants are normally required to possess a good honours degree (minimum grade 2.2) in any related health or social science discipline. Work experience will also be considered where relevant. English language will be required and normally based on IELTS 6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component) Pearson 58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
- Extra Requirements
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
To apply for this programme, you are required to complete an LJMU online application form. You will need to provide details of previous qualifications and a personal statement outlining why you wish to study this programme.
You must satisfy the programme team of your ability to study at Masters level by demonstrating appropriate, equivalent skills in the workplace, e.g. responsibility for report writing. Individual assessments of suitability for postgraduate level study will be conducted by the programme team. You may need to submit evidence, e.g. a portfolio of written and other work.
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