MSc International Public Health (PgCert)

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Part-time (2 years)

Start date(s)

September 2018

Tuition fees 18/19
Home (full-time, per year): £6,250
Home (per credit): £35
International (full-time, per year): £13,250

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0151 231 5090


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About this course

Study for an International Public Health Masters at LJMU. This course offers a broad-based understanding of health and its social and environmental determinants.

  • Study at LJMU's world renowned Public Health Institute
  • Develop a broad-based understanding of health and its social and environmental determinants
  • Follow a curriculum informed by key international strategies, the Sustainable Development Goals and Social Determinants of Health
  • Benefit from support and guidance for placement learning opportunities 

An improvement in population health is increasingly recognised internationally as a key element of economic and social development and nowhere more urgently than in low and middle income countries. The focus of this programme is to develop the public health approach relevant to these countries, often referred to as low resource settings.

Many of our students come from countries with the so-called double burden of disease. Whilst still fighting infectious diseases, they are also now increasingly faced with a growth in non-communicable diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and strokes. 

This is not a clinical course; it is a course which aims to enhance your capacity to identify and measure the risk factors linked to these diseases and explore alternative strategic responses to them. This means improving public health knowledge and research-based skills

 

The Public Health Institute provides an excellent applied setting in which to do this. 

The programme will enhance your capacity to improve the health of the populations you serve and reduce health inequality. It will also develop your critical, analytical, research, collaborative working and evaluation skills - all key requirements in the dynamic public health sector.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students

Fees

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

Additional costs

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 use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • 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)

Funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Employability

Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) 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.

As a graduate of this course you will probably go on to take up a role improving the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and populations. The majority of our international students return to their home country to work in government or NGO health sectors. You may, however, choose to advance your research career or undertake further study to PhD level.


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Course modules

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.


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Core Modules

Intercultural Learning

This module introduces and enhances core learning skills within an intercultural environment. It also enhances the development of independent and intercultural learning.

International Health

This module offers an insight into international approaches to health system development and maternal and child health. It explores the idea of international health and human development. It examines the determinants of health and aspects of health system development. It evaluates international strategies aimed at health for all and explores the role of primary health care in local level health improvement.

Global Health

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. 

Epidemiology

This module examines the basic principles and tools of epidemiology and disease surveillance. It provides an understanding of epidemiological methods and the ability to critically evaluate epidemiological and other evidence to examine the health status, health determinants and health needs of population groups. The module applies basic epidemiological principles to the:

  • understanding of communicable and non-communicable diseases
  • assessment of health inequalities

It employs tools such as health needs assessment and exames their role in protecting and improving population health.

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

Research Methods

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
Optional Modules

Violence

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.

Health Improvement

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.

Health Protection

This module provides an understanding of the nature of environmental and communicable disease hazards and the role of public health practitioners in the management of these hazards.

Systematic Review

This module aims to develop the knowledge and skills to undertake a rigorous systematic review. It provides a complete guide and hands-on approach to developing a research question and learning the methods and key processes involved in completing a systematic review.

Teaching

An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

Full-time students attend university for teaching on Mondays and Wednesdays. Part-time students attend on Wednesdays in the first year (completing modules 7102; 7103; 7106) and Mondays (7101; 7104; 7105; 7106) in the second year. The empirical project runs across both academic years for part-time students.

Teaching methods

As you will probably only spend one or two days in University each week, your days on site will be filled with lectures, tutorials and other learning activities. You are encouraged to make the most of these days as the basis for your independent study which will involve the use of library resources and the University’s 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.

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Applied learning

Many students conduct their research project in applied health settings such as the NHS and charity sectors. As such, your studies enable you to build real experience in the working environment and create professional relationships outside of the university setting.

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Assessment

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. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

Written exams, essays, reports, posters, oral presentations and the dissertation module form the assessment focus for this Masters in International Public Health.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Rose Khatri

Rose Khatri

Programme Leader

Having worked at LJMU for the past 25 years, Rose has extensive experience in developing and managing academic programmes. The focus of her work is on curriculum development, teaching and supervision. Specialist teaching areas include international health, globalisation and public health policy. Rose is also an experienced PhD supervisor. Her research interests include: participatory methodology, obesity, maternal health, health system development and ageing. She is particularly interested in the international dimensions of these areas and is currently supervising a study on the development of public health knowledge and skills in Cambodia.

Teaching, research supervision and scholarly activity are the most rewarding aspects of my position. Whilst I enjoy developing and refining academic programmes and managing an enthusiastic programme team; teaching students and watching them develop and graduate is the most satisfying area of my role.

School facilities

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 (open 24/7 during semesters), IT Zones, high quality teaching facilities and lecture theatres plus a range of cafés and social spaces.


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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a good honours degree in a health or social science-related discipline 

or

  • equivalent professional qualifications and experience

Additional Information

  • RPL is accepted on this programme
  • IELTS 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • Pearson 58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI purposes)
  • International students applying to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU should check if they require an Academic Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate
  • International students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part-time.

If you have any specific queries, please contact health@ljmu.ac.uk

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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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