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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.
With a Literature degree from LJMU and a social science degree from the University of Liverpool, Zoe returned to LJMU to study for a Masters in Public Health Addictions.
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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 use your own)
- 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
An insight into teaching on your course
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.
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.
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. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.
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.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
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, globalization 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.
What you can expect from your School
You will need:
- a good honours degree in any discipline
- relevant professional qualifications (e.g. in Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work, Youth and Community, Health Promotion or Environmental Health) and experience
- RPL is accepted on this programme
- IELTs score of 6.5 or above (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 Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. Contact International Admissions Team for more details
- International students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part-time
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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.
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.
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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