Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Applied Public Health

The programme has been designed to meet the needs of a wide range of public health practitioners, professionals, community workers and volunteers working to achieve improvements in the wider determinants of health. Our objective is to support you in further developing your public health knowledge and skills in order to improve your current and future practice, and enhance your career options. The programme is aimed at anyone with an interest in improving the full range of social, economic and environmental determinants of health: for example, people working in education, health promotion, housing, transport, leisure, environmental health, community development, health & wellbeing partnerships, planning, social services, school nursing, and health visiting (not an exhaustive list!). We welcome applicants from all sectors: public, private and the voluntary & independent sector. The programme retains an international focus, addressing public health issues faced around the world, as well as in Wales and the UK.

Entry requirements

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Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip

You'll normally be expected to hold an initial degree in a discipline relating to health or the broad range of determinants of health (which could be anything from planning to biomedical science, sociology to nutrition)​. However, other qualifications of an appropriate level can also be suitable for admission, particularly if you are able to demonstrate significant experience in a relevant setting. If you think this might apply to your situation, please contact the programme leader for an informal discussion. If you first language is not English, you must normally be able to demonstrate, on entry, English Language proficiency at or equivalent to an IELTS score of at least 6.0. Selection Procedure: You will need to meet the admissions criteria as explained above. Selection is initially by way of an application form, personal statement and appropriate references, although you may be interviewed. We encourage potential applicants to contact the programme leader for an informal discussion about the programme, to help inform your application.

MSc (SocSc)

You'll normally be expected to hold an initial degree in a discipline relating to health or the broad range of determinants of health (which could be anything from planning to biomedical science, sociology to nutrition)​. However, other qualifications of an appropriate level can also be suitable for admission, particularly if you are able to demonstrate significant experience in a relevant setting. If you think this might apply to your situation, please contact the programme leader for an informal discussion.

If you first language is not English, you must normally be able to demonstrate, on entry, English Language proficiency at or equivalent to an IELTS score of at least 6.0.

Selection Procedure:
You will need to meet the admissions criteria as explained above. Selection is initially by way of an application form, personal statement and appropriate references, although you may be interviewed. We encourage potential applicants to contact the programme leader for an informal discussion about the programme, to help inform your application.

Course modules

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Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip

The course is designed as a Masters programme but it has exit points at both postgraduate certificate & diploma level. Reflective practice is integrated into the programme: we'll encourage you to reflect upon your learning as you progress, culminating in an assessed reflective statement demonstrating the integration and development of your learning and practice through the course of your studies. The dissertation also incorporates a reflective practice element. The programme is available on a part-time and full-time basis; you can also apply to study individual modules on a CPD basis. For the Postgraduate Certificate, you'll complete the following modules: Assessing Health, Wellbeing & Inequity (20 cred​its): Assess, evaluate and communicate information about the health and wellbeing of populations & communities; Health Risk Perception & Communication (10 credits): Appraise the sociocultural, emotional and psychological factors that influence responses to threats to population health and wellbeing; Public Health Policy Development (10 credits): Evaluate the political, social and economic framework within which policies influencing health & wellbeing are developed; Applied Research Methods and Design (20 credits): Develop the qualitative and quantitative research skills necessary to undertake research and evaluate interventions and day-to-day practice. For the Postgraduate Diploma, you'll undertake the above modules, plus the following modules: Frameworks for Public Health Intervention (30 credits): Explore approaches to intervention for the protection and improvement of health and wellbeing, and integrate learning from across the programme in the development a coherent multidisciplinary intervention on an identified public health issue; Health Protection (20 credits): Assess, prevent and manage risks to health arising from the general environment, communicable disease and environmental health hazards; Reflective Public Health Practice (10 credits): Reflect on your learning, practice and experiences in order to evidence the development of your professional public health practice; To obtain the MSc, you will also complete a Dissertation (60 credits): Design, plan and undertake a piece of independent applied research, and present the findings.

MSc (SocSc)

The course is designed as a Masters programme but it has exit points at both postgraduate certificate & diploma level. Reflective practice is integrated into the programme: we'll encourage you to reflect upon your learning as you progress, culminating in an assessed reflective statement demonstrating the integration and development of your learning and practice through the course of your studies. The dissertation also incorporates a reflective practice element. The programme is available on a part-time and full-time basis; you can also apply to study individual modules on a CPD basis.

For the Postgraduate Certificate, you'll complete the following modules:

Assessing Health, Wellbeing & Inequity (20 cred​its): Assess, evaluate and communicate information about the health and wellbeing of populations & communities; Health Risk Perception & Communication (10 credits): Appraise the sociocultural, emotional and psychological factors that influence responses to threats to population health and wellbeing; Public Health Policy Development (10 credits): Evaluate the political, social and economic framework within which policies influencing health & wellbeing are developed;

Applied Research Methods and Design (20 credits): Develop the qualitative and quantitative research skills necessary to undertake research and evaluate interventions and day-to-day practice.

For the Postgraduate Diploma, you'll undertake the above modules, plus the following modules:

Frameworks for Public Health Intervention (30 credits): Explore approaches to intervention for the protection and improvement of health and wellbeing, and integrate learning from across the programme in the development a coherent multidisciplinary intervention on an identified public health issue; Health Protection (20 credits): Assess, prevent and manage risks to health arising from the general environment, communicable disease and environmental health hazards; Reflective Public Health Practice (10 credits): Reflect on your learning, practice and experiences in order to evidence the development of your professional public health practice;

To obtain the MSc, you will also complete a Dissertation (60 credits): Design, plan and undertake a piece of independent applied research, and present the findings.

Assessment methods

Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip

To reflect the applied nature of study, the programme contains no unseen written examinations. Instead, teaching and assessment will focus on case studies, exercises & scenarios reflecting contemporary issues in public health practice, often located within your own professional experience and environment. Examples of assessment tasks include: reports, essays, briefings, oral presentations, group work, observed practice scenarios, online tests and posters. Throughout the programme, the assessment tasks we set will encourage you to select specific topics of study that are relevant to your interests and practice. For example, in the Assessing Health, Wellbeing and Inequity module, you will be asked to assess and evaluate the health and wellbeing of a specified population (in general or focussed on a specific issue/range of issues). You'll be free to select a population and issue of professional and/or personal interest to you.

MSc (SocSc)

To reflect the applied nature of study, the programme contains no unseen written examinations. Instead, teaching and assessment will focus on case studies, exercises & scenarios reflecting contemporary issues in public health practice, often located within your own professional experience and environment. Examples of assessment tasks include: reports, essays, briefings, oral presentations, group work, observed practice scenarios, online tests and posters.

Throughout the programme, the assessment tasks we set will encourage you to select specific topics of study that are relevant to your interests and practice. For example, in the Assessing Health, Wellbeing and Inequity module, you will be asked to assess and evaluate the health and wellbeing of a specified population (in general or focussed on a specific issue/range of issues). You'll be free to select a population and issue of professional and/or personal interest to you.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc (SocSc) Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc (SocSc) Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc (SocSc) Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc (SocSc) Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc (SocSc) Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc (SocSc) Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (EU) 3 years
MSc (SocSc) Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (England) 3 years
MSc (SocSc) Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (Northern Ireland) 3 years
MSc (SocSc) Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (Scotland) 3 years
MSc (SocSc) Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (Wales) 3 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (EU) 3 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (England) 3 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (Northern Ireland) 3 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (Scotland) 3 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (Wales) 3 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (EU) 3 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (England) 3 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (Northern Ireland) 3 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (Scotland) 3 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (Wales) 3 years

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