University of Brighton

University of Brighton

Public Health

This course meets the educational and career developmental needs of health, environmental and social care professionals and managers working in settings across the spectrum: NHS, local authority and non-statutory sectors. The course is designed to give grounding in public health theory and practice, provide a mechanism for analysing and instituting change in practice, and to support public health leadership and registration. The forum for learning and practice provided by this course is particularly pertinent in a time of change. The delivery of public health in England will be radically altered as the result of recent government white papers such as Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS with its proposals to establish a national public health service, Public Health England, and the consultation document Transparency in Outcomes: NHS Outcomes Framework. The white paper Healthy Lives, Healthy People, Our Strategy for Public Health in England describes plans for a radical transformation of the public health service in England with the shift of organisational responsibility for framing and delivering the public health strategic agenda at a local population level moving from the NHS to local authorities, through the appointment of joint directors of public health and the establishment of local health and wellbeing boards. The course is designed to cover much of the ground required for the Faculty of Public Health Part A examination and the UK Public Health Register, but does not offer exemption from those processes. The course is open to all professionals and managers who are in a position to deliver improvements in population health. A 1st degree is not essential, but evidence of at least 3 years work experience in an environment broadly related to public and environmental health, and capacity to study at Master's level are required. It would be useful if you maintain relevant employment throughout the course at a minimum of 15 hours per week. If you do not fulfil the above criteria you may still apply after discussion with the course leader. You may also apply for individual modules as part of continuing education without undertaking a degree pathway.

Entry requirements

EITHER a degree and evidence of (i) a capacity to study at Master's level and (ii) substantial interest and/or experience in an area of public health; OR, evidence of (i) a capacity to study at Master's level and (ii) at least 3 years work experience in an environment broadly related to public and environmental health; OR, for intercalating medical students: successful completion of at least 3 years basic medical science at a UK medical school (having gained at least 360 credits) with a guaranteed place to continue medical studies on completion of the MSc. Claims for the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) will be considered to a maximum of 50 per cent of the total credits permitted.For non-native speakers of English: students for whom English is not a first language must demonstrate an acceptable standard of comprehension and communication in the English Language (IELTS: minimum overall score of 7.0 and 7.0 for the writing element).

Course modules

Elements of public health; research methods and critical appraisal; epidemiology.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,552 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 11,840 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 6,552 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
PgCert Full-time - 1 years
PgDip Full-time - 1 years
PgCert Part-time - 3 years
PgDip Part-time - 3 years
MSc Part-time - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Falmer Campus Brighton BN1 9PH South East

Key information

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