University of Essex Online

University of Essex Online

Public Health

This is an advanced qualification designed to equip busy health professionals with a recognised qualification from a UK university while continuing to work at the same time. It provides a deeper understanding of public health by incorporating the key topic of epidemiology. You will build upon the essential knowledge gained from units within the Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health. The knowledge and skills you develop in this course will help you to develop confidence in measuring and interpreting population level data, which will combine to support your ability to assess priorities, promote public health and consider the wider determinants of population health through completion of your choice of two of our optional modules. Tailoring study options is a key benefit of this course, one that will allow focus on your key areas of interest, current employment or employment pursuits.

Entry requirements

Academic entry route: An undergraduate degree from an approved institution equivalent to a UK Honours degree or a relevant professional qualification. English language proficiency should be at a level equivalent to IELTS (Academic) 6.5.

Work experience entry route: At least 5 years' relevant senior level work experience; English language proficiency should be at a level equivalent to IELTS (Academic) 6.5.

Course modules

Core modules: health promotion (20 credits); topics in public health (20 credits); health needs assessment and priority setting (20 credits); epidemiology (20 credits); advanced practice in healthcare (20 credits); research methods (20 credits).

Assessment methods

We adopt an assignment-based approach to assessment instead of exams. Assessment for the course will be based on a combination of written assignments and engagement in online discussion forums.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip On-line study July 2018 GBP 7,072 per Whole course (Home/EU) 16 Months

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