University of Essex Online

University of Essex Online

Public Health

This programme has been designed for busy health professionals looking to gain a recognised qualification from a UK university while continuing to work at the same time. This course will provide students with a systematic and critical understanding of the key concepts underlying public health. Through its alignment with the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework this course will develop your ability to undertake independent research culminating in a dissertation project as a capstone to your studies. This course is the most comprehensive of our Public Health programmes, incorporating the opportunity to complete an independent piece of original research. Building on the Postgraduate Diploma module base, you will also study research design and critical appraisal and complete a dissertation project of your choosing. In addition, you will have the opportunity to complete two further optional modules to tailor your study further. The course culminates in the completion of a dissertation research project where you will have the opportunity to put what you have learned into practice and demonstrate your ability to undertake independent research.

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); dissertation (50 credits).

Assessment methods

We adopt an assignment-based approach to assessment instead of exams. Assessment will be based on a combination of written assignments, engagement in online discussion forums and the completion of a dissertation based on an individual research project.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MPH On-line study July 2018 GBP 10,608 per Whole course (Home/EU) 2 Years

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