Masters in Public Health MSc

MSc Public Health and Health Promotion

1. Overview

At a time when strategies and policies for improving individual and population health are firmly on the agenda of governments globally, this course has been specifically designed to meet these challenges and demand from stakeholders and prospective students.

The importance of innovative approaches to health and social care has never been more critical with the widening inequalities gap, the continuing global financial crisis and climate change. The new public health approach has different characteristics from the old public health model and now includes prevention and promotion whilst giving recognition of the social determinants of health. This course will allow you to develop the skills required to meet existing and emerging challenges locally, nationally and internationally.

You will explore the principles of health promotion and public health and address current issues in improving health and the prevention of disease including epidemiology. You will examine the impact of health inequalities and explore global health and health psychology and the principles of behaviour change. 

2. What you will study

  • Principles and Concepts: Health Promotion and New Public Health
  • Inequalities
  • Global Health
  • Evidence-based Public Health
  • Health Psychology and the Principles of Behaviour Change
  • Population Health & Wellbeing
  • Leadership and Partnership Working for Health
  • Research Project 

Award: MSc Public Health and Health Promotion (180 SCQF level 11 credits)

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

3. How you will learn

Our goal is to help you develop into critical and reflective public health practitioners who have strong problem solving skills while being able to implement creative solutions. Consequently there is a high emphasis on student participation in all modules with a self-directed approach to learning being essential if you are to achieve the aims of the course within the one year timeframe. Our expectation is that you are active and engaged learners. Staff will expect you to attend class thoroughly prepared having reviewed the relevant directed study. In class you will engage with the module material undertaking activities and discussions to help you gain a deeper understanding of the issues and potential solutions. When in class you will be expected to contribute to discussions by asking questions, offering your point of view and sharing your experiences and knowledge. Key guest speakers are invited to join the modules to bring topical and current issues to the learning experience.

If you study this course online then you will be taught via our virtual learning environment CampusMoodle, where you will work both individually and within a group environment, with formal and informal sessions. You will take part in online tutorial sessions through the virtual classroom utilising innovative technologies to facilitate engagement and encourage discussion and debate.

In addition to the Module Leader, e-tutors from practice settings facilitate the discussion forums and online tutorials to help relate theory to practice.

4. Entry Requirements

Typically you will have a degree/honours degree and a minimum of one year’s work experience in a health related industry or a professional qualification. 

English Language

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

5. Placements and Accreditations

Accreditation by the IUHPE (International Union for Health Promotion Education) means you can be confident that the course meets IUHPE Core Competencies and Professional Standards.  This will support your own competence and mobility in Health Promotion practice globally.  As a student you would be able to join the IUHPE Student and Early Career Network (ISECN) and on successful completion of the course you can apply for registration with IUHPE giving you professional accreditation and access to a wide range of resources.

The course is also recognised by the Royal Society for Public Health, the world's longest established public health body, which has a multi-disciplinary professional membership dedicated to improvement of the public's health and wellbeing.

6. Student Funding

Scholarships

Applicants to this course may be eligible for a scholarship. More information:

Health Professions Scholarships

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2017/2018

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £6,950 .

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £2365 for stage 1
  • £2365 for stage 2
  • £1570 for stage 3

International Students

Full-time

  • £10,800 .

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £4015 for stage 1
  • £4015 for stage 2
  • £2670 for stage 3

For Academic Year 2016/2017

Scottish Students

Full-time

  • £6,500 .

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £2020 for stage 1
  • £2020 for stage 2
  • £1660 for stage 3

EU Students

Full-time

  • £6,500 .

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £2920 for stage 1
  • £2920 for stage 2
  • £1660 for stage 3

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £6,500 .

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £2920 for stage 1
  • £2920 for stage 2
  • £1660 for stage 3

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,000 .

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £4620 for stage 1
  • £4620 for stage 2
  • £1660 for stage 3

For Academic Year 2015/2016

Scottish Students

  • £1940 for stage 1
  • £1940 for stage 2
  • £1600 for stage 3

EU Students

  • £2815 for stage 1
  • £2815 for stage 2
  • £1600 for stage 3

Rest of UK Students

  • £2815 for stage 1
  • £2815 for stage 2
  • £1600 for stage 3

International Students

  • £4450 for stage 1
  • £4450 for stage 2
  • £1600 for stage 3

For Academic Year 2014/2015

UK/EU Students

  • £2,625 for years 1 and 2 (each) RUK/EU students
  • £1,750 for year 3 Scottish, RUK and EU students
  • £1,990 for years 1 and 2 (each) Scottish students

International Students

  • £3,750 for year 1
  • £3,750 for year 2
  • £1,750 for year 3

For Academic Year 2013/2014

UK/EU Students

  • £2,275 for years 1 and 2 RUK/EU students
  • £1,825 for years 1 and 2 Scottish students
  • £1,500 for year 3 Scottish, RUK and EU students

International Students

  • £3,150 for year 1
  • £3,150 for year 2
  • £1,500 for year 3

For Academic Year 2012/2013

All Students

  • To be confirmed please contact the course leader

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,735 for year 1
  • £1,735 for year 2
  • £1,450 for year 3

Rest of UK Students

  • £2,175 for year 1
  • £2,175 for year 2
  • £1,450 for year 3

International Students

  • £1,450 for year 3
  • £3,025 for year 1
  • £3,025 for year 2

For Academic Year 2011/2012

UK/EU Students

  • £1700 per academic year

International Students

  • £5,650 per academic year

Disclaimer

Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

8. How to apply

You should apply for this course via www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

If you are a UK/EU applicant and have any queries, please contact our Admissions Office: 

If you are an International Applicant and would like further information and application advice:

Terms and Conditions of Admissions

The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

9. Prospects

This course is suitable for those working in the key areas of health, public health, health improvement, health promotion, local authorities, local government, education, social care, sports & leisure, private sector, occupational health, oral and dental health and the third sector both in the UK and internationally by providing you with a professional qualification that will develop your understanding of this complex field and strengthen, enhance and improve your career prospects.

Students on the existing programme come from a wide range of disciplines including public health, physiotherapy, dietetics, third sector, nursing and midwifery, oncology and occupational health.

Opportunities have increased significantly with the global changes in health and the challenges that lifestyle related diseases are presenting. Employment opportunities include:

  • clinical practice
  • local authorities and commissioning boards
  • occupational health
  • education
  • work based health programmes
  • sports and leisure centres
  • social care.

Other related areas and opportunities include community development, non-government agencies, charitable and voluntary organisations. 

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MSc

Start Date

January (Online) September (Full-time)

Course Length

1-3 years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time or Distance Learning

Academic School
School of Health Sciences
More Information:
Laura Binnie Course Leader
01224 263281
Accreditation
International Union for Health Promotion Education - IUHPE
Recognised By
The Royal Society for Public Health
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