Public health deals with complex, dynamic issues which are determined and influenced by a range of social, economic and individual factors. With this in mind, we will train you to negotiate and understand these factors, gaining the skills you need to develop your career prospects in the public health sector You’ll be learning how to prevent disease, prolong life and promote health in society.
The course is ideal if you’re currently working in health administration or public health and want to progress onto more senior public health roles.
The multi-disciplinary teaching team will support students to develop knowledge and skills in understanding, developing, implementing and evaluating programmes addressing existing and new public health challenges. These challenges include issues such as changes in the population profile produced by migration and ageing, social and health inequalities, globalisation, climate change and the sustainability of resources; as well as the double burden of communicable and chronic non communicable diseases in both developed nations and countries of economic transition.
The programme is relevant to anyone working or intending to work within the fields of public health, health promotion or community development. This may be within a wide range of settings such as local government, the health services, the NHS, planning or criminal justice or in a voluntary or community setting.
It does this by covering the knowledge base of the UK Occupational National Standards for Public Health, equipping students with the familiarity of the breadth of public health work that is necessary.
The programme will enable you to:
If you are dyslexic, have a specific learning difference or a disability, we have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you.
You’ll be supported by an experienced teaching team from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds, who’ll help develop your skills with learning and teaching organised around classes, support sessions and tutorials.
This course will give you the knowledge to change lives both in the UK and abroad, and have a positive influence on Public Health issues such as violence, climate change, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, alcohol and smoking.
Both cognitive and affective learning will be encouraged, and you will reflect critically on what you have learnt. Specialist lecturers drawn from the field of public health practice are also used to help enhance your learning experience.
Contemporary public health is of a multi-disciplinary nature, so we will ensure you develop a solid understanding of the current practices and challenges in improving the population’s health.
Our next Postgraduate Open Day will be in Autumn 2016. The date will be confirmed soon and registration will open shortly.
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You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,000 available for postgraduate study.
An honours degree (2:2 or above) in a subject associated with or of relevance to public health
Current or recent experience of working in a public health or health promotion role or capacity. (This may be as your main role or as an aspect of your role. It may also be in a paid or voluntary capacity and as a professional or non-professional)
International students should additionally have an English Language qualification (IELTS 6.5 or above).
Applicants without a first degree but with professional qualifications and relevant work experience will be consider for the course on an individual basis.
For students who do not meet this criterion, or for students who would like some preparative study, please contact Personal Development Department for more information on 0121 331 7011.
A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required.
All applicants are asked to supply a personal statement identifying their experience and/or knowledge and understanding of public health together with their reasons for application to the programme.
In addition an academic reference should be supplied preferably from an academic who has taught you in the last few years. If this is not possible, a professional reference is required.
Students may be asked to an informal interview, depending on their application information.
We normally operate a cut-off date for applications of the end of August. However, late applications may be considered, if places are still available.
|MSc||Sep 2016||FT||1 year||£7,200|
|MSc||Sep 2016||PT||3 years||£800 per 20-credit module|
|PgCert||Sep 2016||PT||33 weeks||£800 per 20-credit module|
|PgDip||Sep 2016||FT||33 weeks||£4,800|
|PgDip||Sep 2016||PT||2 years||£800 per 20-credit module|
|MSc||Sep 2016||FT||1 year||£12,000|
|PgDip||Sep 2016||FT||33 weeks||£8,000|
The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.
The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.
All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our pdf application form instead.
Please submit your application as early as possible. We aim to give you a decision within two weeks of receiving your application. Please note that NHS Trust application deadlines may differ from our own and you should check with your NHS Trust training/education contact for confirmation of their deadlines.
Please ensure that you include full details of your qualifications and relevant work experience as part of your application.
The method of payment of your course fees will differ depending on whether you are a self-funding, sponsored or contracted/commissioned applicant. Definitions are provided below and you must choose the appropriate option when prompted. If you are unsure which funding method applies to you please consult your training/education contact in your NHS Trust prior to applying:
You are paying for the course and responsible for the fees.
Select 'Self Funded' when making your application.
Course fees are paid directly by the employer/NHS Trust which means we invoice your employer/NHS Trust to obtain payment.
To apply for this course you must download and complete the CPD Sponsorship Agreement Form, and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.
Select ‘Sponsored (eg employer, NHS Trust, charity)’ when making your application’.
The NHS Trust agrees with HE West Midlands for your course fees to be paid directly to the University from funds managed by HE West Midlands for pre-agreed programmes.
To apply for this course you must obtain a contracted/commissioned financial support form from your Trust contact and upload the completed form and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.
Select ‘Funded by HE West Midlands (Contracted/Commissioned)’ when making your application.
Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.
You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
Year one students attend university all day Friday, whilst year two students attend on Wednesdays.
You will receive detailed timetables during your induction in term one.
At the end of year one, Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health will be awarded to students registered for this award.
Public Health Foundations: Models, Approaches and Practice (term one)
This module will help you gain an advanced understanding of the foundations of public health practice, preparing you for the current challenges in public health, both nationally and internationally.
Global Context of Public health (term one)
You will assess the social, economic, environmental and political processes that impact upon public health practices across the globe, specifically the spread of health issues and problems, public health action and the ways in which public health practices are influenced by wider global processes.
Public health in a social context: People, places and policy (term two)
On this module, you will develop an appreciation of the individual, social, environmental and political factors that influence public health. You will explore the sociological, psychological and policy aspects of health, public health and health inequalities.
Leadership for health and social care (term two)
Public health leaders are committed, driven and strong leaders for their organisations. Study of this module will enable you enhance these skills, examining leadership theories, accountability, practice-based integrity and ethical professional behaviour.
At the end of year two, Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health will be awarded to students registered for this award.
Public Health from Health Protection to Community Development (term three)
Research Methods and Evaluation for Public Health (term three)
This module is designed to equip you with the ability to critically evaluate public health research and interventions, as well as the ability to design your own research based on sound public health knowledge and ethical practice. The module is also designed to increase critical understanding of research designs in a public health context.
Epidemiology (term four)
This module examines how local, national and international health data is identified and measured in public health programme and intervention. You will enhance your critical understanding of the key concepts and sources of epidemiological data and its role in public health.
MSc Research Dissertation (term four)
This quadruple module forms the final bridge between an award of a Postgraduate Diploma and the award of an MSc. This provides you with an opportunity to channel and focus the skills you’ve learnt on a specific area of public health practice or theory. This is achieved via a substantial task of independent learning, with support from a designated supervisor. The dissertation may be up to 20,000 words in length.
The course can be studied at either full-time or part-time. The full-time programme is 12 months in length, while the part-time option is three academic years. Part-time study involves attendance on one day a week, currently Fridays in year one and Wednesdays in year two; full-time students would attend University on both days.
Awarded after the successful completion of 60 credits* at level 7. The duration of this award is one academic year (part time study).
NB. Regarding Postgraduate Certificate*
The successful completion of an acceptable combination of 60 credits at level 7 allows you to be awarded Postgraduate Certificate.
An acceptable combination is a total of 60 credits to include successful completion of either:
Awarded on the successful completion of 120 credits at level 7. The duration of this award is two academic years for part time students and one academic year for full time students.
Awarded after the successful completion of the modules comprising the postgraduate diploma (120 credits at level 7) plus successful completion of the MSc dissertation (60 credits at level 7). The length of this course is three academic years for part time students and one calendar year for full time students.
On successful completion of the MSc, there is the possibility of moving on to undertake an MPhil or PhD.
The following spreadsheet gives 2015/16 dates for all Health-related modules:
My course offered various means of teaching, along with great support offered by the tutors and staff. The support was better than I expected because all the staff were pleased to help whenever you needed.
Birmingham City University has a great team in the Learning Centre who offered great support and advice. The atmosphere around the University is very friendly and I loved studying in Birmingham, apart from the heavy traffic.
The course will enhance your career prospects, enabling you to progress onto more senior public health roles at either operational, policy or commissioning level. The transferrable nature of the course also means you could move into a management or research post.
Past graduates include a number of people now working in prominent roles regionally and nationally such as; National Mental Health Promotion Lead, Regional Commissioning Manager, Consultant in Public Health and Director of Public Health.
Get further information on the wide variety of careers available.
Postgraduate Certificate Public Health awarded on the successful completion of 60 credits* at level 7. The duration of this award is one academic year
Postgraduate Diploma Public Health awarded on the successful completion of 120 credits at level 7. The duration of this award is two academic years for part time students and one academic year for full time students.
MSc Public Health awarded after the successful completion of the modules comprising the postgraduate diploma (120 credits at level 7) plus successful completion of the MSc dissertation (60 credits at level 7). The length of this course is three academic years for part time students and one calendar year for full time students.
NB. Regarding Postgraduate Certificate*
The successful completion of an acceptable combination of 60 credits at level 7 allows you to receive an award of Postgraduate Certificate.
An acceptable combination is a total of 60 credits to include successful completion of either:
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
Past students include practitioners now in a range of health management roles, such as public health specialist, regional mental health promotion coordinator and independent public health consultant.
The course enables you to address the UK National Standards for public health practice and provides a platform for individual portfolio development towards registration with the UK Voluntary Register for public health specialists.
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.
These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some of the best learning facilities in the UK.
In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.
For pre-registration midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.
Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.
The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.
Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.
The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.
It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.
We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.
We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.
The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.
The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.
You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.
The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:
Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.
The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.
Barbara has a background in qualitative and mixed methods research focusing specifically on service evaluation and the lived experience of individuals especially those affected by adversities or traumatic events. She also has a particular interest in personal development, specifically academic development and has tutored for both the Open University and the Royal College of Nursing on distance learning programmes.