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  • Objectives
    It provides foundation training for those who wish to undertake the membership examination of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine or develop their portfolio for the UK Voluntary Register for Public Health Specialists. We draw on the expertise and skills of a wide range of collaborators including public health practitioners and research staff from various schools across the University as well as guest lecturers who are at the cutting-edge of contemporary public health All this will help you develop critical awareness and of the professional skills needed to address the challenges facing public health today.
  • Entry requirements
    This course is aimed at those working in health and social care organisations, local authorities, the voluntary sector and other health related initiatives who want to develop greater understanding and competence in key areas of public health practice.
  • Academic Title
    MSc/PGDip/PGCert Public Health and Society
  • Course description
    Programme Content

    The programme begins in September and is delivered part time over 2 years on one dedicated teaching day. The Masters consists of 7 modules and a dissertation. Each module can also be taken individually as a short course for continuing professional development.


    Introduction to Public Health explores the breadth and scope of contemporary health theory and practice. The focus is on an elaboration of current concepts of public health that reflect the range of issues facing public health practitioners.

    Tackling Health Inequalities will develop your understanding of what health inequalities are and how they come about. Explanations for health inequalities are explored, key policy documents are critically evaluated and methods to tackling health inequalities are investigated.

    Research Methods for Public Health is designed to increase understanding of public health research tools and equip you with the skills necessary to undertake evidence-based projects. You will also explore quantitative and qualitative approaches to population health research.

    Environmental Health Issues addresses the impact of environment on population health. You will consider the sources of hazards within the environment and how both their incidence and the risk of exposure to them may be reduced.

    Disaster Management covers a wide range of incidents looking at planning, response and recovery issues. Focusing on personal experiences, the module gives students an understanding of resilience and business continuity, including developing training and exercise skills.

    Communicable Diseases looks at the main communicable diseases, their transmission and control and the importance of infections diseases in the public health arena.

    Lifestyle and Health will help you understand the concept of lifestyle and health from a regional, national and international perspective.


    Students enrolled on the MSc must undertake a research project and write a dissertation which provides the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and knowledge acquired during the taught portion of the programme.

    What you can expect from Salford

    This programme, managed by the Centre for Public Health Research is delivered by a team of dynamic and supportive staff who are committed to providing knowledge and skills appropriate for the new public health agenda.

    We have a strong tradition of working closely with health and social care organisations and also draw on expertise from other departments in the University to deliver an inter-disciplinary perspective on public health.

    Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, small group work, case studies, exercises, coursework, posters and presentations. A combination of approaches from different disciplines encourages greater understanding and independent and collaborative learning.

    You’ll find us on the Allerton Campus of the University which includes the Mary Seacole Building, a brand new development with state-of-the-art clinical practice wards, lecture theatres and offices, providing some the most up-to-date facilities in the UK.

    Virtual Learning

    You will get additional support through Blackboard, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It can be accessed by registered users from anywhere in the world by using the internet and provides a range of possibilities, including:

    -The delivery of course materials, such as handbooks, lecture handouts, slides and web links which can be accessed easily by students both on and off campus
    -The use of discussion boards that allows discussion between staff, students and others
    -Online exchanges between staff, students and others who can be logged into a virtual classroom
    -Taking online assessments with automatic marking and feedback facilities

    Research that matters

    The Faculty is home to a vibrant research community which offers:

    -A creative and dynamic environment for the conduct of ground-breaking research that has a direct impact upon health and social care policy and practice
    -Inter-disciplinary research that unites academics, researchers, postgraduate students and research users in a shared community of enquiry
    -Partnerships and collaborations with a wide range of organisations and researchers in the UK and internationally

    This means that we are able to offer a wealth of experience across a diverse range of disciplines that will enhance your learning experience.

    Did you know?

    All our programmes are mapped against the NHS Key Skills Framework

    You can therefore show you have the knowledge and skills to deliver a quality service. This is essential if you are interviewing for a job or looking to take on extra responsibility

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