The postgraduate programme in Public Health is designed to meet the needs of students from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences and is offered to a range health and social care professionals. The programme is based on the principles of the multidimensional nature of health and aims to enable participants to develop skills and knowledge required for leadership roles in multisectoral public health policy development and practice.
Evidence-based practice and research are seen as high priorities in health care and the programme will help students to develop the ability to analyse and synthesise health data and research findings in critical and inquisitive ways. Inter-professional collaboration is seen as a valuable tool of the multidisciplinary learning and, by sharing different aspects of the programme, students will gain an understanding and insight into each others field of practice. This will enable them to engage in dialogue with a critical community of peers and to develop skills for participatory health policy-making. Our students come from many parts of the world and many different cultures which broadens and enriches professional experience and knowledge.
The MSc programme in Public Health at UEL is:
The MSc programme is structured on a semester basis and can be taken over a period of eighteen months to six years. The first semester runs from September to January; the second semester from February to June. Completion of the programme requires a minimum study period of 3 semesters.
All modules are at M Level and are awarded 30 M Level Credits. The taught component of each module lasts for 12 weeks. Each of the modules will entail the same amount of study (300 hours). This is divided between contact time at the University, directed study (pursuing learning objectives specifically associated with the module) and private study which includes reading and preparation of assignments. The allocation of the hours will vary between modules.
The completion of this programme involves the successful completion of the five core modules [four taught and one semi-taught; the dissertation] plus one optional module.
The Dissertation, also awarded 30 credits, is a self-directed, semi-taught, core module and is undertaken with the guidance of a supervisor and supported by group sessions with the module leader. There are additional resources available within the University to assist you with your study skills.
In exceptional circumstances, and at the discretion of the Programme Leader, the dissertation can be taken as a double module [60 credits]. To compensate the final number of credits taken, students accepted in this path are exempted from taking the optional module.
Most students elect to start the programme in September but it is equally possible to start this programme in February.
The Masters programme aims to educate students to have a reflective approach to practice, an ability to transfer skills and knowledge across specialities and a commitment to life-long learning.
The teaching facilities relevant for these programme at the Stratford Campus of UEL comprise of lecture theatres, computer laboratories and seminar rooms and will be utilised, as appropriate, to provide suitable learning environments in line with module requirements. The Stratford Campus library is adjacent to the teaching facilities and is open 24hours a day during teaching time providing computer, multimedia and paper-based resources for students. Additional Web-based support is available in the form of a virtual learning environment for off-campus support of students via internet access.
Full-time mode MSc: 18 months (Sept Jan, or Feb Jun, the following year)
Participants wishing to study full-time may begin studying in either September or February. The full-time participant will complete six modules [five taught modules and a one semi-taught; the dissertation].
All modules apart from Research and Epidemiology for Health Professionals and the Dissertation are offered in one semester only. Successfully completing Research and Epidemiology for Health Professionals is a pre-requisite to register in the Dissertation module.
Part-time mode MSc: Two and a Half to Six Years
Participants wishing to study part-time may begin studying in either September or February. The part-time participant can control their own pace of learning and would normally study one module [30 credits] per semester over three years. The modules are distinct entities in themselves and student will register for each module individually. Part-time students are expected to complete the Public Health: Theory and Practice module within their first academic year of study and are advised to complete the Research and Epidemiology module at an early stage.
Admission to programmes is the responsibility of the admissions team. Requirements for entering the programmes are listed below:
In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 650 (or equivalent) is required. International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes.
Students that apply for exemption from parts of the programme may be admitted through normal Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes, or through an approved articulation agreement. Such applicants must be able to demonstrate and evidence that they have the required learning outcomes as listed in the modules for which they are seeking exemption.
Applications forms are available on-line.
Candidates might be requested to provide further information and might be invited to an interview with the programme leader.
No work experience is required.
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