The course is based in the Division of Epidemiology and Public Health within the School of Medicine which has a strong record of supporting and developing professional careers through postgraduate taught courses, and in helping students to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to take up new opportunities in the fields of public health and epidemiology.
Classes are delivered at Nottingham City Hospital’s Clinical Sciences Building, which has free transport to the University’s main campus and a local park and ride car park, as well as excellent public transport links to Nottingham City centre.
For the masters course, students complete a total of 180 credits :
- 70 credits of core modules
- 50 credits of optional modules
- 60 credits for the dissertation
Three major components
Core modules, relating to the essential public health disciplines
- Theory and Practice in Public Health
- Research Methods in Epidemiology with Basic Statistics
- Health Care Systems
- Sociology of Health and Illness
- Health Promotion
- Evaluation Techniques
- Protocol and Dissertation
Optional modules, allowing you to develop individual interests
You are advised to plan carefully to ensure a balance of credits across the semesters.
See 'Modules' below.
An extended project of your choice leading to a dissertation
This is designed to develop generic analytical skills, integrating the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the course.
Start date and University welcome events
The course begins in late September/early October, when all students are expected to attend the course’s compulsory taught introductory week which runs Monday-Friday, inclusive.
International students are expected to attend the International Office Welcome Programme to help them to settle into Nottingham. All students are invited to attend the School of Medicine’s Welcome Event which includes a series of presentations on the school’s facilities and resources, the careers and employability service, IT facilities and online resources, the Faculty Graduate School, and presentations from alumni.
Core modules are taught in Semester One on specified Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Optional modules are taught in Semester Two on specified Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays. Students attend depending on their choice of modules.
Full-time students attend on all timetabled days; part-time students attend on specified Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Year One and on Thursdays in Year Two.
Teaching methods vary in line with the objectives of the course but include a range of methods from lectures to private study, from guided and independent group exercises to problem-based and self-directed learning.
Most modules are delivered to small groups of no more than 25 students.Use of the internet, the virtual learning environment (Moodle) and email is expected, and appropriate support and training given.
Students will also learn to use Stata statistical software and NVivo software for qualitative research.
Assessment methods vary, and include:
- written assignments demonstrating different styles of writing
- closed book examinations
- verbal communication skills (e.g. oral presentations)
- management and analysis of data
Depending on your chosen pathway, you may also complete further verbal and poster presentations. Some work is assessed as group work.
Assessments may take place during timetabled sessions, but most are prepared by students in their own time.
Postgraduate diploma and certificate
We also offer a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) and Certificate (PGCert) in Public Health. These can be taken full-time within one year, or part-time over two years (up to a maximum of four years).
Diploma students take all of the core and a selection of optional taught modules from the Masters programme.
Certificate students take the following core modules of the Masters programme only, totalling 60 credits: Research Methods and Basic Statistics, Theory and Practice in Public Health, Introduction to Health Promotion, Evaluation Techniques and, Healthcare systems and Management.
Many of our PGCert and PGDip students successfully transfer to the full MPH following adequate academic performance at the end of Semester One.