Aligned with our Masters of Public Health, this is a specific pathway to meet the needs of students wishing to study public health with an emphasis on international health issues.
Based in the Division of Epidemiology and Public Health within the School of Medicine, we have a strong record of supporting and developing professional careers through our postgraduate taught courses, and in helping our students to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to take up new opportunities in fields related to their previous qualifications.
Classes are delivered at Nottingham City Hospital’s Clinical Sciences Building, which has transport links 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.
You will need to complete a total of 180 credits for the masters course:
- 70 credits from core modules
- 50 credits from optional modules
- 60 credits from your dissertation
Three major components
Core modules cover essential public health disciplines
You complete core modules cover essential public health disciplines in Semester One, before moving on to studying International Health throughout Semester Two.
- Planning and Evaluating Public Health Interventions
- Research Methods in Epidemiology with Basic Statistics
- Health Economics
- Introduction to Health Promotion
- International Health
Optional modules, allowing you to develop your individual interests
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.
Students from overseas are encouraged bring with them ideas and material suitable for their project, and may discuss these in advance with staff.
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 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.