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 global health issues.
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, with links to the University’s main campus and a local park and ride car park, as well as excellent public transport links into Nottingham City centre.
Core modules are taught in Semester One on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Optional modules are taught in Semester Two on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Full-time students attend on all timetabled days; part-time students attend depending on their choice of which year to take core and optional modules. Our part-time timetable is flexible where possible to accommodate individual needs.
Through our comprehensive set of core modules you will gain skills that are transferable to public health practice in all contexts. This includes skills in epidemiology, statistics, research methods, critical appraisal, and applied public health techniques such as health needs assessment.
Planning and Evaluating Public Health Interventions
Fundamentals of Public Health
Research Methods for Public Health
Optional modules will offer the opportunity to gain more in-depth skills in subjects of particular interest to you, including qualitative research methods, health data management, health economics, health promotion, sociology and health protection.
Health Systems Strengthening
Further Medical Statistics
Qualitative Methodology and Analysis
Tobacco Control Interventions
Sociology of Health and Illness
Health Protection Principles and Practice
Data Organisation and Management in Epidemiology (DOME): A Practical Course in Stata
Public Health Nutrition Policy
Promotion of Workplace Health and Wellbeing
Principles and processes of comprehensive systematic reviews
The final dissertation provides the opportunity to carry out an extended piece of research to address a real public health problem, integrating the skills gained throughout the course and well-supported by experienced researchers.
You will gain skills that are highly valued by a range of national and global employers, including national health services, governmental and non-governmental organisations, academic institutions and industry.
Students from overseas are encouraged bring with them ideas and material suitable for their project, and may discuss these in advance with staff.
Previous projects include:
- Reporting and management of fertility problems in general practice: Obtaining population-based estimates of the current clinical burden in the UK
- Do cravings predict smoking cessation? An investigation into the utility of the “urges to smoke” measures
- Do school characteristics predict school obesity prevalence?
- Risk of acute appendicitis in and around pregnancy
- Reducing under-five child mortality in sub-saharan Africa: An audit
- Smoking, drinking and television: An exploration of the depiction and contextualisation of alcohol and tobacco consumption in popular TV series, with a focus on social norming
- Why do parents use A&E: A qualitative interview study
- Viewing smoking in movies and its association with initiating smoking in adolescents: A systematic review and meta analysis
- An evaluation of the Nottingham Breastfeeding Peer Support Programme for young mothers
- Expectations versus reality: couples' experiences of infant feeding
- Are mass media campaigns aimed at changing alcohol consumption effective: A systematic review
- The association between preoperative stroke and 30-day mortality following non-cardiac elective surgery
- An exploration of service users’ perspectives of Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid – A specialist domestic violence and abuse service
- Teens and sexting; are there any emerging public health messages associated with this 21st century phenomenon
- A systematic review of the use of internet and social media for the delivery of health promotion on smoking, nutrition and physical activity
- Premature birth and respiratory health in adulthood
- A systematic review of epidemiological studies investigating risk factors for road traffic crashes in low and middle income countries
- Content analysis of press coverage in the UK of Zika virus during 2016
- Healthcare worker seasonal influenza vaccine
- The role of male involvement in family planning in developing countries: a systematic review and meta analysis
- E-cigarettes: A qualitative study of attitudes in the workplace
- A cross-sectional study of the impacts of standardised tobacco packaging legislation on University of Nottingham students
- Qualitative systematic review: views and perceptions of HIV
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. This course page may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.
Teaching methods and assessment
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
- assessed group work
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.
Teaching methods vary in line with the objectives of the course but include a range of methods from lectures and tutorials 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 statistical software and NVivo software for qualitative research.
As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, such as printing, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies or more specific titles.
Scholarships and bursaries
The need for high quality education and training in public health has been consistently recognised and rewarded by scholarship bodies from around the world. In previous cohorts, more than half of students on our MPH programme received scholarships or funding to help them achieve their academic goals.
Government loans for masters courses
Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.
International and EU students
Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.
We provide guidance on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study. You can also access specific funding opportunities, entry requirements and other resources for students from specific countries.