Public Health (MPH)
1 year (full-time) / 27 months (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)
The Master of Public Health (MPH) programme aims to provide students with the knowledge to:
- Quantitatively and qualitatively assess the population’s health and health needs, including the determinants and status of health and well-being and development of effective action.
- Critically assess the evidence relating to the effectiveness of health and healthcare interventions, programmes and services.
- Promote the health of populations by influencing lifestyle and socio-economic, physical and cultural environment through methods of health promotion, including health education
- Protect the public’s health from communicable and environmental hazards
- Collect, generate, synthesise, appraise, analyse, interpret and communicate intelligence that measures the health status, risks, needs and health outcomes of defined populations.
- Multi-disciplinary and trans-professional in both its content and the students it attracts. The programme is the product of a collaboration between academic partners and the NHS including the School of Medicine at Cardiff University, Public Health Wales, Cardiff Metropolitan University, and the University of Glamorgan (now University of South Wales).
- The MPH has been run successfully in Cardiff since 1989 and has a national and international reputation. The course is designed to fit closely with the syllabus of the UK Faculty of Public Health and to take account of the changing nature of public health practice globally.
- Required course for public health trainees in Wales preparing for the examination for membership of the Faculty of Public Health, for whom a supplementary course is available.
The MPH programme starts in September each year and can be taken full-time over one year, or part-time over 27 months. The programme has Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma exit points.
Part-time students take the core modules (held every Wednesday during terms 1, 2 and 3) in year 1 and specialty modules in year 2 (held on Thursdays and Fridays depending on the subject). Full-time students take core and specialty modules concurrently. All students undertake a dissertation on a suitable public health topic.
Students will undertake 80 credits from core modules and a further 40 credits from their choice of two specialty modules. The dissertation is worth a further 60 credits.
Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials and small group work. Students are assessed via summative assignments, and unseen examinations in May. Dissertation work is carried out during the summer for submission in September (full-time) or December (part-time).
Full-time students will be required to attend 2 or 3 days per week, depending on module choices. Part-time students will be required to attend 1 day per week during their first year (Wednesday) and 1 or 2 days during their second year, depending on module choices.
The core modules are:
- Basic Epidemiology
- Applied Epidemiology
- Statistical Methodology
- Health Economics, Policy and Planning
Students then choose two from the following specialty modules:
- Health Improvement (comprising health education, health promotion, nutrition, social marketing and health inequalities)
- Health Protection (comprising communicable disease control, environmental health, chemical incident management and emergency planning)
- Leadership and Management in Health (comprising a range of theoretical models and applying them to public health practice and covers a range of learning objectives of the UK Faculty of Public Health ‘Part A’ examination)
- Global Health
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Apply the principles, theory, philosophy and practice of public health in their field of professional responsibility
- Understand the important historical and cultural contexts determining the public’s health to assess the feasibility and appropriateness of different courses of intervention
- Use a knowledge of the critical issues at stake in modern public health to appraise the effect of interventions on different social groups
- Critically assess research and be able to evaluate its relevance for public health
- Synthesise and evaluate primary and secondary data
- Achieve on a personal basis high quality public health practical skills
- Design, use and analyse different public health techniques
- Plan, conduct and report on an individual research assignment
- Sustain a critical argument, both in writing and through presentation
- Write for different public health stakeholders
- Demonstrate a capacity for autonomous learning as a basis for life-long professional development
- Keep clear and accurate records
- Listen effectively and communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively by oral, written and practical means
- Work effectively in a team and as an individual
- Use IT, e.g. the internet, databases, spreadsheets, word processing
Suitable for those from a wide range of health backgrounds, including dentistry, environmental health, health information, health planning, health promotion, health service evaluation, health service management, social work, medicine, nutrition, and nursing.
In addition to satisfying the Cardiff University General Entrance Requirements, including English Language requirements, applicants will normally possess an initial degree in Medicine, Dentistry, Public Health or other related field or a cognate subject, awarded by a recognised Institution, at 2:1 level or higher.
Non-graduates may also be accepted provided the applicant is able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Head of School or nominee that they have held, for a minimum period of two years, a position of responsibility relevant to the programme.
All applications will be considered on an individual basis by the selection committee. Overseas applications should be received in good time before the start of the programme, preferably by June. UK-based applicants may be invited to attend for an informal discussion.
For more information please visit the MPH website.
Tuition Fees 2016/17
Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.
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Per 20-credit module: £1,292
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Next intake: September each year
Name: Mrs Julia Hodgson
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7227
Name: Dr Ben Carter or Ms Hannah Broughton (Academic Contact)
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7147 or +44 (0)29 2068 7224