Spotlight on… Master of Public Health
Earlier this year we launched our Master of Public Health (MPH) and with the first start date rapidly approaching, we’ve decided to dedicate this week’s blog post to giving you more information about this exciting new course.
Read on to discover more about this far-reaching and global topic…
What is it?
Public Health is defined as “the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals.”1 Put simply, public health is everywhere and affects everyone; from government spending decisions to delivery of vaccinations, worldwide health services and more.
In the UK, some of the organisations within the public health sector include the Department of Health, the Medical Research Council, Public Health England, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and many, many more.
Who is it for?
Public Health attracts students from all walks of life and from many varied health sectors, but they do all have one thing in common: the desire and passion to help others.
Our MPH is a 24-month course aimed at individuals looking to further their careers in public health. It is suitable for both healthcare practitioners and those working in fields allied to health living in the UK and internationally, and students may be medical or non-medical graduates. In addition, because the course is part-time and 100% online, people currently working in healthcare can study without giving up their job.
What does our MPH cover?
Our MPH gives students a thorough understanding of Public Health in the 21st century and provides an ideal foundation upon which to develop as an effective public health professional.
Students will learn about the history of public health, key public health theories and contemporary worldwide public health issues. Our MPH also covers the key concepts behind promoting public health messages such as lifestyle advice, sexual health and reducing health risks. Students will also explore how to assess health needs at a personal, local and national level to aid decision-making and priority setting.
Why study it?
Public health is such an important issue in today’s modern world, with issues like obesity and sexual health hitting the headlines almost every day. In the future, as the media continues to report on these topics, politicians and decision-makers will require more advisors and experts to assess and implement public health policies. These roles will often need to be filled by specialists with both public health experience and qualifications.
Furthermore, public health is considered to be “everybody’s business” and modern public health actions extend beyond the healthcare environment to promote health in every aspect of our societies. If you work with people, you have the power to positively influence their health and studying public health will help you to understand how you can improve the health of communities and individuals wherever you are based.
A Masters in this well-regarded subject can allow graduates to make a real difference in their local community while also improving their own career prospects and earning potential.
Where does it lead?
An MPH graduate will possess the skills, knowledge and training to enter an array of roles in professions revolving around public health.
Graduates will also be well prepared to enter an array of roles in the public health profession, such as a Public Health Project Officer, Health Communication Officer, Data Analyst, Health Protection Specialist, Health Visitor, Biosecurity Specialist, Epidemiologist and more2.
When can I start?