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Location: Online Mode of study: Part-time Qualification: PG Cert Indicative duration: 8 months
Start date: Tuition fee: £3,741 Funding options: Call +44 (0) 1206 489 358 Delivered by: Kaplan Open Learning

Do you want to gain a better understanding of public health? Are you keen to understand how you can improve the public health issues in your sector? Then our short online Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health could be the starting point you are looking for.

Through our course you’ll be able to learn how to assess the health needs of your own workplace. You’ll also be able to develop skills in priority setting and understand the theory and evidence of promoting public health.

If you are looking to study a qualification that will help your progress in your chosen career then this course will develop your knowledge and skills to progress.

Throughout this course, you’ll explore a broad range of topics including:

  • contemporary models and strategies to guide the design of effective health promotion activities
  • public health challenges of interest facing the global population
  • process of and application of techniques for population health needs assessment

Upon completion of your PG Cert Public Health, we offer the opportunity for you to progress on to study for a PG Dip Public Health (120 credits) or a Master of Public Health (MPH) (180 credits).

Royal Society For Public Health (RSPH) Membership

As a leading voice in public health, RSPH provides opportunities for students to maintain up-to-date knowledge, access exclusive resources, explore potential careers and occupations, network with like-minded people, and be recognised as a committed public health professional.

All Master of Public Health students will be provided with a 1 year student membership with the RSPH following the completion of their first module. Upon completion of their postgraduate programme with UoEO, students will be eligible to apply for Fellowship of RSPH. If applying before their Student Member status expires, they can upgrade without being charged the upgrade fee.

Why we’re great

  • Our specialist tutors and dedicated student support adviser will be on hand to guide you through your Master of Public Health degree.
  • You’ll be assessed through a variety of methods including discussion forums, assignments and a poster presentation.
  • You’ll gain a 1-year RSPH membership which will give you access to extra webinars, journals and conference plus the chance to have your work looked at by other students and health professionals.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 60 credits at Level 7.

Level 7 modules:

Upon completion of your PG Cert Public Health we offer the opportunity for you to progress on to study for a PG Dip Public Health (120 credits) or a Master of Public Health (MPH) (180 credits).

Teaching methods

Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.

Our courses are delivered through a virtual learning environment (VLE) instead of a traditional campus. This means you will have access to your study materials 24/7, including:

  • multimedia lecturecasts made up of written content, short videos, animation, audio recordings, infographics, short tests and mini-assignments
  • discussion forums for you to chat about the course content with fellow students
  • live Q&A sessions with your tutors
  • a comprehensive eLibrary of textbooks and academic journals
  • support from academic staff and your personal Student Adviser

To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students.

 

Assessment methods

Rather than fretting about exams, you will be assessed exclusively through assignments. This can be by engaging in discussion forums throughout your modules, completing reflective journal entries, or by submitting longer written pieces.

We are committed to providing frequent and transparent feedback through the following ways:

  • Our assessment criteria are designed to be simple and transparent.
  • You will always be aware of your current provisional grade, right from the start of the programme.
  • You will be able to view your marks clearly in your gradebook whenever you log onto the learning platform.
  • There is a 7-day turnaround for marking and feedback of assessed work.
  • You will have regular contact with your Student Adviser, with whom you can discuss any concerns as soon as they arise.

 

Study duration

Our PG Cert Public Health course has an indicative study duration of 8 months, which is a guide to how long your course will take to complete. The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability.

It’s possible to complete your studies faster than the indicative course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.

Our academic year is organised into modules, typically with a one- or two-week break between modules and a structured three-week break for the Christmas period. Students will receive a course timetable during the application process.

All of our courses have regular start dates throughout the year.

On successful completion of your degree, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

As an MPH graduate, together with your previous experience, knowledge, skills and training, you will be well prepared to enter an array of roles in professions revolving around public health. Roles you could look at applying for include: Public Health Assistant, Officer or Manager, Health Communication Officer, Health Visitor, Public Health Consultant plus many more.

We know that many people from non-traditional backgrounds would succeed on our courses! That’s why we offer two different entry routes, taking into account your prior work experience and relevant qualifications. You will also need to meet our English language requirements.

Additionally, you will need to pass your first assignment set within your two-week induction period of the course in order to continue with your studies.

 

Academic entry route

In order to satisfy the academic entry route requirements for our PG Cert Public Health, you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:

  • an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant professional qualification

 

Work experience entry route

In order to satisfy the work experience entry route requirements for our PG Cert Public Health, you must meet the following criteria:

  • at least three years’ experience in a relevant health field, supported by appropriate references

 

English Language Requirements

As our courses are delivered in English, a high proficiency with English is required. If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5.

Don’t worry if you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification – we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.

You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Full tuition fee: £3,741 2020/2021Δ

  • Simple monthly payment plan available, enabling you to spread the cost over the duration of your studies.
  • Full payment discount of 10% of the tuition fee if you pay upfront.
  • Partial scholarship available for international students residing in specific regions outside of the UK.
  • Alumni discount of 10% of the tuition fee available if you are a previous graduate with the University of Essex or University of Essex Online.
  • Postgraduate student loans are available in England for full Masters degrees only.

Please note that a maximum of two discounts or scholarships can be applied. Find out more information about our discounts and scholarships here.

Our course fees are fully inclusive – all teaching materials and required reading are included, and there are no hidden charges for assessments or resits. We also charge the same fee for domestic and international students.

If you are based in the UK, you may also be able to access funding from external sources to contribute towards your tuition fees. This Health Careers website contains some resources you can look into.

If you are not based in the UK, Public Health Organisations in your home country may be able to offer support or direct you to sources of funding opportunities. To learn more, visit the Public Health and World Bank sites.

We want to give everyone the opportunity to experience a University of Essex Online course. We think you’ll love it! But if, within the first 21 days, you decide it’s not for you, you’ll receive a full refund.

Δ All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process.

Subject specialists, industry authorities and experienced academics: the tutors who teach modules on our PG Cert Public Health are experts in the field of healthcare.

What our students say

testimonials

Dr Obinna Orjingene - Master of Public Health (MPH)

I chose to study Public Health because the course is beneficial to my current career aspirations. With this course I will gain a broader perception of health and it will allow me to address the primary health care disease burden in my country as well as water hygiene and sanitation, child protection and a lot more. I picked University of Essex Online because of three reasons. Firstly, the affordability when compared to other schools of the same standard, the flexibility considering the nature of my work. I needed a programme which allowed me time and space for both my studies and personal development, that also fitted into my working life. Lastly, the quality of the modules is what convinced me, compared with other places of learning. So far so good, for me it has been a great experience and honour to be part of this academic community. The shared experience around the module...

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