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Location: Online Mode of study: Part-time Qualification: PG Cert Indicative duration: 8 months
Start date: Tuition fee: £3,945 For queries: Call +44 (0) 1206 489 358 Delivered by: Kaplan Open Learning

Are you looking to gain a better understanding of public health? Are you keen to understand how to enhance public health issues in your sector? Our short online Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health could be your perfect starting point. 

Throughout our course, you’ll be able to learn how to assess the health needs of your own workplace, while understanding the theory behind public health. Develop a range of skills needed to better your career, such as managing priorities and building on interpersonal qualities. 

During this short course, you’ll explore a broad range of fascinating topics such as: 

  • contemporary models and strategies around effective health promotion activities 
  • public health challenges on a global scale  
  • key techniques for assessing population health needs 

Upon successful 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 students with exclusive access to educational resources, networking opportunities with like-minded people and gives industry-wide recognition as a committed public health professional. 

All PG Cert 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 course with UoEO, students will be eligible to apply for the prestigious Fellowship of RSPH. If applying before their Student Member status expires, they can upgrade without being charged the upgrade fee. 

Why we’re great

  • Study this short course wholly online, providing greater flexibility and access to comprehensive, high-quality public health training. 
  • Enrich your study experience and connect with a truly global student base made up of varied professional and cultural backgrounds. 
  • Gain a highly regarded 1-year RSPH membership which will give you exclusive access to educational resources, plus the chance to have your work observed by industry-leading health professionals. 

Throughout this insightful module, you’ll discover how health promotion activities can drive positive health-related behaviours. Engage with case studies from peer-reviewed literature to further examine how health promotion can be applied using real-world scenarios. 

Carve out your understanding of public health and study contemporary global health challenges affecting the population. As the module progresses, you’ll develop the ability to prioritise different public health approaches, integrated through assessments and engaging online discussions.  

Examine the approaches for population health needs assessment and learn how public health responses are developed, with this defining module. You’ll discover key theoretical perspectives in the field and demonstrate the ability to identify the correct tools used in a structured health needs assessment.   

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 dedicated Student Support team

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 Support team, with whom you can discuss any concerns as soon as they arise.

 

Study duration

Our PG Cert Public Health 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 course, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

As a PG Cert Public Health graduate, combined with your prior professional experience, you will be well prepared to enter an array of roles surrounding public health. Exciting career opportunities include Public Health Assistant, Officer or Manager, Health Communication Officer, Health Visitor, Public Health Consultant and 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: £3,945 (2022-23) Δ

  • Simple monthly payment plan available, enabling you to spread the cost over the duration of your studies.
  • Full payment discount of 5% 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.
  • 10% corporate discount available when three or more of your employees study with us.  
  • 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. The corporate discount can only be used in combination with our upfront payment discount, but not in conjunction with any other discount or scholarship. 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

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I was part of a medical team that supported Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in North-East Nigeria. I was working in the emergency room and intensive care unit providing critical care to paediatric emergencies. In particular, I was looking after children who had fled armed conflict and were living in slum dwellings either with their parents or guardians. It was here that I was convinced Public Health was the way to go to progress my career.

Nine months of hard work later I was treating over 45,000 people.

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