The details
Location: Online Mode of study: Part-time Qualification: CPD microcredential (20 credits) Study duration: 13 weeks
Start date: Tuition fee: £1,320 For queries: Call +44 (0) 1206 489 358 Delivered by: Kaplan Open Learning

This thought-provoking CPD microcredential module gives a thorough introduction into a key area of global healthcare.  

The module successfully combines individual and group learning, allowing you to read essential resources and actively participate in online discussions. You’ll start by analysing current issues that affect public health, before moving on to emerging trends and future considerations.  

You’ll cover a range of interesting areas, including: 

  • the role of biomedical ethics in public health 
  • evaluating public health approaches to contemporary issues  
  • public health on a global scale 

Once you’ve completed the module, you have the opportunity to study one of our popular postgraduate health courses. 

Why we’re great

  • Study 100% online, part-time, with no need for a career break.  
  • Receive your CPD microcredential certificate from the University of Essex, a top 40 UK university (Complete University Guide 2023).  
  • All our modules are taught by industry leaders and subject experts with a wealth of experience. 

You’ll study the following topics as part of the CPD microcredential module: 

  • contemporary issues in public health 
  • ethical considerations in public health 
  • future directions in public health 

Teaching methods

Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or in a café.

Our CPD microcredentials 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 module 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 high-quality tutor support, each class is capped at 20 students.

 

Assessment methods

Rather than fretting about exams, you’ll be assessed exclusively through case studies, essays, presentations and articles. 

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
  • you will be able to clearly view your marks in your gradebook whenever you log on to the learning platform
  • there is a seven-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 Topics in Public Health CPD microcredential module has a study duration of 13 weeks, including a one-week induction to help you settle into online study. 

The Topics in Public Health CPD microcredential module offers a whole host of opportunities. On successful completion, you’ll receive a digital certificate confirming you’ve achieved 20 academic credits at postgraduate level. This will be beneficial whether you’re looking to climb the career ladder or take the first step into a healthcare role – helping you stand out amongst the competition. 

If you wish to continue your studies and boost your prospects, you could choose additional health CPD microcredentials, such as Epidemiology or Healthcare Leadership in Practice. Alternatively, you could progress on to a PG Cert Public Health (60 credits); PG Dip Public Health (120 credits) or the full Master of Public Health (MPH) (180 credits).   

Please note, acceptance on to a postgraduate qualification is subject to meeting the entry requirements of your chosen programme. 

No formal qualifications or experience is necessary.  

As our modules are delivered in English, a high proficiency of English is required. If English isn’t your first language, your 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’re a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries. 

Full tuition fee: £1,320 (2022-23) Δ  

  • Our modules are fully inclusive – all teaching materials and required reading are included. We also charge the same fee for domestic and international students.  
  • Alumni discount of 10% of the tuition fee available if you’re a previous graduate with the University of Essex or University of Essex Online.   
  • We offer a 14-day moneyback guarantee, so if you decide your course isn’t for you during the first 14 days, we’ll give you a full refund. Terms and conditions apply. 

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 on our Topics in Public Health module are experts within the health field.

What our students say

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