To reflect the broad socio-ecological framework that views health and health promotion within a holistic socio-cultural context, and captures the complexity of health determinants, the focus of curriculum is on the social determinants of health. Whilst this focus has always been relevant, the relevance and currency has been enhanced and brought more sharply into perspective by policy changes in the UK – most notably the Health & Social Care Act (2012), which exemplifies local and global recognition of the greater importance of the social determinants of health.
The academic content of the programme has been developed to provide an ‘applied’ experience for students, drawing on the skills and competency sets of the Faculty of Public Health’s Skills and Knowledge Framework (2016), the Faculty of Public Health’s key areas and APSHER’s Public Health Core Competencies. Modules currently available include: Epidemiology and Statistics for Public Health; Research Methods Applied to Public Health; Evidence Based Public Health; 21st Century Global Public Health Challenges and a Dissertation (Public Health) (either a primary project (on a student’s chosen topic) or an applied research project (identified by the research team or external stakeholders) or a systematic review). The course also offers a ‘Study Skills for Public Health’ programme which runs across both Trimesters.
The University of Salford’s MSc in Public Health has a pragmatic and forward-looking delivery style, capitalising on very strong links with external partners who work within different sectors of Public Health.
One of our strengths is the small class size (typically less than 30 students per year) which enables close liaison between students and the leading research staff who will be teaching and mentoring students.
The block and blend teaching methods starts with academic staff from the University of Salford delivering a week’s intensive teaching in Salford per module. The face-to-face (Block) is followed by weekly online input (Blend) and study that builds towards your PG Certificate. Following the intensive week, there are live sessions online and work that you can schedule as it suits you and specialist support from academic staff as well as access to all the (online) facilities that the University of Salford has to offer. The PG Certificate is a qualification in its own right but can also be a building block towards an MSc in Public Health. Six months further study in the UK and successful completion of relevant modules mean that you can progress on to your dissertation leading to the award of MSc.
To read and hear about what it is like to study with us at postgraduate level from current and past students visit the ”what past students have said” page. If you are on titter, you can also connect with the SalfordPH team.