Applied Public Health MSc

Applied Public Health MSc

School of Community Health and Midwifery


Post- graduate





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  • Duration:

    Full-time: 15 months, Part-time: minimum of two and a half years

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  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

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  • Start Date:

    January and September

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Why study this programme?

The MSc in Applied Public Health is an innovative course which provides a relevant and engaging learning experience for anyone whose work includes some responsibility for the determinants of health. The course has been designed to meet the needs of a wide range of professionals working to achieve improvements in health. It aims to provide participants with the opportunity to develop the skills required to meet existing and emerging challenges in public health.

This postgraduate course covers a range of public health disciplines including health improvement, health protection, research methods, healthy settings, media and communication, epidemiology and global, international, national and local issues relating to public health. There is a strong emphasis on appropriate tools and techniques, evidence based approaches and the application of theory to public health practice.


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Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate courses vary and you are advised to check below for any specific requirements or with Enquiry Management. Normally the following general entry requirements apply:

Postgraduate Diplomas, Certificates and Conversion Courses:

  • A recognised British first degree or its equivalent, or a BTEC Higher Diploma/Certificate.

Taught Masters Courses:

  • A recognised British honours degree to a good standard, or its equivalent.

Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits and in the light of the nature and scope of the programme or work proposed. Informal enquiries are welcomed and will normally be followed by an initial advisory interview.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

  • Public Health & Wellbeing: Strategies and Interventions (Core)
  • Global Public Health Challenges (Core)
  • Advanced Needs Assessment/Epidemiology (Core)
  • Risk Management in Health Protection (Core)
  • Introduction to Postgraduate Research (Core)
  • Plus one optional module from: Organisational Leadership & Management, Qualitative Methodology for Health and Social Research, Quantitative Methodology for Health and Social Research

Year 2


  • Applied Public Health Dissertation (Core)
  • Healthy Settings: Theory, Policy & Practice (Core)

Further Information

The programme offers an applied focus and is designed to deliver the opportunities for participants to develop, enhance and utilise the key and transferable skills which are required to meet the varied and diverse demands of public health work. This involves developing skills in leadership, communication, project management, resource management and evaluation, in addition to collaborate working which cuts across traditional boundaries to deliver improvements to health. It aims to strengthen the capacity of participants to engage in public health work and to work toward reduction in health inequalities. There is an emphasis on participatory and evidence based approaches, utilising action learning to underpin the need to work in partnership and engage in reflective practice. Local, national and international examples are utilised to acknowledge the changing social circumstances, contexts and policy priorities which constantly impinge on public health initiatives.

Additional awards:

Multiple modules can be taken as a separate programme of study including:

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes of the core modules are mapped against the Royal Society for Public Health standards that are set out in their qualifications and education and training pathways in support of public health practice, as well as the NHS Knowledge and Skills Competency Framework.


How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.

For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

The programme utilises a range of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, seminars, workshops, action learning, student centred discussions, problem based learning and eLearn.

Assessments are designed to have real world relevance and include: briefing papers, presentations, poster presentations, press releases, project management, etc. The assessment strategy includes course work and assignments, generally with a focus on practice related competencies and skills. The assessment philosophy encourages the development of transferable skills in public health. The course work and assignments have been developed in a real world context to facilitate the production of assessed work which, as far as is practicable, is directly relevant to the workplace and thereby maximises the dissemination of public health knowledge.


There are many opportunities for individuals with qualifications in applied public health. These include career advancement of practitioners already working in public health, and may facilitate progression toward the requirements for registration as a Specialist Practitioner in Public Health. Public health work experience opportunities are also available to students undertaking this course.