Applied Public Health PGCert/PGDip

Applied Public Health PGCert/PGDip

School of Community Health and Midwifery


Post- graduate





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    Full-time: One year, Part-time: Two years

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    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

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  • Start Date:

    January and September

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Why study this programme?

The Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate 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 emphasises the application of theory to practice and the associated development of relevant skills. You will consider planning, strategies and public health in action. This includes consideration of key themes such as diet/nutrition, child and young person, healthy settings and the media.


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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

PG Dip

The PG Dip is made up of six modules, all core:

  • Public Health & Wellbeing: Strategies and Interventions
  • Global Public Health Challenges
  • Advanced Needs Assessment/Epidemiology
  • Risk Management in Health Protection
  • Introduction to Postgraduate Research
  • Healthy Settings: theory, policy and practice


PG Dip can be done full time in one year. Part-time students can do it in two years minimum but can take up to three years.

PG Cert

The PG Cert is made of three modules, all core:

  • Public Health & Wellbeing: Strategies and Interventions
  • Global Public Health Challenges
  • Advanced Needs Assessment/Epidemiology


PG Cert can be done in a minimum of one year (it’s a part-time course only). Students can take up to two years to complete.

Further Information

Studying Applied Public Health you will also address contemporary issues in health protection together with the skills needed for hazard surveillance and risk management. You will also study research methods, epidemiology and informatics to inform evidence based approaches to public health.

The learning outcomes of the core modules are mapped against the Royal Institute of Public Health National Standards for Specialist Public Health Practice as well as the NHS Knowledge and Skills Competency Framework.

Teaching methods include: lectures, seminars, workshops, self-directed learning, blended learning, problem based learning, action learning. Assessments are designed to have real world relevance and include: briefing papers, presentations, poster presentations, press releases, project management, etc.

Students successfully completing the Postgraduate Diploma Applied Public Health may progress onto the MSc Applied Public Health.

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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Teaching and learning will utilise a number of innovative approaches. Students will utilise case studies to consider real world approaches to the subject. The course also uses problem solving approaches and action learning, encouraging students to engage with each other and with the subject as well as offering the more traditional teaching formats such as workshops, lectures and seminars. Tutorial support and guidance is also available to students via module and personal tutors.

The course is assessed by assignments and presentation. Wherever possible assignments have 'real world' relevance. Assessments have been structured to be relevant to the workplace and to assess the key skills required for public health work. There is a wide range of support on offer to students at the university to assist them in improving their study skills and preparing for assessment including the WISER student centred learning centre and use of eLearn.


A postgraduate qualification in applied public health would enhance career prospects in a range of professions engaged in working towards achievements in health, including health community work, medicine, sport and leisure, environment, and education. Opportunities exist in management, strategic and educational as well as practitioner posts.