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Applied Public Health

1 Year
September 2024
Campus Taught

The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Public Health is an innovative course for anyone who currently works, or would like to become involved in, work which focuses on addressing the determinants of health.

Why study with us

  • This postgraduate course emphasises applying theory to practice and developing relevant skills.
  • You’ll look at planning, strategies and public health in action including key themes such as diet and nutrition, children and young people, healthy settings and the media.
  • Case studies are used to consider real world approaches to the subject of public health.

What you'll do

  • You’ll study contemporary issues in health protection together with the skills needed for hazard surveillance and risk management.
  • And you’ll learn about 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.

Module overview

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Year 1

Compulsory modules
  • HI4034: Advanced needs assessment for Primary Care
  • MW4042: Global Public Health Challenges
  • MW4043: Public Health and Wellbeing: Strategies and Interventions
  • NU4025: Introduction to Postgraduate Research
  • PG4113: Risk Management in Health Protection
  • PG4114: Healthy and Sustainable Settings: Theory, Policy and Practice
Optional modules
  • HI4034: Advanced needs assessment for Primary Care
  • MW4045: Social Prescribing
  • NU4025: Introduction to Postgraduate Research
  • PG4300: Public Health and Wellbeing: Strategies, Interventions and Sustainability.
  • PG4310: Global Public Health and Risk Management

HI4034: Advanced needs assessment for Primary Care

The aim of this module is to provide you with a framework for determining population health and wellbeing and identifying and integrating information to drive effective and efficient changes in service delivery and health care policy to improve health and wellbeing.

Course delivery

Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus aside from a small amount of online teaching where we have learnt it works best.


Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by October 2023.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise

Linda Ratinckx
Senior Lecturer in Public Health
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Linda has been with UCLan for 23 years and is currently working as a Senior Lecturer in Public Health. Prior to this Linda spent several years in a variety of professional practice roles within the NHS (Staff Nurse/Sister (General Nursing), Community Nurse, School Nurse, Health V...

Future careers

A postgraduate qualification in Applied Public Health can lead to rewarding careers in health community work, health promotion, sport and leisure, environment, and education.  

Fees and funding

Full-time£8,400 per year
Part-time£900 per 20 credits
Full-time£15,500 per year
Full-time£9,000 per year
Part-time£975 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,900 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Health, Social Work and Sport

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