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This innovative distance learning Public Health MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate allows you to benefit from the world-renowned teaching of King’s College London wherever you are. The course is taught by some of the world’s leading public health academics at the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, one of the largest and most successful centres for research & education in the UK which has helped shape clinical guidelines and government policy. It has unparalleled expertise and is home to thriving pure, translational and clinical research courses in health and social care, global health and mental health. King’s College London also offer a campus based Public Health MPH if the online route is not for you.

Key benefits

  • 100% online course allows you to access King’s world-renowned teaching from anywhere in the world.
  • Multiple entry points across the year allow you to fit learning around your other commitments, all you need is a computer and an internet connection.
  • Modular course allows you to study at a pace that suits you while you work, saving you having to take a break from your career.

Choose your specialism with our two pathways, Global Health or Mental Health. • Taught by some of the world’s leading public health academics at the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine • Explore detailed modules including Health Protection, Health Improvement and Evidence Based Public Health & Policy. • Study at one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (Times Higher Education, 2021). • Six intakes a year for maximum flexibility (Jan, Mar, May, June, Sept, Oct). • Study 100% online, from wherever you are in the world

Course Aims

  • Career progression for Public Health professionals
  • Specialisation for Health professionals
  • Enhance skills and knowledge for career changers: clinicians wanting to work in academia; graduates seeking further education and employment in health and social care

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

This course has been designed specifically for an online audience. It uses a range of interactive activities to support learning including discussion forums, webinars, videos and online lectures, readings and tutorials.

Teaching

Students are expected to undertake approximately 22 hours of study per week. In addition to the online learning resources designed specifically for this course, students will have access to King’s College Library’s electronic resources and supportive tutors.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Opportunity to specialise in Global or Mental Health

The MSc in Public Health provides a generic and comprehensive study pathway. However, students may wish to specialise within a specific context of public health, global health or mental health.

The Global Health pathway aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the issues and dynamics informing Global Health and the provision of Public Health. This will be provided by King’s Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships whose multi-professional group of clinicians, academics and policy experts have strong links with health programmes in Somaliland, Sierra Leone and Zambia.

The Mental Health pathway aims to provide students with a critical understanding of mental health and the role of Public Health in preventing mental illness and promoting mental well-being. This module is taught by the world-renowned Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience Europe’s largest centre for postgraduate education in its field.

Location

This is a 100% online distance learning course.

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take*:

  • MSc: modules totalling 180 credits
  • PG Dip: modules totalling 120 credits
  • PG Cert: modules totalling 60 credits

(*to be considered for an award you must have completed and passed to the satisfaction of the relevant Assessment Board the minimum number of modules required at each exit or progression point).

You will first study four foundation modules required for the PG Cert. If you complete all four modules you can choose to exit the course with a PG Cert Public Health or continue.

Next you will study four advanced modules. If you complete all four modules you can choose to exit the course with a PG Diploma or continue. Finally, you will study four dissertation modules. If you complete all four modules you will exit the course with an MSc.

 

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Exams

The course employs a range of formative assessments to enable you to evaluate your learning and develop your skills building upon the feedback provide. Summative assessments are coursework or examinations assessing the application of your learning.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following modules:

PG Cert

Public Health Principles and Practices (15 Credit)
Population Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics (15 Credit)
Health Protection (15 Credit)
Health Improvement (15 Credit)

PG Dip Public Health

Public Health Principles and Practices (15 Credit)
Population Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics (15 Credit)
Health Protection (15 Credit)
Health Improvement (15 Credit)
Leadership and Management in Organisations (15 credits)
Health Economics and Public Health (15 credits)
Health Psychology for Public Health (15 credits)
Sociology for Public Health (15 credits)

PG Dip Public Health (Global Health) pathway

Public Health Principles and Practices (15 Credit)
Population Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics (15 Credit)
Health Protection (15 Credit)
Health Improvement (15 Credit)
Leadership and Management in Organisations (15 credits)
Health Economics and Public Health (15 credits)
Global Health (15 credits)
Sociology for Public Health (15 credits)

PG Dip Public Health (Mental Health) pathway

Public Health Principles and Practices (15 Credit)
Population Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics (15 Credit)
Health Protection (15 Credit)
Health Improvement (15 Credit)
Leadership and Management in Organisations (15 credits)
Mental Health in the Community (15 credits)
Health Psychology for Public Health (15 credits)
Health Economics and Public Health (15 credits)

MSc Public Health

Public Health Principles and Practices (15 Credit)
Population Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics (15 Credit)
Health Protection (15 Credit)
Health Improvement (15 Credit)
Leadership and Management in Organisations (15 credits)
Health Economics and Public Health (15 credits)
Health Psychology for Public Health (15 credits)
Sociology for Public Health (15 credits)
Evidence, Knowledge Management & Implementation in Public Health (15 credits)
Public Health Interventions and Evaluation (15 credits)
Social Research for Public Health (15 credits)
Quantitative Research Methods & Further Epidemiology & Biostatistics (15 credits)

MSc Public Health (Global Health) pathway

Public Health Principles and Practices (15 Credit)
Population Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics (15 Credit)
Health Protection (15 Credit)
Health Improvement (15 Credit)
Leadership and Management in Organisations (15 credits)
Health Economics and Public Health (15 credits)
Sociology for Public Health (15 credits)
Global Health (15 credits)
Quantitative Research Methods and Further Statistics (15 credits)
Public Health Interventions and Evaluation (15 credits)
Evidence, Knowledge Management & Implementation in Public Health (15 credits)
Social Research Methods (15 credits)

MSc Public Health (Mental Health) pathway

Public Health Principles and Practices (15 Credit)
Population Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics (15 Credit)
Health Protection (15 Credit)
Health Improvement (15 Credit)
Leadership and Management in Organisations (15 credits)
Mental Health in the Community (15 credits)
Health Psychology for Public Health (15 credits)
Health Economics and Public Health (15 credits)
Evidence, Knowledge Management & Implementation in Public Health (15 credits)
Social Research Methods (15 credits)
Quantitative Research Methods and Further Statistics (15 credits)
Public Health Interventions and Evaluation (15 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

King’s is ranked fourth in the UK and 21st in the world for graduate employability (Times Higher Education's Global Employability University Ranking 2020).

This course will be suitable for those wanting to move into or progress their careers in public health. Students who have studied on the Public Health master’s at King’s have gone on to work in the following roles:

  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Research Analyst
  • Public Health Project Manager
  • Disaster Management Manager
  • Chronic Disease Management Coordinator
  • Health Commissioner
  • Health Unit Coordinator
  • Health Promotion Educator
  • Outreach Educator

Students with existing clinical qualifications have found the following roles:

  • Medical Officer
  • Infection Disease Specialist
  • Public Health Academic

Tuition Fees

Your fees will be charged per module as you progress through the course. From now until September 2022, you will be charged £1,399 per module.

The number of modules you take will be determined by your chosen award as outlined below:

PG Cert: 4 modules (£5,596)

PG Dip: 8 modules (£11,192)

MSc: 12 modules (£16,788)

Tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase (capped at 5%) each academic year in line with King's College London's terms and conditions. Each increase comes into effect in September of each year. From September 2022 onwards, modules will be charged at £1,435 per module.

Additional Fees Information

When you receive an offer for this course, you will be required to pay for your first module upfront, as a non-refundable deposit, to secure your place. This payment will be credited towards your total fee payment. Please note that a standard 14 day cooling off period will apply from the point of initial payment for your first module. Any subsequent payments are not subject to additional cooling off periods.

The deposit cost for this course is the cost of one module (£1,399) plus a non-refundable application fee of £70. From September 2022, the deposit cost will be £1,435 plus a non-refundable application fee of £75.

Student fees for the programme will be billed on a modular basis. Students are billed three weeks prior to the first day of teaching, with the due date being two weeks later (one week before teaching). If you no longer wish to study a module, you can take a break from your studies up until one week prior to the module starting. If payment has been made, the money will remain on your account as credit until you return.

If you have registered for a PG Dip or PG Cert qualification but decide you wish to upgrade to a higher award, you will need to speak to your enrolment advisor. If you choose to upgrade your programme, you will enter a new cooling off period from the date of payment for your next module on the upgraded award. Any subsequent payments following this next module payment are not subject to additional cooling off periods.

Additional Requirements & Costs

Students will need access to a computer or tablet in order to complete the programme. Although KEATS is optimised for mobile, a desktop computer may be necessary for some parts of the course.

We recommend using the latest version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari or Microsoft Edge; full functionality cannot be guaranteed in older or less commonly used browsers.

Students will require access to a high-speed internet connection (4Mbps minimum).

We will endeavour to make as much study material as possible available online, but you may also need to purchase some books during your studies.

This is an online course and you are not expected to go to campus, should you wish to do so, there are some additional fees to pay for:

  • Books, ebooks or articles (if you choose to buy your own copies)

  • King’s campus Library fees and fines

  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

  • Graduation costs

Funding

Choose your specialism with our two pathways, Global Health or Mental Health. • Taught by some of the world’s leading public health academics at the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine • Explore detailed modules including Health Protection, Health Improvement and Evidence Based Public Health & Policy. • Study at one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (Times Higher Education, 2021). • Six intakes a year for maximum flexibility (Jan, Mar, May, June, Sept, Oct). • Study 100% online, from wherever you are in the world

Course Aims

  • Career progression for Public Health professionals
  • Specialisation for Health professionals
  • Enhance skills and knowledge for career changers: clinicians wanting to work in academia; graduates seeking further education and employment in health and social care

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Loading...

Teaching methods - what to expect

This course has been designed specifically for an online audience. It uses a range of interactive activities to support learning including discussion forums, webinars, videos and online lectures, readings and tutorials.

Teaching

Students are expected to undertake approximately 22 hours of study per week. In addition to the online learning resources designed specifically for this course, students will have access to King’s College Library’s electronic resources and supportive tutors.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Opportunity to specialise in Global or Mental Health

The MSc in Public Health provides a generic and comprehensive study pathway. However, students may wish to specialise within a specific context of public health, global health or mental health.

The Global Health pathway aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the issues and dynamics informing Global Health and the provision of Public Health. This will be provided by King’s Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships whose multi-professional group of clinicians, academics and policy experts have strong links with health programmes in Somaliland, Sierra Leone and Zambia.

The Mental Health pathway aims to provide students with a critical understanding of mental health and the role of Public Health in preventing mental illness and promoting mental well-being. This module is taught by the world-renowned Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience Europe’s largest centre for postgraduate education in its field.

Location

This is a 100% online distance learning course.

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take*:

  • MSc: modules totalling 180 credits
  • PG Dip: modules totalling 120 credits
  • PG Cert: modules totalling 60 credits

(*to be considered for an award you must have completed and passed to the satisfaction of the relevant Assessment Board the minimum number of modules required at each exit or progression point).

You will first study four foundation modules required for the PG Cert. If you complete all four modules you can choose to exit the course with a PG Cert Public Health or continue.

Next you will study four advanced modules. If you complete all four modules you can choose to exit the course with a PG Diploma or continue. Finally, you will study four dissertation modules. If you complete all four modules you will exit the course with an MSc.

 

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Exams

The course employs a range of formative assessments to enable you to evaluate your learning and develop your skills building upon the feedback provide. Summative assessments are coursework or examinations assessing the application of your learning.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following modules:

PG Cert

Public Health Principles and Practices (15 Credit)
Population Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics (15 Credit)
Health Protection (15 Credit)
Health Improvement (15 Credit)

PG Dip Public Health

Public Health Principles and Practices (15 Credit)
Population Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics (15 Credit)
Health Protection (15 Credit)
Health Improvement (15 Credit)
Leadership and Management in Organisations (15 credits)
Health Economics and Public Health (15 credits)
Health Psychology for Public Health (15 credits)
Sociology for Public Health (15 credits)

PG Dip Public Health (Global Health) pathway

Public Health Principles and Practices (15 Credit)
Population Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics (15 Credit)
Health Protection (15 Credit)
Health Improvement (15 Credit)
Leadership and Management in Organisations (15 credits)
Health Economics and Public Health (15 credits)
Global Health (15 credits)
Sociology for Public Health (15 credits)

PG Dip Public Health (Mental Health) pathway

Public Health Principles and Practices (15 Credit)
Population Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics (15 Credit)
Health Protection (15 Credit)
Health Improvement (15 Credit)
Leadership and Management in Organisations (15 credits)
Mental Health in the Community (15 credits)
Health Psychology for Public Health (15 credits)
Health Economics and Public Health (15 credits)

MSc Public Health

Public Health Principles and Practices (15 Credit)
Population Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics (15 Credit)
Health Protection (15 Credit)
Health Improvement (15 Credit)
Leadership and Management in Organisations (15 credits)
Health Economics and Public Health (15 credits)
Health Psychology for Public Health (15 credits)
Sociology for Public Health (15 credits)
Evidence, Knowledge Management & Implementation in Public Health (15 credits)
Public Health Interventions and Evaluation (15 credits)
Social Research for Public Health (15 credits)
Quantitative Research Methods & Further Epidemiology & Biostatistics (15 credits)

MSc Public Health (Global Health) pathway

Public Health Principles and Practices (15 Credit)
Population Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics (15 Credit)
Health Protection (15 Credit)
Health Improvement (15 Credit)
Leadership and Management in Organisations (15 credits)
Health Economics and Public Health (15 credits)
Sociology for Public Health (15 credits)
Global Health (15 credits)
Quantitative Research Methods and Further Statistics (15 credits)
Public Health Interventions and Evaluation (15 credits)
Evidence, Knowledge Management & Implementation in Public Health (15 credits)
Social Research Methods (15 credits)

MSc Public Health (Mental Health) pathway

Public Health Principles and Practices (15 Credit)
Population Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics (15 Credit)
Health Protection (15 Credit)
Health Improvement (15 Credit)
Leadership and Management in Organisations (15 credits)
Mental Health in the Community (15 credits)
Health Psychology for Public Health (15 credits)
Health Economics and Public Health (15 credits)
Evidence, Knowledge Management & Implementation in Public Health (15 credits)
Social Research Methods (15 credits)
Quantitative Research Methods and Further Statistics (15 credits)
Public Health Interventions and Evaluation (15 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

King’s is ranked fourth in the UK and 21st in the world for graduate employability (Times Higher Education's Global Employability University Ranking 2020).

This course will be suitable for those wanting to move into or progress their careers in public health. Students who have studied on the Public Health master’s at King’s have gone on to work in the following roles:

  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Research Analyst
  • Public Health Project Manager
  • Disaster Management Manager
  • Chronic Disease Management Coordinator
  • Health Commissioner
  • Health Unit Coordinator
  • Health Promotion Educator
  • Outreach Educator

Students with existing clinical qualifications have found the following roles:

  • Medical Officer
  • Infection Disease Specialist
  • Public Health Academic

Tuition Fees

Your fees will be charged per module as you progress through the course. From now until September 2022, you will be charged £1,399 per module.

The number of modules you take will be determined by your chosen award as outlined below:

PG Cert: 4 modules (£5,596)

PG Dip: 8 modules (£11,192)

MSc: 12 modules (£16,788)

Tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase (capped at 5%) each academic year in line with King's College London's terms and conditions. Each increase comes into effect in September of each year. From September 2022 onwards, modules will be charged at £1,435 per module.

Additional Fees Information

When you receive an offer for this course, you will be required to pay for your first module upfront, as a non-refundable deposit, to secure your place. This payment will be credited towards your total fee payment. Please note that a standard 14 day cooling off period will apply from the point of initial payment for your first module. Any subsequent payments are not subject to additional cooling off periods.

The deposit cost for this course is the cost of one module (£1,399) plus a non-refundable application fee of £70. From September 2022, the deposit cost will be £1,435 plus a non-refundable application fee of £75.

Student fees for the programme will be billed on a modular basis. Students are billed three weeks prior to the first day of teaching, with the due date being two weeks later (one week before teaching). If you no longer wish to study a module, you can take a break from your studies up until one week prior to the module starting. If payment has been made, the money will remain on your account as credit until you return.

If you have registered for a PG Dip or PG Cert qualification but decide you wish to upgrade to a higher award, you will need to speak to your enrolment advisor. If you choose to upgrade your programme, you will enter a new cooling off period from the date of payment for your next module on the upgraded award. Any subsequent payments following this next module payment are not subject to additional cooling off periods.

Additional Requirements & Costs

Students will need access to a computer or tablet in order to complete the programme. Although KEATS is optimised for mobile, a desktop computer may be necessary for some parts of the course.

We recommend using the latest version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari or Microsoft Edge; full functionality cannot be guaranteed in older or less commonly used browsers.

Students will require access to a high-speed internet connection (4Mbps minimum).

We will endeavour to make as much study material as possible available online, but you may also need to purchase some books during your studies.

This is an online course and you are not expected to go to campus, should you wish to do so, there are some additional fees to pay for:

  • Books, ebooks or articles (if you choose to buy your own copies)

  • King’s campus Library fees and fines

  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

  • Graduation costs

Funding

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