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Public Health MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert

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Overview

This innovative distance learning Public Health MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert 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.

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. 

King’s College London also offer a campus based  Public Health MPH if the online route is not for you.

“The course offers a wide range of topics in the public health field, making it suitable to people from a variety of backgrounds. Despite focusing on a range of topics, it is amazing how much in-depth knowledge you can gain from each module, knowledge that is essential in my day to day work.” Ann, Master of Public Health student.

Studying the distance learning Public Health course at King’s is suitable for:

  • Public Health professionals looking for career progression

  • Health professionals looking to specialise in Public Health

  • Professionals looking to change career

  • Clinicians wanting to work in academia

  • Graduates seeking further education

  • Those seeking employment in health and social care

 

 

 

 

Key information

Duration MSc: minimum 2 years, maximum 6 years.
PG Dip: minimum 16 months, maximum 4 years.
PG Cert: minimum 8 months, maximum 3 years.

Study mode Online/Distance learning

Key dates Intake dates: January, March, May, June, September, October

Contacts

Programme Director: Dr Kalwant Sidhu

For further information please contact an Enrolment Advisor at onlineenrolmentservice@kcl.ac.uk 

 

 


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Course detail

Description

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.

Assessment

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. 

Location

This is a 100% online distance learning course. 

 

Structure

About

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. 

 

 

PG Cert

You are required to study the following 4 modules:

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

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.

PG Dip

PG Dip Public Health 

You are required to take the following modules:

  • 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

You are required to take the following modules:

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

You are required to take the following modules:

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

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.

MSc

MSc Public Health

You are required to take the following modules:

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

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Public Health Principles and Practices (15 credits)
  • Population Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics (15 credits)
  • Health Protection (15 credits)
  • Health Improvement (15 credits)
  • 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 Evaluations (15 credits)
  • Evidence, knowledge management and Implementation in public health (15 credits) 
  • Social Research Methods (15 credits)

 MSc Public Health (Mental Health) pathway

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Public Health Principles and Practices (15 credits)
  • Population Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics (15 credits)
  • Health Protection (15 credits)
  • Health Improvement (15 credits)
  • 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 and implementation in public health (15 credits) 
  • Social Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Quantitative Research Methods and Further Statistics (15 credits)
  • Public Health Interventions and Evaluations (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.

Entry requirements

Public Health MSc Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements 2:1 A Bachelor’s degree with 2:1 honours is normally required. Applicants with a 2:2 (or overseas equivalent) will be considered where they offer significant work experience in a related field. A degree level professional qualification in an appropriate subject, normally with some experience in the broad field of public will also be considered.
International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements  Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Application procedure

Applicants will need strong numeracy/ numerical skills to be successful.

This 100% flexible online study programme is an intensive modular programme. It enables students to manage their study time, alongside their work and home life commitments. 

King’s College London also offer a campus-based Public Health MPH if the online route is not for you.

 

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).

Previous Academic Study  Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

 

Fees and funding

Your fees will be charged per module as you progress through the course.  From now, until September 2021, you will be charged £1,365 per module.  

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

PG Cert: 4 modules (£5,460)

PG Diploma: 8 modules (£10,920)

MSc: 12 modules (£16,380)

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 2021 onwards, modules will be charged at £1,399 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 (£1,365). From September 2021, the deposit cost will be £1,399. 

Student fees for the programme will be billed on a modular basis. Students are billed on the orientation day (the first day of the module) with the due date being 5 days later (inclusive of the orientation day). If you no longer wish to study a module, you can take a break from your studies and claim a refund up until the 8th day of teaching on the module.   

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 

Career prospects

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

 

 

 

Testimonials

Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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