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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.

The course is taught 100% online, meaning you can advance your education without taking a break from work or other commitments. There are six entry points across the year, allowing you maximum flexibility.  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

 The advantages of distance learning:

  • 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 programme allows you to study at a pace that suits you while you work, saving you having to take a break from your career.

 

 

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

There are six points of entry each year for this course. The dates for 2017 and 2018 are listed below: 

 Start date  Application deadline
30 Oct 2018 16 Oct 2018
8 Jan 2019 17 Dec 2018
5 Mar 2019 19 Feb 2019
30 Apr 2019 12 Apr 2019
25 Jun 2019 11 Jun 2019
2 Sep 2019 19 Aug 2019
30 Oct 2019 15 Oct 2019

Contacts

Programme Director: Dr Kalwant Sidhu

For further information regarding the admissions process please contact our Enrolment Advisors on +44 (0)20 7848 7860 or email onlineenrolmentservice@kcl.ac.uk .

 

 


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Course detail

Description

The Public Health MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert provides a comprehensive and integrated education in public health through a multidisciplinary study approach which is both academic and vocational. It draws upon the wealth of research, education and clinical expertise in the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and is delivered by the Department of Population Health Sciences  which has forged strong international links, particularly with US and European research and teaching partners.

The course aims  to enable you to develop a critical understanding of public health providing the foundations for pursuing a career in public health, or for enhancing existing practice and facilitating career advancement, particularly through contributing to the emerging evidence base for public health interventions.

Students study a suite of modules which provide a comprehensive understanding of public health. However, you may wish to specialise in either Mental Health or Global Health. These specialist pathways are available at MSc and PG Dip level  where students first study a specific module and then apply the knowledge gained in the dissertation and research related modules.

Teaching

This modular course is delivered entirely online allowing students to manage their study time alongside other life commitments. Students will be taught and assessed using a variety of innovative methods designed for distance learning by instructional designers and learning technologists. Teaching will be delivered through video lectures, webinars, discussion boards and other interactive methods. Assessment will be made through coursework essays and reports, critical appraisals of published work, self-directed learning activities and other methods tailored for online learning.

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

Students on this course are assessed through a combination of written coursework and online examinations. The assessment methods may vary between modules but each module will include one or more of these methods.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course’s modules change.

 

 

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)
  • Sociology for Public Health (15 credits)
  • Health Psychology for Public Health (15 credits)
  • Health Economics and 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)
  • Sociology for Public Health (15 credits)
  • Global Health (15 credits)
  • Health Economics and 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 Based Public Health and Policy (15 credits)
  • Social Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Quantitative Research Methods and Further Statistics (15 credits)
  • Public Health Interventions and Evaluations (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)
  • Sociology for Public Health (15 credits)
  • Global Health (15 credits)
  • Health Economics and Public Health (15 credits)
  • Evidence Based Public Health and Policy (15 credits)
  • Social Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Quantitative Research Methods and Further Statistics (15 credits)
  • Public Health Interventions and Evaluations (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 Based Public Health and Policy (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 of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required
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

The current fee for the programme, according to the award chosen, is:

  • MSc - £16,380 (Home and Overseas)
  • Postgraduate Diploma - £10,920 (Home and Overseas)
  • Postgraduate Certificate - £5,460 (Home and Overseas) 

Fees will be charged on a modular basis.  The fee for each module is £1,365.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Additional Costs

Students will need access to a computer or tablet in order to complete the course. Although optimised for mobile, we cannot guarantee the ability to complete the course using only a mobile device. Minimum and recommended browser versions are as follows:

Google Chrome: minimum - version 30.0; recommended – latest
Mozilla Firefox: minimum - version 25.0; recommended – latest
Apple Safari: minimum - version 6; recommended – latest
Microsoft Internet Explorer: minimum - version 9; recommended - latest

You may need to upgrade your browser in the future. Access to a high-speed network connection is also recommended (2.5Mbps minimum). Dial-up, cable and DSL are not recommended.

In addition to your tuition fees you can also expect to incur costs if you:

  • Choose to purchase books, ebooks or articles
  • Incur library fees and fines
  • Print documents of make photocopies
  • Join societies with membership fees
  • Graduation costs
  • Stationery
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

Additional fees information

Please note that fees may rise in subsequent years in line with inflation. All fee increases will be capped at a maximum of 5%.

Student fees for the course 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.

Students will be billed for a deposit equivalent to the fee for one module. A standard 14 day cooling off period will apply at the start of the course. A student who registers on a PG Dip or PG Cert qualification and then upgrades to a higher award will enter a new cooling-off period at the point of upgrade.

Students will enter a conversation with their enrolment advisor to determine if they wish to upgrade. Students will then be billed for the next module 14 days before the orientation date and will enter into a cooling off period from the date of payment.


 

 

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:

Health Informatics Specialist. Healthcare Administrator. Epidemiologist. Research Analyst. Public Health Project Manager. Health and Safety Engineers. Air Pollution Analyst. Disaster Management Specialist. Environmental Inspector. Assistant Public Health Professor. Bioterrorism Researcher. Chief Medical Officer. Clinical Infectious Disease Specialist. Chronic Disease Management Coordinator. Childbirth Health Educator. Health Commissioner. Health Administrator. Health Facilities Surveyor. Health Unit Coordinator. Medical Writer. Outreach Educator. Occupational Health Worker.

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