MSc Applied Public Health

Strengthen your capacity to meet the varied and diverse demands of public health work and reduce health inequalities


The field of public health is evolving at an unprecedented rate. Now, more than ever, public health organisations are looking for professionals who can offer a unique range of knowledge, skills, and perspectives.

Our online, part-time MSc Applied Public Health has been designed to help you develop the skills needed to meet these needs with confidence. The course covers a range of disciplines, including health protection, epidemiology, media and communication, and more.

You can also look forward to understanding interagency and interprofessional ways of working – from collaboration and partnership development to resource management and inclusive thinking.

We’ll support you in learning how to apply your studies to the real world as well, by exploring the appropriate tools, techniques and evidence-based approaches.

Plus, through our intuitive, mobile-friendly virtual learning platform, you can earn your postgraduate degree from home or on the move.

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Course Details

Delivery: online, part-time

Duration: two years

Start dates: January, May and September

Next welcome week: 11 September 2023

Next course start date: 18 September 2023

Fees: £8,300 (flexible payment plans available)

Application deadline: 9 September 2023. Apply as soon as possible to secure your place.

Why this course?

Benefit from a student-centred postgraduate programme built to strength both subject-specific and transferable skills.

Experienced team
Gain insights from our experienced course delivery team via live webinars that can be watched back at any time, along with regular feedback and assessments.

Professional growth
Receive resources to sharpen your independent learning, allowing you to continue your own professional growth even after graduation.


You will study the following compulsory modules.
Module 1 - Introduction to Postgraduate Research (20 credits)

This introductory module provides a broad overview of important research principles to help you locate, analyse, and utilise published studies when addressing real-world challenges.

You’ll also learn how to formulate researchable questions, think critically about the mechanisms of research governance, appraise the significance of alternative epistemological positions, and more.

Module 2 - Public Health and Wellbeing: Strategies and Sustainability (40 credits)

We’ll support you in developing a critical, analytical, and integrative understanding of theory, policy, and practice in relation to healthy and sustainable settings.

Your studies will encourage you to examine factors that influence health, wellbeing, and sustainability across a variety of contexts. You’ll understand how public health professionals can help determine the health assets of communities, uncover health needs, and reduce health inequalities.

Module 3 - Advanced Needs Assessment for Primary Care (20 credits)

During this phase of your course, you’ll gain an advanced framework for determining population health and wellbeing.

We’ll cover how to summarise and interpret relevant data to inform strategic planning to drive changes in service delivery and health care policy. You’ll also learn how to communicate information on population health status, health inequalities, and evidence of effectiveness.

Module 4 - Global Public Health and Risk Management (40 credits)

This module will further your understanding of the transnational nature of health issues and the ways in which social determinants of health transcend national boundaries.

Alongside exploring the key elements of health protection, you’ll develop your health protection capacity in risk assessment, management, and communication by analysing risk reduction case studies to inform your approach to project planning, policy development, and public education.

Module 5 - Dissertation (60 credits)

Your final module will challenge you to synthesise the knowledge you’ve gained during your studies with your professional and clinical experience.

You’ll produce an independently conducted research dissertation – or an equivalent alternative – focused on your professional and/or philosophical interests. With support from an assigned supervisor, you’ll choose research methodologies, obtain ethical approval, and self-direct your project to successful completion.

How you will learn

Benefits of learning online with us

Courses built for you
You’re passionate about furthering your education, and we want to make that as simple as possible. That’s why our courses are part-time and online – to give you the flexibility to schedule your studies around the rest of your commitments. Access your modules, assignments, and webinars at any time thanks to Canvas, our intuitive online learning platform. All you need is a computer or tablet, along with a reliable internet connection. Plus, to give you more control over your time, all modules are designed to be studied in weekly portions, with the option to attend live webinars or watch them back later. With this approach, you can plan out each week and develop a study style that works best for you.
Your own virtual classroom
Think of Canvas as your hub for everything related to your degree. In addition to holding all your course material in one place, it also connects you to a range of different services, including: Feedback from your tutors on assignments Our Student Adviser and IT Teams The University Library Online forums to join group discussions with your peers.
Support all the way through
In addition to our tutor-led courses, we’re dedicated to giving you a well-rounded student experience. You’ll have members of the University available to guide you with everything from submitting your application to preparing for your next job interview. Plus, with the ability to take advantage of our optional events and numerous student services, your time on the course will help nurture your growth as both a person and a professional.

How students study with us

• No visas or moving costs
• Access course from anywhere in the world
• Spend approx. 20-25 hours studying each week
• All course materials are available on demand
• Revise on the days and times that suit you best
• Course modules broken down into weekly
• Fit studies around work, family and social life
• Support with non-academic queries from a
student adviser team

Additional Support

As one of our students, you’ll have access to a range of services designed to support your studies and make your time with us as enjoyable as possible. -Our comprehensive online library of books, journals, and resources -A Student Advisor team to answer non-academic queries -Online software tutorials via LinkedIn Learning -The Students’ Union community -Career advice, CV creation, practice interviews, and more via our careers platform

Career prospects and opportunities

Upon graduating with your MSc in Applied Public Health, you’ll hold the specialist knowledge needed to build a meaningful and lasting career in the field.

You’ll have also developed a range of transferable skills that will make you an appealing hire for any employer, from problem solving to time management.

Combined, these capabilities will ensure that you’re well-equipped to seize opportunities across a range of areas – including work within academic institutions, your local or national government, and third sector organisations. A few examples of the roles secured by students who graduated from the on-campus equivalent of this programme include:

  • Health promotion practitioner
  • Mental health researcher
  • Primary care modernisation manager
  • Substance misuse worker
  • National immunisation strategy adviser
  • University coordinator for student wellbeing
  • Public health intelligence specialist
  • Further education lecturer

Careers for MSc Applied Public Health graduates

Our online, part-time MSc in Applied Public Health is built for your employability. After all, the need for experts in the field continues to rise; the World Health Organisation (WHO) has projected that by 2030 the global demand for health workers will rise to 80 million workers.

Your studies will allow you to excel in the next stage in your professional career. With a multi-disciplinary approach that encourages both theory and application, the MSc programme will ensure your readiness for both the challenges and opportunities of the field.

At UCLan, we’re helped to have supported a number of aspiring students, much like yourself, achieve their professional goals after studying with us. Read on to learn more about the success we’ve shared, and the different ways we can support you.

Opportunities for graduates:

Earning your MSc in Applied Public Health can unlock a wide variety of roles and career paths depending on your interests. You’ll hold the skills and multi-disciplinary knowledge needed to explore opportunities in key sectors: Public sector, Private sector and Third sector.

Transferable skills:

Along with the specialist capabilities and understanding you can expect to develop during your time with us, your course will help you hone essential hard and soft skills that are valued by employers:

  • Problem solving
  • Time management
  • Knowledge management
  • Group working
  • IT competency
  • Presentation skills

How to apply

Benefits of learning online with us

  • You must hold at least a 2:2 honours degree or its equivalent
  • Applicants with professional qualifications and relevant work experience will also be considered for the course on the basis of interview and portfolio submission
  • If you don’t speak English as a first language you will need to hold a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or an accepted equivalent.

If you’re unsure whether you’re eligible to apply, please get in touch with our course adviser team for advice.


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