University of Suffolk

MSc Public Health

The MSc Public Health is a challenging and rewarding programme designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to public health for students who intend to pursue careers in public  health practice, management and/or research at local, national and/or supranational levels.

The core focus of the programme is on improving the health and wellbeing of populations, preventing health problems before they occur and reducing inequalities in health. It offers a cutting-edge  knowledge and skills base in the principles and methods of public health and a creative and supportive learning environment. It explores a broad range of contemporary public health issues,  supported by leading experts in the field of public health as well as the experiences of  other students sharing  diverse experiences from a range of  public health systems around the world.

This programme is composed of nine mandatory modules and is designed as a progressive process where the modules collectively work together to provide the knowledge, skills and understanding required by the modern public health practitioner, whether that be as an epidemiologist, health promoter, leader or researcher.   

Duration: 2 - 5 years

Study mode: Online learning

Programme Pathway
Foundation Courses
Name Code Credits
Induction Module
UOS-IND-M-100 0.00
Postgraduate Certificate Level
Name Code Credits
Principles of Public Health
UPGPBHM01 20.00
Health Promotion
UPGPBHM02 20.00
UPGPBHM03 20.00
Postgraduate Diploma Level
Name Code Credits
Research Methods: Evidence-based Practice in Public Health
UPGPBHM04 20.00
Health Economics
UPGPBHM05 20.00
Health Protection
UPGPBHM06 20.00
Postgraduate Award Level
Name Code Credits
Public Health Leadership
UPGPBHM07 20.00
Research Project 1: Global Health
UPGPBHM08 20.00
Research Project 2: Proposal Design and Dissemination
UPGPBHM09 20.00

Where a student withdraws from the programme early or fails to gain sufficient credits for the full Postgraduate Award, they may be eligible for an exit award of a Postgraduate Diploma (if they have gained at least 120 credits from modules at any of the above programme levels) or a Postgraduate Certificate (if they have gained at least 60 credits from modules at any of the above programme levels).

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for admission are:

  • An accredited UK Honours degree with minimum 2.2 classification or recognized international equivalent. Some professional qualifications may also be acceptable. Extensive professional experience may also be considered in exceptional cases.
  • Official transcripts from all universities, colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions attended.
  • English Proficiency: Students satisfy the English proficiency requirements provided they present a GCSE score with a minimum grade “C/4” and above or IELTS (Academic) with an overall score of at least 6.0 (and no individual component lower than 5.5) or equivalent qualification.  Students who do not acquire the above mentioned qualifications are required to take the online Academic English Placement Test. This is an IELTS-type test (Reading & Writing) where students need to score an overall 6.0 (with no individual component lower than 5.5).
  • Personal Statement (minimum 500 words) explaining how the programme of study will benefit the student’s career progression.
  • Up to date CV
  • Two references (academic or professional) listed on CV stating referee’s full name, contact details, and relationship to the applicant.

Applications from non-standard applicants are welcome and will be considered individually.

* Entry requirements may vary depending on the programme of study.

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