Public Health MSc

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    1 year full-time
    2-5 years part-time

  • Starting:

    September, February

  • Fees UK 23/24:

    Full Time: £8,010
    Part Time: £890 per 20 credit module

  • Fees International 23/24:

    Full Time: £16,500

  • Location:


Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
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International Students enquiries
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Applications for MSc Public Health are closed for January 2023. You can still apply for September 2023.

This course has been designed to provide you with an integrated, coherent and multidisciplinary approach to public health activity. Our MSc Public Health places particular emphasis on advancing your critical awareness and problem solving skills in order to develop innovative, reflective and pro-active approaches to meeting challenging and complex health needs. Examples of our pro-active approach to teaching and learning include; the analysis of contemporary non-communicable health issues such as obesity, diabetes and mental health, as well as those linked with public protection such as infectious disease surveillance and control.

For more information about the course, please contact our MSc Public Health teaching team by email:

Updated 21/03/2023


  • Voluntary Placement module available.
  • Flexible modules for Part Time study.

Course Content

  • Our MSc Public Health will be delivered by a range of teaching methods such as core lectures, group work, online activities, use of case studies and directed learning approaches. Shared learning with other professionals will be a focus of this course and you will be encouraged to develop a critical, evaluative approach to the knowledge which underpins present-day public health practice.

    This postgraduate award prepares you for a career in Public Health at both strategic and operational levels. The full MSc consists of six compulsory modules, which include:

    • Research Methods: Philosophy and Design
    • Leading Public Health Practice
    • Health Protection and Prevention* (subject to approval)
    • Principles and Practice of Health Promotion
    • Epidemiology
    • Professional Project.

    You will need to study all of the compulsory modules on this course as well as choosing from one designated module from the following subject areas:

    • Voluntary Sector Placement
    • Therapeutic Communication Interventions
    • Comparative Health Care Systems
    • Advancing Public Health Leadership* (subject to approval).

    These designated modules have been identified as offering a range of public health topics which you can choose dependent on your experience. All modules (except the Professional Project) incorporate 200 hours of learning, which includes taught sessions as well as self-directed independent study and assignment preparation. Furthermore, (included in the 200 hours) are six study days, in which you are expected to either attend lectures or work online on electronic activities via the online learning environment, NILE.

    The teaching team have created a flexible and challenging Public Health programme, which incorporates face to face teaching, workshops and tutorials, as well as three of the core modules having an extensive self-directed online component. Opportunities exist to undertake a volunteering post within a Public Health environment and to gain experience of working within a Non-Governmental Organisation whilst ‘giving back’ to the vulnerable in society. This reflects the University’s Changemaker ethos which strives to identify and respond to societal issues in a proactive, sustainable and ethical manner.

    Embedded within the course are sessions from the Changemaker Hub, who offer support and advice in cohort groups and on a one-to-one basis for CV writing, interview techniques and help with locating a volunteer placement. These skills are invaluable when it comes to applying for employment or PhD study.

    Teaching Team

    Module Leader: Mr Lewis Waterfield

    Lewis’ teaching background originates working within Further and Higher Education where he gained a PGCE and experience teaching Applied Medical Science, and more recently microbiology and molecular science techniques within The University of Northampton.

    Lewis holds a BSc in Biology and has researched in the area of applied microbiology and investigated the uses of novel antimicrobials to tackle superbugs like MRSA in the clinical environment. Lewis has carried out research in the field of mindfulness within education, and how this could be used to help learning and behaviour as part of his PGCE.  Lewis’ current PhD research investigates the regulation and role metals and oxidative stresses have within the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae which is responsible for causing thousands of penumonia-related deaths globally. Lewis module leads both Epidemiology and Health Protection and Prevention on the Public Health MSc.

    Subject Specialist and Marker: Mrs Helen Kimble

    Helen Kimble joined the University of Northampton in 2012 as a member of the Primary Health Senior Lecturer team and is Programme Leader for Specialist Community Public Health Practice in the Faculty of Health and Society. Prior to working in academia, Helen worked as a Specialist Community Public Health Practitioner within Primary Care for over ten years and gained extensive experience of working with individual children and young people, families and communities during that time. Helen has interests in teaching Public Health and supervising Public Health Masters Dissertations. As well as her Postgraduate Diploma in SCPHN, Helen holds a Master’s in Education and values promoting learning as a lifelong skill within public health practice.

  • Applicants will normally hold a recognised First- or Second-class Honours degree in a subject area that demonstrates applicability to public health practice including:

    • Dentistry, pharmacy, biology, medicine, public health, nursing, environmental health, biomedical health/science, podiatry, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology, microbiology, biochemistry.
    • Homeopathic Medicine (including degrees in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) are acceptable.
    • Degrees in Zoology and most medical/health background undergraduate degrees are acceptable. This includes degrees such as BSc Profusion Technology and BSc Radiology.

    Applications listing degrees not shown above may be referred to the course tutor to assess suitability for the programme. We will need to see:

    • Degree transcripts with exact modules studied.
    • Evidence of experience in public health (if applicable).
    • References for suitability.
    English Language Requirements

    All applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall with a score no lower than 6.0 for writing and no remaining band/component below 5.5

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 2023/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £8,010
    • UK – Part Time: £890 per 20 Credit Module
    • International – Full Time: £16,500
    2022/23 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £7,650
    • UK – Part Time: £850 per 20 Credit Module
    • International – Full Time: £15,000
    Postgraduate Loans

    If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 21/22 you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan Student Finance England.

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2021. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    Scholarships and Bursaries

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • Who do I contact for further information?

    For more information please contact the MSc Public Health teaching team by email:

Voluntary Placement module

You will have the opportunity to undertake a designated Voluntary Placement module and engage in a minimum of 50 hours of volunteering in a placement relevant to Public Health.


Careers and Employability

Public Health is a growing field of study, therefore there is an abundance of job opportunities to suit a variety of interests and skills. A Master’s degree will help your career advancement within a variety of organisations and professions such as health and social care, local authority, and voluntary organisations.

Our Public Health students develop excellent communication and analytical skills and have entered a diverse range of jobs, such as working as Vaccine Logistic Experts for UNICEF, Medical Consultants with the WHO, Governmental Public Health Researchers and Infection Control Practitioners. Students have also entered further study and are undertaking PhDs.