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MSc Applied Public Health

MSc Applied Public Health

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Course details

Delivery: online, part-time

Duration: two years

Start dates: January, May and September

Next welcome week: 16 September 2024

Next course start date: 23 September 2024 

Fees: £8,549 (flexible payment plans available)

Application deadline: September 2024 (date tbc)

Applications are open for both UK and international students. Apply as soon as possible to secure your place. Visit our Apply now page to start your application.

For more information, speak to our Course Adviser team.

Application process

Course overview

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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Why study with us?


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. 

Learning outcomes

This programme’s aim is to help you effectively take on the often nuanced and complex challenges connected to the health of any population – such as the environment, housing, media, and education. 

Upon completing the MSc Applied Public Health, you’ll be able to: 

  • Effectively plan, conduct, and analyse research in public health, as well as apply theoretical perspectives to real-world issues 

  • Understand key factors of health, inequalities in health, and the importance of addressing these with evidence-based approaches – including epidemiological and statistical methods 

  • Identify ways to assess, protect, and improve the health of populations, from evaluating health initiatives to appropriately employing the media to share information 


Module overview

Entry requirements

  • 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.

Unsure if you have the right qualifications or experience? Don’t worry – we know it’s impossible to measure everyone’s capabilities in the same way.

If you’d like some advice regarding your eligibility, our Course Adviser team is here to help. You can reach them by phoning +44(0)1524 938 558 or emailing

Why study this course?

Hear from Course Leader, Akua Quao as she discusses why now is an important time for public health, as well as the skillset required to be successful in the field. Want to watch the full recording? Register to gain access.

Read the video transcript on this page.

Find out about the people you'll meet and the services available to you

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How we teach

We offer an interactive mix of weekly webinars, forums, and learning activities to keep you engaged and challenged during your studies with us. However, you’ll also be given the freedom and flexibility to access these resources at your own time, to best fit your schedule.

In addition, we’ll provide guidance on how to identify, locate, and use the online material available in the Library. Comprehensive bibliographies are provided for each module, as are guidelines for when you’ll be expected to produce essays, projects, and your dissertation.

As this is a postgraduate course, youll also be expected to demonstrate evidence of independently acquired knowledge. We’ll help you familiarise yourself with literature searching techniques to help you in this process. 

Segun Akindokun

Hear from a student

"This course will help me to increase my knowledge in the medical field, including qualitative and quantitative research methodology, which is very important in the industry."

- Segun Akindokun, MSc Applied Public Health

How you're assessed

Throughout the programme there will be a combination of formative and summative assessments. There are no exams.

Formative assessments will typically involve tutor feedback on your presentations and other projects. Summative assessments will typically take place through essays and assessed coursework – your dissertation being one example.

Careers 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 

Your degree also opens you up to the prospect of pursuing a PhD; in many countries an MSc is an essential requirement for study at doctoral level. 

Check out our MSc Applied Public Health careers page for more information on potential career paths open to you.

Start your course in September 2024

Sophie Liebe-Kreutzner

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“From the beginning it’s been clear that UCLan has a really effective system for supporting online students.”


- Sophie Liebe-Kreutzner, MSc in Human Resource Management

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