MSc Public Health for Development Back
(Previously known as MSc Public Health in Developing Countries) This course equips students with the skills needed to appreciate and analyse the state of public health in low- and middle-income countries and to design and evaluate actions to address public health concerns. Students accepted on this course have substantial experience of planning or implementing public health programmes, of public health teaching or research in low- or middle-income countries.
Students develop public health research skills including strong level statistics and epidemiology, and build on these to tailor a course to suit their professional needs relevant to low- and middle-income countries. In the summer, students undertake a supervised research project which focuses on a Public Health question in a low- or middle-income country.
This course is aimed at those who have at least two years' experience of working in Public Health or related teaching or research, in a low-or middle-income country and wish to hone their critical professional skills. We make the most of this bank of professional experience by building in peer-to-peer learning through a student seminar series.
Duration: one year full time; part-time or split study over two years. Modes of study explained.
By the end of the programme, students will able to:
- apply research skills in core public health disciplines to examine a range of public health questions in low- and middle-income countries
- evaluate and apply specialist knowledge of areas relevant to public health in low- and middle-income countries
- make critical use of research skills to evaluate, interpret and present evidence in public health
- identify and assess public health problems in developing countries and evaluate actions designed to improve public health
- design and evaluate public health strategies to improve health in low- and middle-income countries
Students take the following compulsory modules, which are assessed formatively during the term and form the basis of one of the final exam papers in the summer:
- Extended Epidemiology
- Health Policy, Process & Power
- Introduction to Health Economics
- Principles of Social Research
- Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health
Terms 2 and 3
Students take five modules in terms 2 and 3, working with personal tutors to identify a pathway through the course which best serves their career. They may choose to develop research skills in statistics and epidemiology; qualitative methods; health policy; or health economics. They may also choose to develop a specialist public health focus such as: vector control; maternal and newborn health; sexual and reproductive health; or water, sanitation and health.
Most students take the unifying module Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries in Term 3. This module builds on the learning from Terms 1 and 2 so students apply public health disciplines to review evidence, produce policy recommendations, develop strategic public health programme plans and conduct strategic reviews.
All students take two examinations in the summer, one to assess understanding of the material covered in Term 1 and the other to assess their overall understanding of Public Health for Development.
During the summer months (July - August), students draw on all their academic skills by undertaking a project on a subject of importance to public health in a low- or middle-income country, for submission by early September. The project can take the form of a literature review, analysis of a data set, a policy report or a study protocol. The project is an independent piece of work, but students have contact with their supervisors who guide them in this work.