MSc Public Health

The MSc Public Health creates professionals who can lead and implement change in public health across the world stage.

It was designed in consultation with Public Health Wales and supports the development of public health practitioners through enabling them to negotiate, plan, implement and evaluate policy and practice initiatives. 

The Public Health Masters recognises that health challenges can be more global than a single country’s population but that local policy and regulation responses will vary from country to country. 

Modules include relevant theoretical and ethical concepts to encourage students to reflect critically on questions and decisions that arise in the field of public health.

At the end of the course, students will develop as responsive professionals who can negotiate, plan, implement and evaluate public health policy and practice.

2021/22 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Glyntaff A
Part-time 2 Years September Glyntaff A
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year February Glyntaff A
Full-time 1 Year September Glyntaff A
Part-time 2 Years September Glyntaff A


The Public Health course is structured through the academic year, and students can start the course in either September or February. Each 20 credit module has seven weeks of teaching which runs 10.00-3.00, with assessment to complete after the teaching has concluded. You will need to study nine modules (180 credits) to achieve the MSc Public Health.

Between September to February students will complete Leading Change, Protecting Health in Diverse Environments, Governance and Economics and Integrating Public Health Practice. Between February and August students will complete Sustainable Public Health, Evidence Based Public Health, Public Health Project, Health Promotion and one optional module (International Family Health or Epidemiology and Biostatistics).

As a full time student you will be on campus for two days a week apart from when you are studying your optional module, which is three days a week. Part time students will be on campus one day a week. Students also have the opportunity to utilise practical health promotion skills with on campus health promotion activities around a number of health awareness days e.g. Worlds HIV Day. Students staff health promotion stands, develop materials and programmes for dissemination to USW students on other campuses.

You will study the following modules:

  • Sustainable Public Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Evidence Based Public Health
  • Protecting Health in Diverse Environments
  • Integrating Public Health Practice (a skills based module)
  • Leading Change
  • Governance and Economics for Public Health
  • Public Health Project

You will also choose one optional module from the following: Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Public Health or International Family Health.


The teaching and learning methods we use are designed to support motivation, interactivity and development of future graduates in public health practice.

The MSc Public Health course will be delivered using a blended learning approach predominately using interactive lectures that integrate a wide variety of learning formats. A typical lecture includes a mix of tutor led lecture content alongside structured activities and tasks to allow students to gain and share theoretical knowledge, and apply this new knowledge to practical public health examples.

All our modules are supported by Blackboard (the online learning environment), where weekly lecture notes and wider reading is available to students.

You will be expected to manage your own enquiry-based learning. Learning takes place alongside students from a wide range of disciplines and from a wide range of countries. This provides a rich learning environment concordant with contemporary multi-disciplinary approaches to public health.

Most teaching will be between 10am and 3pm. Modules run for seven weeks. There will be some activities (including elements of assessment) which fall outside these times, but notice will be given of these. 



Each 20-credit module is assessed at the end of the module using two pieces of assessment. All modules are assessed using a range of methods, and usually have one coursework element and one exam element.

The coursework element uses written formats that you might use in public health practice and includes including a project, a portfolio, a community profile, an oral presentation, a poster presentation, a literature review, a report, a briefing paper and a protocol.

The exam elements include a mix of exams and include short answer, practical tasks, MCQs and essay style exams.


Across the public health course there is an experienced teaching team including full time, part time and visiting/guest lecturers.

Many staff have years of teaching and research experience in the area of public health and its related disciplines and some staff have considerable practical health-related work experience.

As Public health is a multidisciplinary course, we accept a wide range of undergraduate degrees onto our MSc Public Health with a minimum entry criteria of a 2.2. In addition, applicants require a minimum of one year relevant work experience.  In your personal statement we therefore expect you to show a strong interest in Public Health, and to describe any relevant work experience you have in the health field. This might include current or past employment, voluntary work experience, undergraduate research projects or internships.


International applicants whose first language is not English require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall, 6.5 in Writing and 5.5 in each other component.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £14500 

  • Part-time UK:  £1000 per 20 credits

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

This Public Health course opens up a variety of employment opportunities in the UK and internationally, and across the public and voluntary sectors, e.g, in schools, colleges and universities, advocacy organisations, international non-government organisations, consulting firms, local and national government organisations, health delivery organisations and community development organisations.

There is also opportunity to work in global organisations such as the World Health Organisation.

Please note, the MSc Public Health does not lead to registration on any professional register but can contribute towards preparation for Part A of the Faculty of Public Health examinations.

Graduates can also progress to a PhD or research degree.