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What makes Public Health MSc at Worcester special?

This is a postgraduate programme for health practitioners and professionals from the wider workforce who impact on public health. The course will develop your public health skills and establish an advanced knowledge base for your chosen field of public health practice, whether in the UK or internationally.

At Worcester our philosophy is to create and develop professionals who are able to lead and implement change in public health globally. To fulfil this aim, the modules include relevant theoretical and ethical concepts to encourage students to reflect critically on decisions that arise in the field of public health.



Key features

  • Public Health at Worcester is relevant to both the 'traditional' public health workforce and a wide range of 'allied' professionals seeking to enhance their ability.
  • Applicants from diverse backgrounds gain knowledge in a wide range of contemporary public health practices including the NHS, private health care, allied health sciences and third sector organisations.
  • The variety of modules on offer, enable students to choose either a broad based approach to public health, or to focus on UK practice, international public health or health and sustainability.
Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

As Public health is a multidisciplinary course, we accept a wide range of undergraduate degrees onto our MSc Public Health if they meet the entry criteria minimum of a 2.2.

In your personal statement, we 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 in written English.

International students who do not meet the above criteria can apply to University of Worcester International College (UWIC) to undertake a course to prepare you for the MSc in Public Health.


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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 


  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Health Improvement
  • Public Health Leadership and Management
  • Introduction to Research Methods in Public Health
  • Public Health Project Module
  • Global Health
  • Health Protection
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Dissertation
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The Public Health course starts in September each year. It is a full-time, 1 year course that is based at St John's Campus. The course can be studied either full or part-time. All modules are mandatory.

Each module carries 15 credits with the exception of the dissertation module, which is 60 credits. Each student will complete eight mandatory modules leading to 120 credits. The dissertation module (60 credits) will be lead to 180 credits. Each 15 credit module has twelve weeks of teaching and this is delivered through face-to-face and online.

Teaching is on a Thursday and Friday and runs from 10.00 to 15.00. You will need to gain 180 credits to achieve the MSc Public Health. As a full time student, you will be on campus for two days a week. Students also have the opportunity to utilise practical health promotion skills in the facilitation of seminars and workshops.


The teaching and learning methods are designed to support motivation, interactivity and development of future graduates in public health practice. The MSc Public Health course delivery is by a blended learning approach including using interactive lectures that integrate a wide variety of learning formats, problem based and self-directed learning. 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 modules are supported by Blackboard (the university learning online learning environment), where weekly lecture notes and wider reading is available to students. 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.

You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures and seminars. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures.


Each 15-credit module is assessed at the end of the module, except for Methods in Public Health, which carries two assessments and one is halfway through the module and the other at the end. All modules are assessed using a range of methods including oral presentation, case study, report writing and a literature review.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected (as a full time student) to undertake a minimum of 12 hours of personal self-study per week. A full time Masters degree is challenging and typically, this will involve extensive reading to make sure you have a thorough knowledge of the literature on each topic. Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.


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

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet The team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.


John Leah

John is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the MSc Public Health at the University of Worcester.

His research interests centre around the links between wellbeing and contact with nature and greenspaces, the subject area for his recently completed PhD at the University of Lancaster: ‘Wellbeing and Greenspaces: new understandings for new initiatives'. 


Dr Francis Howie

Francis has held public health roles in practice for over 30 years and feels privileged to now be working with the next generation of health and care professionals.

She is committed to embedding understanding of the prevention of ill-health and the narrowing of health inequalities in student learning at the University of Worcester and believes this to be a key enabler for securing the future of a sustainable national health and social care system.


Where could it take you?

The course content is aligned with the guidelines for accreditation at the International level (W.H.O) European level (The European Agency for Accreditation in Public Health Education, APHEA) and the National level (The Faculty of Public Health and the UK Public Health Register). The course is aimed at the wider public health workforce and therefore the range of public health career opportunities is very diverse and will depend on whether you want to work for a local, national or international organisation.

Career opportunities include local, national and international NGOs, government health departments including the NHS, local authorities and policy departments at national government level, the World Health Organisation and the United Nations, and other private sector and third sector organisations.

Adina Bolfa

Adina Bolfa

Adina Bolfa, who graduated with a Masters in Public Health, has been working with people in India as part of an exchange programme through the University.

The 22-year-old now dreams of a career in humanitarian work.

Adina, who came to the UK to study from Gheorgheni, in the Transylvania area of Romania, completed her undergraduate degree at Worcester in Human Nutrition.

She managed her studies alongside paid work and voluntary work, which earned her a Worcester Award from the University, recognising the extra work students do to enhance their employability.

After finishing her Masters, Adina was part of an international exchange between the University of Worcester and a university in India. Alongside three other students, for four weeks she learnt about the different health systems there and promoted public health across many sectors, such as schools. 


Lenient Okpogor

“My name is Lenient and I’m from Warri, Nigeria. I did my top-up degree in nursing and am presently studying MSc in Public Health. It’s an interesting course and I’m enjoying every part of it!

“My favourite thing about the Worcester is the serenity and safety of the city. Also the people of Worcester are friendly. When I finish my study, I hope to get a job in line with my course and I wish I could get one in Worcester because I would love to settle down here.

“I've also had the opportunity to explore my hobbies which resulted in winning the Global Food Festival Award and having my recipe published in the Worcester International Cookbook.

“What I enjoy the most is the student-tutor relationship, which is superb! They give you their time and you can book an appointment or email them at any time and you get a quick response. The assistance of the English reader is really helpful - they know we will be struggling with writing and speaking and we have received a lot of assistance with our essays. I’m already doing the recommendation, hopefully some of my friends will be coming from Nigeria next year!”


Divya Madhusudan

“I chose the University of Worcester as the classes offered a blend of medical and social sciences, which I knew would give me a good career boost.

The University provides all the necessary support for its students – be it academic or otherwise.”


Nancy Chen

“In the future, I would like to return to China to become a lecturer in Public Health. I have travelled to several cities in the UK and in my opinion, Worcester is the best.

People are friendly and smile at you in the street.”

International Experience Opportunities

In July to August 2019, students from the schools of Health, Science and Education travelled to India. The focus of the course included how to:

  • Learn in a resource poor environment
  • Internationalise educational experience
  • Develop team work and inter-professional understanding
  • Improve employability in the future

The fantastic experience included visits to rural schools in India and an opportunity to study in the Social Health and Development section of the Pravara Medical Institute.  


How much will it cost?


The current fees can be found within the tuition fees document on our figure out finances page.

Postgraduate loans

The Government will provide a loan of up to £10,609 per student for postgraduate Masters study. It will be at your own discretion whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs.

For full details visit our postgraduate loans page.

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. 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.

Students will be expected to fund their accommodation and other living arrangements

How to apply

How do you apply?

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 or

When we receive your application form, your details will be passed to the Masters Programme Leader who may contact you to arrange an informal interview. You may include additional material, such as references, in support of your application or bring them with you to interview.

You can apply for postgraduate taught courses and PG Certs at any time, but preferably as early as possible before the start of the academic year, which begins in September.

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Postgraduate Admissions Office

John Leah

Admissions Tutor