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  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time

This academic course gives you the opportunity to explore in-depth public health issues with public health academics, researchers and practitioners. It reflects local, national and international Public Health agendas and you will have the opportunity to focus your assignment work on your own specific public health-related interests. 

You’ll learn about epidemiology and critical evaluation techniques to identify what influences the health of national and international populations and use these methods to determine their health status and needs.

Units in Public Health Management Strategies and Health Promotion & Partnership Working will enable you to formulate your own health solutions, consider the role and function of partnership working to improve public health, as well as critically evaluate health strategies.

Public health involves multi-agency involvement and partnerships and the course is suited to those with interests such as public health, community development, housing, environment, health promotion, transport, environmental health, partnerships, quality improvement and epidemiology. As such, we welcome practitioners and professionals from a range of backgrounds, not necessarily in healthcare. Students studying Public Health have come from backgrounds such as doctors, teachers, nurses, midwives and community public health workers.

“My degree increased my knowledge in the fields of health promotion and partnership building, as well as giving me practical public health experience. This equipped me with the skills to open an NGO (the Dolphin Family Foundation) in Nigeria.”
Chiebere Ogbuneke, graduate

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus


MSc: Typically 1 year full-time, or 3 years part-time.

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject. Experience or insight into related work/study/research is usually required. 

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 or above. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details

You can study three units to gain our Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health, six units for our Postgraduate Diploma, and a final dissertation unit for our Master’s in Public Health. You can also study individual units as a CPD (except Developing a Study Proposal and Dissertation units), rather than register for the whole course.

Our Public Health course is academic in nature and is designed to reflect local, national and international agendas for the continuing professional development of the health care workforce. As a student, you will be able to apply for student membership of The Royal Society for Public Health.

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, researchers and qualified professional practitioners.  

Download the programme specification (pdf 394kb)

Your application

We are looking for applicants who:

  • Are dedicated to improving and advancing public health
  • Are keen to develop academic skills to underpin public health strategies and implement them in practice.

How to apply

Entry requirements


This course will prepare you for a diverse range of roles in public health due to its focus on developing your research skills and knowledge to underpin public health practice. This includes working in a wide range of areas in governmental and non-governmental organisations in the UK or internationally.

Read about published research by a former MSc Public Health student

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the Postgraduate Loan (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

What our graduates think

Ramatu Wuni

The course has equipped me with valuable knowledge and skills, I feel more confident analysing issues and applying work place policies and procedures. I have also experienced remarkable improvements in my research abilities and writing skills.

Andrew Kalue

I'm currently working with Brac International as a Research Assistant exploring public health and poverty alleviation. The course was really tailored to meet my needs and I hope to pursue a PhD in the future.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.