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Public health professionals explore health in different communities, ensuring people have a better quality of life. They also work to provide interventions that empower communities and individuals to improve health. Study at Oxford Brookes to develop the insight and understanding for a rewarding career in public health.
Throughout this course you’ll look at how health is related to individual biology and genetics. You’ll explore the behavioural, social and environmental factors that affect public health. And you’ll look at ways to gather and examine evidence, and see how your findings can be put into practice to make a difference in society.
This is not just a course for those with a clinical background. It’s suitable for anyone interested in working to improve and support the wellbeing and health of wider communities.
Whether you’re interested in improving the lives of society’s most vulnerable, or furthering your career in public health services, we want to help you make a difference.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Learn with experts
You will be taught by people who are involved in research and practice in a range of public health fields.
A global perspective
At Oxford Brookes we take a global perspective on public health, giving you an insight into the various ways health is influenced in diverse cultures all over the world.
The Health and Wellbeing Research Group
Oxford Brookes is home to The Prevention Science Group, a body that specialises in studying prevention efforts for physical and psychological health and wellbeing.
An interdisciplinary qualification
This interdisciplinary Master of Public Health is a globally recognised qualification that covers a range of disciplines including psychology, sociology, anthropology, medicine and research.
A stepping stone to a rewarding career
Uncover ways to take health out of the clinical settings and into the community. This course will allow you to make a difference through community empowerment and advocacy.
Throughout this course you’ll expose the problems that face public health across various communities, looking at environmental, behavioural and social influences.
During your studies you’ll explore various research techniques and look at how to analyse data in order to make decisions. You’ll also look at how evidence can influence and develop policy change and make a difference to society.
We’ll spend time exploring advanced health promotion, looking into ways in which we can support, improve and impact various populations and groups through health behaviour and lifestyle choice. You’ll have the opportunity to study leadership in public and social health settings, as well as communicable diseases.
You will also write a dissertation on a subject of your choice. Previous graduates have taken on subjects like:
- interventions to empower vulnerable groups,
- school-based programmes to reduce obesity in young children,
- how to better support women who have experienced intimate partner violence.
Learning and teaching
You will learn through the following methods:
- directed reading
- virtual learning environment activities
- project work.
Many of the core competencies identified in the UK Public Health specialist training curriculum from the UK Faculty of Public Health are met through this study programme.
You will be taught on a module-credit basis, through blended learning or face-to-face contact. Each module requires 200 hours of study.
You will learn to work at an advanced level within public health and interprofessional teams. Focus on developing critical self-reflection and interpersonal skills.
Effective use of blended learning will help you to achieve digital and information literacy.
You will be taught by staff actively engaged in public health research. And receive insight from visiting lecturers within key domains of public health, including:
- health improvement (NICE)
- health protection (Oxfam)
- service improvement (Local Authorities).
You will be assessed through the following methods:
- written work
- design work
- verbal presentations
- seminar papers
- verbal presentations
- workshop exercises
- practical exercises.
Start this course in January
You have the option to start this course in January. You will study a range of modules between January and May. During the summer months of June, July and August you will study further modules and begin work on your dissertation. Between September and December you will complete your final modules and focus on your dissertation.
Graduates of our Public Health MPH develop a vast amount of expertise, allowing them to pursue a range of careers in public health. You’ll be able to further existing careers in areas of health care such as nursing, but will also be able to enter the public health sector within areas such as:
- local authorities,
- data analysis,
- health care management,
- health education.
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Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, an Academic IELTS score of 6.5 (with 6.5 in Reading and Writing, and 6.0 in Listening and Speaking) is required.
Pathways courses for international and EU students
We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.
Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.
If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
International applicants will need to apply early to allow enough time for obtaining visas.
If you are offered a place you may be asked to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure a place on the course.
Applications are dealt with on a first come, first served basis, so please act early to avoid disappointment.
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year, your fees will increase each year.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
Financial support and scholarships
Please contact the Programme Administrator to find out whether funding is available to assist with costs. Self-funding applicants are also welcome to apply.
General sources of information about finance and financial support for international applicants can be found at: www.brookes.ac.uk/international/finance
All applicants (UK, EU and international) will be required to provide details of their funding arrangements prior to enrolment on the course.