The Child Public Health course aims to equip students with a knowledge of the multitude of factors that affect infant, child and family health and the importance of health in early childhood for future national health, well being and growth.

Key Features


  • The course explores the evidence base behind current child public health, policy and practice
  • Considers the real world implications of research for infants, children and families in health, social and educational settings
  • Equips students with the knowledge and evidence base to develop and change practice in their field
  • Developed by researchers with leading international reputations in the field of child health
  • Delivered by experts with professional backgrounds in their field

Teaching and Employability

  • Taught by an interdisciplinary team including Public Health experts, Psychologists, Sociologists, Midwives and Child Nurses
  • Teaching staff have strong professional links in practice in health, social care, social work and education
  • Teaching is research-led, informed by the research expertise and international networks of the team
  • Opportunity to pursue a PhD supervised by a well-qualified member of the team


Ever wondered why mothers are encouraged to breastfeed?

Or why so much attention is paid to childhood obesity?

Do you believe that mothers should be ‘grateful that they have a healthy baby’ or is birth experience more important than that?

Perhaps you are a Professional working in practice and want to know the latest evidence behind what you do?

Or perhaps you are a Professional who wants to know the evidence behind an issue to strengthen your argument to drive forward a new policy?

Then this taught Master’s programme is for you. Exploring the evidence base underpinning Child Public Health policy in the UK and Internationally, this course examines health issues for children (and their families) aged 0 – 11 years such as perinatal health, nutrition and immunisations. It highlights the importance of child health, not only as a concept of illness but as affecting wider long-term educational, social and emotional development.

The programme uses a bio-psycho-social approach to critically evaluate the multitude of factors that influence child health and the role of multi-disciplinary professionals, policy makers and government in child health promotion and governance. Overall, it will emphasise the importance of the early years upon the future child and population health and consider the public health policies and interventions established to promote and enhance this.

The course will:

  • Enhance understanding of the evidence base that drives Child Public Health policy, promotion and practice
  • Develop students with a critical perspective on the importance of child health, the interplay of factors that affect it and the impact it can have on child outcomes
  • Promote critical understanding of child health from an integrated, holistic perspective examining evidence from biological, psychological and social angles
  • Raise awareness of the number of professions who play a role in Child Public Health and explore the importance of inter-professional working
  • Equip students with the knowledge to understand and promote child health in professional settings

Entry Requirements

  • a UK 2.2 (or above) degree in a related discipline (for example nursing, midwifery, childhood studies, education, psychology, sociology, mental health)
  • applicants without an undergraduate degree should have significant relevant work experience (the admissions tutor will assess the appropriateness of this experience in relation to the programme)
  • applicants may also be asked to attend an interview
  • applicants will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau, or CRB, Check). International students will also need this or an approved University equivalent
  • International applicants - English language requirements: Students are required to have a minimum of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in all domains, or a University-approved equivalent, prior to starting the programme

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc Full-time £7,200 £15,200
MSc Part-time £3,600 £7,650
MSc Part-time £2,400 £5,100

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

International students and part-time study: It is now possible for some students to study part-time under the Tier 4 visa route. This is dependent on factors relating to the course and your individual situation. It may also be possible to study with us if you are already in the UK under a different visa category. Please visit the University information on Visas and Immigration for further guidance and support.

Additional Costs

Students are likely to encounter additional costs at university. These can include, amongst others:

  • buying stationery and equipment, such as USB sticks, etc.
  • printing and photocopying
  • binding of research projects/ dissertations

Please note there are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

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Last updated October 29, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
1 - 3 years
15,200 GBP
- Full-time international students; 7200 GBP - Full-time UK/EU students; 3600 GBP - Part-time UK/EU students (two years)
July 31, 2019
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Start Date
Sep 2019
End Date
July 31, 2020
Application deadline
July 31, 2019

Sep 2019

Application deadline
July 31, 2019
End Date
July 31, 2020