MSc in Public Health

Glasgow Caledonian University, London (GCU London)

Program Description

MSc in Public Health

Glasgow Caledonian University, London (GCU London)

This Master’s programme provides practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds the opportunity to enhance their knowledge, understanding and professional skills for safe and effective public health practice.

Our programme is underpinned by world-leading research and a framework of social action, which is increasingly accepted as a means to reduce the enduring and currently widening inequalities in the experience of health, illness and wellbeing within and between countries. This framework aims to redress the balance between asset based approaches and the more traditional deficit approach.

The programme is aligned to the UK Public Health Skills and Career Framework which in turn maps to WHO international standards. Practitioners will consider modern theory and research alongside of current global strategies for health and development to improve the health and well-being of the population, prevent disease and minimise its consequences, prolong life and reduce inequalities in health.

Supported with a variety of teaching and learning approaches, our students engage in taught content through guided study, lectures from public health experts and participation in group work and seminars to encourage interaction. Lectures and seminars are also supported with online activity.

Why Choose this Programme?

  • An internationally unique curriculum which is strongly influenced by the theme of social action. It fits in with global strategies for health and development including the Rio Political Declaration 2013, the World Health Organisations’ ongoing programme to take action on the social determinants of health and the UN’s Post 2015 Development Agenda
GCU’s Research in Public Health featured heavily in our recent REF 2014 successes. These leading researchers are involved in the teaching and development of your MSc Public Health programme

Contributing staff on the MSc Public Health include two Fellows of the Faculty of Public Health, who hold key positions within the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Professor Antony Morgan) and Health Protection Scotland (Professor Jacqui Reilly). The Programme Leader is registered nurse who is also a qualified health economist (The London School of Economics and Political Science) We have strong links with leading public health bodies and policy makers, including the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence and Health Protection Scotland The Department is currently the only UK and one of only three European World Health Organisation Collaborating Centres and is a member of the Global Network of 43 WHO Collaborating Centres. Engagement with WHO activity provides opportunities for greater depth of understanding of global health issues and strategic directions.

Course structure

The programme is delivered via a blended approach, with lectures and seminars delivered in “blocks” and supported with online activity. It consists of compulsory and optional modules to allow students to tailor the programme to meet their individual learning needs.

The compulsory modules are:

  • The Principles and Theory of Public Health
Public Health Theory to Social Action

Health Economics and Development Evaluating Evidence to Develop Research and Inform Practice Advanced Epidemiology: Application and Evaluation in Practice Dissertation


All modules provide opportunities for you to receive feedback on your academic work. The length and nature of assessments is dependent on module specific learning outcomes. Examples of assessment activities within the programme include written assignments on a given public health perspective, open book examinations, project plans, research proposals and a small scale research study or systematic review.

Modules will have either one larger summative assessment at the end of the module or two smaller assessments, spaced throughout the module. A Pass mark is awarded at 50% or above, and students must gain Pass marks in all modules.

Employment Opportunities

Recent graduates are now specialising in areas including health improvement, health protection, and public health teams. A number of graduates have moved into roles within academic settings including teaching, research and further studies.

Cost & Fees

Tuition fees need to be paid to the university however some students are eligible for tuition fee support. The fees and financial support that are relevant to you depend on where you lived before coming to university.

Entry Requirements

All entry requirements listed here represent the requirements for entry to the programme that are normally sought. The Admissions Team may assess additional evidence to assess your eligibility however, depending upon your full academic/employment background.

Typical Entry Requirements

UK Honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent)

English Language

Academic IELTS score of 6.5 (with no element less than 6.0)

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

Pre-sessional English

For international students who do not meet the minimum English language requirements, we offer Pre-sessional English language courses to help you improve your English language skills.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 16, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
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Jan. 2018
12 - 16 months
Full time
8,400 GBP
United Kingdom - London, England
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UK/EU students; £12600 International students (outside Europe)