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Masters in Public Health

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

Masters in Public Health

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Masters of Public Health

Programme Code

MED-MPH

UCAS Code

JACS Code

A900 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

For current general University entry requirements for this pathway go to:
http://www.qub.ac.uk/ado

Criteria For Admission (Subject Specific Requirements) To programme
A minimum upper second class honours degree with relevance to Public Health or equivalent academic credit. Evidence of equivalent professional qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants may be required to undertake an interview.

International applicants should have either:
- an IELTS score of 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in each of the four component elements of listening, reading, speaking and writing taken within the last 2 years;
- a TOEFL score of 90+ (internet based test), taken within the last 2 years, with minimum component scores of Listening – 20, Reading – 19, Speaking – 21 and Writing – 20;
- a valid Certificate of Proficiency in English grade A or B;
- a valid Certificate of Advanced English grade A; or
- a first or upper second class honours degree from a university based in the UK, Republic of Ireland or other suitably quality assured location where the medium of instruction is English.

Intercalating medical and dental students within QUB will also be considered if they have successfully completed the third year of their course and achieved at least an upper second class honours standard. Applicants may be required to undertake an interview. Intercalating applicants should also ensure they have permission to intercalate from either the Director for Medical Education or Dentistry as appropriate.

To have an intercalated application considered, an external candidate must be ranked in the top half of their year cohort. A student must normally have passed all assessments at first attempt for the year in which they are applying.

Additional Relevant Information
Programme learning content based on the diploma (Part A) examination syllabus for membership of the UK Faculty of Public Health (www.fph.org.uk/exams/part_1/default.asp).
Appropriate discrete academic or service (health improvement, health protection, and health and social care) public health projects will be identified for dissertation.

For further Information refer to:
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences
Postgraduate and Professional Development
Whitla Medical Building,
97 Lisburn Road
Belfast BT9 7BL
www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 2615
Email: pgoffice.smdb@qub.ac.uk

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

180

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Accreditations (PSRB)

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Dr Ellie Hothersall

University of Dundee

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

No

Programme Specific Regulations

Awards, Credits and Programme of Learning Outcomes
Examinations
The following regulations should be read in conjunction with the University’s General Regulations.

Examinations
1. The Master of Public Health (MPH) programme is currently offered as 1 year full-time study course.
2. Students must achieve an overall pass mark in all taught modules and the dissertation to be awarded the degree of Master of Public Health
3. A candidate who fails a module may re-sit for that module. Normally, only one resit will be permitted in each module.
4. Dissertation work undertaken while carrying failed modules is done at the student’s own risk.
5 All decisions on progress will be made by the Board of Examiners
6. A candidate who fails the dissertation may re-submit the dissertation within 6 months. Only one resubmission will be permitted.
7. Candidates who pass all the taught modules but who fail to achieve a mark of at least 50% in the dissertation, shall be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma only.
8. Candidates who pass all the taught modules but who do not submit a dissertation, shall be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma only.
9. Candidates who have failed to pass all taught modules but who have accumulated a minimum of 60 CATS, shall be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate only.

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

Yes
No (with the exception of students who are taking this as an intercalated degree and whose primary programmes are subject to FTP regulations) Fitness to Practise programmes are those which permit students to enter a profession which is itself subject to Fitness to Practise rules

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

To introduce the breadth of the public health approach and perspective:
- population based;
- collective responsibility for health, its protection and disease prevention;
- the key role of the state, linked to a concern for the underlying socio-economic and wider determinants of health, as well as disease;
- a multidisciplinary basis, which incorporates quantitative, as well as qualitative methods; and
- partnerships with all of those who contribute to the health of the population.

To introduce the 'science of public health' practice which requires a robust, systematic, and evidence-based approach to define and understand population health issues and problems, and to identify optimal solutions for health gain within available resources.

To introduce the 'art of public health' practice which requires interpersonal and organisational skills to work in partnership with others, influence decisions, support implementation of policy, programmes or interventions, and effect real change.

To provide learners with a public health knowledge and skills base, as a foundation for further training and career opportunities in public health practice or academic research.

To facilitate learners in the integration and application of public health related knowledge and skills to :
- identify, characterise, define, describe and communicate public health issues or problems;
- collect, generate, synthesise, appraise, analyse, interpret and communicate quantitative or qualitative information that relates to health status, health determinants, health outcomes, health risks or health needs of defined populations;
- critically assess and interpret available health evidence, and formulate options for effective, efficient and equitable action;
- support and influence health policy, health system, and individual health decisions; and
- implement, manage and evaluate agreed public health solutions.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Critical thinking

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive lectures and seminars
group discussion
problem based learning
self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Written assignment
Oral presentations
Dissertation

Analytical skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive lectures and seminars
Group discussion
Problem based learning
Self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Written assignment
Oral presentations
Dissertation

Systematic approach to problem solving

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive lectures and seminars
Group discussion
Problem based learning
self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Written assignment
Oral presentations
Dissertation

Systematic approach to assessment or evaluation

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive lectures and seminars
Group discussion
Problem based learning
Self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Written assignment
Oral presentations
Dissertation

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Self-directed learning

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and interactive seminars
Group discussions
Problem based learning
Self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Written assignment
Oral presentations
Dissertation

Written and verbal communication skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and interactive seminars
Group discussions
Problem based learning
Self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Written assignment
Oral presentations
Dissertation

Information technology skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and interactive seminars
Group discussions
Problem based learning
Self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Written assignment
Oral presentations
Dissertation

Time management skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and interactive seminars
Group discussions
problem based learning
Self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Written assignment
Oral presentations
Dissertation

Team work

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and interactive seminars
Group discussions
Problem based learning
Self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Written assignment
Oral presentations
Dissertation

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Source, and appraise public health scientific literature which will draw on the key methodologies involved in the science of public health
a) epidemiological concepts and methodologies
b) demography
c) qualitative health research

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive lectures and seminars
Problem-based learning
Group discussion
Self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Written assignments
Oral presentations

Apply a range of medical statistical methods

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive lectures and seminars
Problem-based learning
Group discussion
Self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Written assignments
Oral presentations

Describe the determinants of health and disease and critically appraise the literature relating to these determinants

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive lectures and seminars
Problem-based learning
Group discussion
Self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Written assignments
Oral presentations

Identify methods of improving the health of the public through evidence based policy and strategy development and implementation. Using collaborative working and public health leadership skills.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive lectures and seminars
Problem-based learning
Group discussion
Self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Written assignments
Oral presentations

Recognise key threats to public health from communicable diseases, environmental hazards, major incidents and outline the key elements of responding to such threats.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive lectures and seminars
Problem-based learning
Group discussion
Self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Written assignments
Oral presentations

Discuss Health and Social Care Systems within the UK and globally and how these can be strengthened.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive lectures and seminars
Problem-based learning
Group discussion
Self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Written assignments
Oral presentations

Students will be able to identify health needs of population groups and describe the key processes involved in planning, commissioning and delivering high quality healthcare and population screening services.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive lectures and seminars
Problem-based learning
group discussion
Self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Written assignments
Oral presentations

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Apply a general public health approach and perspective to relevant issues;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive lectures and seminars
Problem-based learning
Group discussion
Self-directed learning
Use of statistical packages via practical sessions

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Written assignment
Oral presentations
Dissertation

Interpret and use demographic data,

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive lectures and seminars
Problem-based learning
Group discussion
Self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Written assignment
Oral presentations

Interpret descriptive and analytic epidemiological study findings;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive lectures and seminars
Problem-based learning
Group discussion
Self-directed learning
Use of statistical packages via practical sessions

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Written assignment
Oral presentations
Dissertation

Discuss the basic principles of theory and practice in qualitative health research

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive lectures and seminars
Problem-based learning
Group discussion
Self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations

Apply the concepts of health economics and economic evaluation

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive lectures and seminars
Problem-based learning
Group discussion
Self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Oral presentations

Demonstrate critical assessment and appropriate interpretation of published health evidence.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive lectures and seminars
Problem-based learning
Group discussion
Self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Written assignment
Oral presentations
Dissertation

Apply critical, analytical and creative thinking to a range of public health issues

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive lectures and seminars
Problem-based learning
Group discussion
Self-directed learning
Use of statistical packages via practical sessions

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Written assignment
Oral presentations
Dissertation

Demonstrate numerical and data handling skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive lectures and seminars
Problem-based learning
Group discussion
Self-directed learning
Use of statistical packages via practical sessions

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Written assignment
Oral presentations
Dissertation

Demonstrate familiarity with use of Statistical Software Packages

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive lectures and seminars
Problem-based learning
Group discussion
Self-directed learning
Use of statistical packages via practical sessions

Methods of Assessment

Dissertation

Explain observed variations in health and disease, categorising factors that influence or determine individual and population health;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive lectures and seminars
Problem-based learning
Group discussion
Self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Oral presentations
Dissertation

Summarise the concepts of inequalities and inequities in health, outlining possible explanations for the observed association between socio-economic disadvantage and poor health outcomes;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive lectures and seminars
Problem-based learning
Group discussion
Self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Oral presentations
Dissertation

Discuss the concept of healthy choices and summarise current evidence for the health effects of lifestyle choices such as nutrition, physical activity, alcohol and tobacco smoke on health.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive lectures and seminars
Problem-based learning
Group discussion
Self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Oral presentations
Dissertation

Outline sociological perspective, explanations, processes and constructs for observed patterns and experiences of health and disease; describe observed and potential effects of the physical environment on individual and population health.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive lectures and seminars
Problem-based learning
Group discussion
Self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Oral presentations
Dissertation

Outline the epidemiology of the major preventable diseases and discuss evidence based approaches to prevention

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive lectures and seminars
Problem-based learning
Group discussion
Self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Oral presentations
Dissertation

Discuss the implications of current genetics knowledge and research for disease risk reduction and treatment.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive lectures and seminars
Problem-based learning
Group discussion
Self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Oral presentations
Dissertation

Discuss the advocacy role of public health practitioners as agents of policy change; describe the process of policy-making through the inter-relationship of context, process and actors; illustrate the principles of policy analysis, strategy development and local implementation; discuss the relative importance of individual and society decisions for health and ethical issues relating to health improvement; summarise the theory and principles of health improvement interventions directed at individuals, community groups, marginalized groups, and large populations; outline a systematic model for planning, implementation and evaluation of a health promotion intervention in a defined group of individuals or population; discuss approaches and barriers to multi agency working in public health; and apply basic models and theories for public health leadership, operational management, team working, organisations, and collaborative working in the context of health improvement

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive lectures and seminars
Problem-based learning
Group discussion
Self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Oral presentations
Dissertation

Explain the roles and functions of local health protection arrangements; demonstrate sufficient communicable disease control knowledge and skills to collect baseline data, assess risk and response appropriately to single cases of common communicable disease; apply the general principles of outbreak investigation and management; demonstrate a systematic approach to environmental hazard risk assessment, investigation, and communication for a defined population; and apply the general principles of integrated emergency management.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive lectures and seminars
Problem-based learning
Group discussion
Self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Oral presentations
Dissertation

Apply a systems approach to health and social care service provision; discuss approaches to prioritising, funding, strategic planning, and commissioning of services; apply frameworks for service quality measurement and assessment; interpret measures of service utilisation and performance appropriately; discuss individual and organisational accountability and systems of governance to safeguard quality; outline the generic steps in a quality improvement project and apply this to a specific context; apply principles and frameworks for managing change; outline the evidence for population screening programmes, using established criteria; and discuss the organisation and quality assurance of screening programmes.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive lectures and seminars
Problem-based learning
Group discussion
Self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Oral presentations
Dissertation

Skills in design and evaluation of interventions aimed at improving the health / wellbeing of a target group
Ability to design and interpret Health Impact Assessments; Ability to use basic quality improvement techniques; Use effective team working and skills to manage change

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

- interactive lectures and seminars
- problem-based learning
- group discussion
- self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
- Oral presentations
- Dissertation

Students who choose the Global Health stream will gain the following additional skills:
Identify key health challenges in low and middle income countries and critical appraise global health policy on a range of issues
Evaluate national level approaches to improving services for cancer, eye health, cardiovascular disease, maternal and child health and sexual health reproductive rights
Students will also gain skills to critical appraise global health policy in the context of development and the specific issues listed above.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

interactive lectures and seminars
- problem-based learning
- group discussion
- self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
- Oral presentations
- Dissertation

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Students who choose the Public Health Skills in Practice will gain more in depth knowledge and skills in relation to quality improvement, team working and health impact assessment.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

interactive lectures and seminars
- problem-based learning
- group discussion
- self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations
Written assignments
Oral presentations

Students who choose the Global Health modules will consider the epidemiology and service planning issues relating to non- communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, eye health, cardio- vascular disease in low and middle income countries.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

interactive lectures and seminars
- problem-based learning
- group discussion
- self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

written examinations
Oral presentations

Students who choose Global Health 2: Maternal and Child Health ( MCH) will be able to:
• Describe the principles for provision of MCH and Sexual and Reproductive Health (/SRHR) services to facilitate sustained use, particularly by high risk groups
• Identify the reasons (including structural drivers) which led to poor achievement of Millennium Development Goal 5 and how this can be addressed within the SDGs
• Discuss the design and implementation of effective primary and secondary MCH/SRHR services (including Emergency Obstetric Care)
• Discuss the public health aspects of important causes of childhood morbidity and mortality in LMICs including the determinants of child health
• Appraise the evidence for interventions used to improve maternal and child health

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

interactive lectures and seminars
- problem-based learning
- group discussion
- self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written assignments
Oral presentations

Students who choose the Global Health 3: Development module will be able to:
- Map and describe how global health policy is developed and how the health policy influences multilateral and bilateral funding agencies to support individual national health policy implementation
- Be able to discuss the relevance of specific global policies (such as Universal Health Coverage, Sustainable Development Goals and World Health Organisation’s ‘integrated people-centred health services’) to global health development
- Describe, analyse and give examples of the legacy of vertical programmes on global health development
- Describe and debate the merits and demerits of different health financing mechanisms to achieve equity and accessibility to health care; the range of financing mechanisms available and different types of budget support to less developed countries
- Assess the implications of poorer nations getting loans or grants to implement national health policies
- Describe, using case studies and examples of the differences between Emergency Aid and Sustainable Development – and the political, financial and moral risks of chronic emergency aid funding

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

written examinations
Oral presentations

Methods of Assessment

written examinations
Oral presentations

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Dissertation - Public Health

SCM8030

7

60

36 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Medical Statistics for Postgraduate Students

SCM7044

7

20

YES

11 weeks

N

YES

20%

0%

80%

Determinants of Health and Disease and Health Improvement

SCM8102

7

15

YES

5 weeks

N

YES

0%

0%

100%

Public Health Sciences

SCM8103

7

25

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

20%

0%

80%

Health Protection

SCM8104

7

20

YES

8 weeks

N

YES

0%

0%

100%

Health and Social Care Systems

SCM8105

7

20

YES

4 weeks

N

YES

0%

20%

80%

Global Health 1 : Non- communicable diseases

SCM8107

7

20

YES

4 weeks

N

YES

0%

30%

70%

Public Health Skills in Practice

SCM8135

7

20

YES

8 weeks

N

YES

0%

20%

80%

GlobalHealth 2: Maternal and Child Health

SCM8136

7

10

YES

4 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Global Health 3 - Development

SCM8137

7

10

YES

4 weeks

N

YES

0%

20%

80%

Notes

Compulsory Modules
Students must take all compulsory modules which comprises
Semester 1 – 3 modules: Medical Statistics (SCM7044); Determinants of Health & Disease & Health Improvement (SCM8102); Public Health Sciences (SCM8103) and Semester 2 – 1 module: Health & Social Care Systems (SCM8105)
Optional Modules (Semester 2 only)
Students must take either:
i) Public Health stream - 2 optional modules (SCM8104-20 CATS) and (SCM8135 – 20 CATS) or;
ii) Global Health stream - 3 optional modules in Global Health 1 non Communicable Disease (20 CATS), Global Health 2: Maternal and Child Health (10 CATS) and Global Health 3: Development (10 CATS)