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Public Health and Health Services Research MSc, PGDip, PGCert

Our PGDip, PGCert and MSc Public Health and Health Services Research balance public health training and advanced research for progression in academic or service work.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2024
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The Public Health & Health Services Research courses are part of the Population Health Sciences Insititute.

We lead high-impact research to:

  • understand, promote and maintain health and wellbeing for all
  • identify, tackle and prevent the causes of ill-health and reduce inequalities
  • design novel interventions to optimise health and care

Our courses are ideal for students seeking to gain or enhance a high level of health research skills. They combine a range of high-standard health services research methods. This is with the principles of public health science and practice.

You'll have the skills to proceed with a PhD. You could also develop your career in public health and health services or related areas.


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What you'll learn

Among the areas covered are:

  • systematic reviewing and critical appraisal
  • evaluative methods in health services research
  • applications of epidemiology to public health
  • health inequalities and the social determinants of healh
  • the role of behavioural interventions in public health

You'll develop specialisms through the Public Health and Health Services Research project. It will be explored in collaboration with our expert staff. You can choose from a wide range of projects put forward by our academics, or propose your own. Projects vary and can involve:

  • primary data collection (quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods)
  • secondary analysis of a wide range of available data sets
  • systematic review

CPD study options are also available. Students can take the following stand-alone modules:

  • HSC8001: Fundamentals of Research (20 Credits)
  • HSC8003: Social Determinant of Health - Theory and Applications (10 Credits)
  • HSC8027: Health Economics (10 Credits)
  • HSC8036: Health Statistics (20 Credits)
  • HSC8040: Intro to Health Policy and Health Systems (10 Credits)
  • HSC8042: Public Health Intervention (10 Credits)
  • HSC8045: Public Health Protection
  • HSC8047: Public Policy, Health and Health Inequalities (10 Credits)
  • HSC8048: Health Care Quality (10 Credits)
  • HSC8056: Intro to Global Health (10 Credits)
  • HSC8057: Global Health (20 Credits)
  • HSC8058: Applications of Epidemiology to Public Health (10 Credits)

Further CPD Information

The programme code is 6017P CPD Public Health and Health Services Research.

The fees are charged per 10 credits, but the fee varies depending on inflation each year. Students can contact and we will be able to confirm the exact tuition fee.

Students need to apply at least 6 weeks in advance of their chosen module beginning. For details on when modules run, students can contact


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

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How you'll learn

Your development

You'll receive an introduction to basic and advanced research methods. You'll have regular research supervision throughout the course.

Your future

Further Study

You'll gain the skills to be able to proceed with a PhD. You may choose to start or develop your career in public health and health services or related areas


Graduates can go on to work in:

  • government
  • the voluntary sector
  • healthcare and service delivery
  • consultancies
  • the private sector where there is involvement with providing healthcare and public services

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


You will be based in the Baddiley-Clark Building. It is adjacent to the main Faculty of Medical Sciences site.

You'll have access to:

  • open plan workspaces
  • meeting rooms of all sizes
  • 'breakout' areas for informal discussions
  • Walton Library

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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How to apply

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  • campus tours
  • on-campus open days
  • virtual open days
  • webinars

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Get in touch

Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Public Health Programme Team
Medical Sciences Graduate School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8755


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