Preventative Health and Health Equity (Distance Learning)

Bangor University
Program overview
1-3 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2023

January 2024

September 2024

January 2025

About this program

Preventative Health and Health Equity (Distance Learning)

The precept that prevention is better than cure continues to grow in relevance. Indeed, as populations become progressively affected by multi-morbidity and avoidable long-term disorders, both the urgency and the need to focus on prevention of illness is increasing. Prevention is about helping people stay healthy, happy and independent for as long as possible. It means stopping problems from arising in the first place; focusing on keeping people healthy, not just treating them when they become ill. Indeed, prevention is not merely the absence of illness or infirmity, it is the possession of a set of personal resources that need nurturing and development to ensure good mental and physical health. In addition, prevention cannot be solved by the health and social care system alone, as many aspects influencing good health lie outside of the health and social care sector's control. Awareness of and commitment to health equity must be embedded within healthcare provision in order for prevention to be successful across society.

This MSc in Preventative Health and Health Equity aims to train leaders in health and social care to effectively manage and lead innovation in practice within their organisations. This training will equip you with the tools and knowledge to plan, develop, and evaluate a shared and inclusive vision for your organisation, drawing on the latest research and development in preventative health, equity, and effective leadership theory.

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Admission requirements

For 2022 entry:

Prospective applicants should hold an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject (of 2(ii) or above), as well as a strong personal statement and reference(s) (academic and/or work related).

Credit transfer and Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (maximum 40 credits at Level 7) will be possible. If credit transfer is sought for taught research methods modules, then this should have been completed within the last 5 years.

For International students, IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element less than 5.5), or equivalent.

If you do not meet the academic requirements detailed above but have at least 3 years relevant work experience and have evidence of recent study or professional development (to demonstrate an ability to study at level 7) we may consider your application.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Full Time
  • Coaching and Mentoring Core
  • Creating a Learning Culture Core
  • Health Equity and Human Rights Core
  • Healthy Behaviour Change Core
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Core
  • Research Methods Core
  • Work-based Dissertation DL
  • Work-Based CPD DL Core
  • Work-Based Action Research DL Core
  • Move More Sit Less DL Core
  • Prin of Prevention & Equity DL Core
  • System Leadership DL Core
  • Full time students must take all the core modules listed above
  • Part Time Yr1
  • Work-Based CPD DL Core
  • Prin of Prevention & Equity DL
  • Part Time Students must take the above core module in Year 1

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Part Time Yr2
  • Research Project Proposal Core
  • Work-based Dissertation DL Core
  • Work-Based Action Research DL Core
  • Part time students must take the above core modules in Year 2

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

This is a 'Distance Learning' Program. All content will be delivered online and through distance learning methods.


Please contact the institute for more information.

Career paths

This Program is likely to appeal to those already in employment as part of their regular CPD or for the purposes of upskilling. This means that graduates will be better equipped to continue or progress in their current career. Those who are seeking to pursue a new career will have access to a wide range of careers that focus on preventative health. Having knowledge of factors relating to health equity and social inclusion, they will be well-equipped to be leaders across services and sectors, including health and social care organisations, and in statutory and non-statutory sectors.

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Bangor University

Want something different? Well you have come to the right place. Bangor University is a historic University located between the mountains of the Snowdonia National Park, the wonderful Irish Sea coastline, and the awe-inspiring Isle of Anglesey. What makes Bangor...

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Why study at Bangor University

A Top 30 university

The Complete University Guide 2022 results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 30 universities for student satisfaction (excluding specialist institutions). This reflects the University’s focus on the overall student experience.

Wide range of courses

We offer hundreds of courses across the arts and the sciences. We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching and our courses and lecturers have been rated in the top 5 in the UK (WhatUni 2022).

World-class teaching & research

Study at a world-class university, which is recognised for the quality of teaching and research. 85% of Bangor University's research is world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021).

Work experience and placements

We offer a variety of options to gain valuable employability skills, which include supporting you in work placements and internships that you may wish to undertake.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first-year students who apply by the deadline and select us as their Firm Choice. Our accommodation was rated Top 3 in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2022.

Free membership of all clubs and societies

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience with free membership of student clubs and societies. There are over 150 different ones to choose from, so you can try something new, get involved with sports, meet new friends and get out and explore the local area.


Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea – has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

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Bangor University

Bangor University
LL57 2DG Bangor Gwynedd
United Kingdom

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