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Public Health and Health Services Research (Taught)

Newcastle University
1 year
Master's degree
On campus
Newcastle upon Tyne
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Program description

This course is for those who wish to pursue a career in Public Health and/or Health Services Research in the UK or internationally with the UK National Health Service (or its equivalent abroad), local government, the voluntary sector or academic health care. It is suitable as preparation for the Part A examination of the Faculty of Public Health.

You will study:
•the factors that can influence the health of populations
•the provision of health and health care
•research skills
•how to apply research findings to improve health and the delivery of health care services.

One third of the MSc involves a research project, which is developed in collaboration with staff in the Institute of Health and Society. You can choose from a wide range of projects put forward by our academic staff, or propose your own research area.

Projects vary and can involve:
•primary data collection (quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods)
•secondary analysis of a wide range of available datasets
•systematic review.

You receive thorough grounding in introductory and advanced research methods, and are provided with regular research supervision throughout the course. You are encouraged to present your research at conferences and publish in peer reviewed journals, for example the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

The MSc provides, together with service training, an appropriate preparation for the academic components of the Diploma and Part A examination of the Faculty of Public Health.

Results of the Postgraduate Teaching Experience Survey 2012 indicated that 96% of students are satisfied with the level of dissertation supervision they are given. 100% of students surveyed said their overall expectations of the course were met.


The MSc consists of taught modules, a supervised project and dissertation. The project and dissertation are valuable opportunities for you to apply the knowledge and skills you learn from the taught component of the course.

Teaching is via a mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. We encourage active learning through discussion, problem-solving and group work. Some teaching sessions may involve student presentations, and preparatory or further reading. Individual study is required for other sessions. Some of our modules are taught in three day blocks over three weeks. Others are taught in three hour blocks.


Although not compulsory, we work with Newcastle University's Careers Service and encourage you to undertake work experience placements.

Placements have included: literature searching and reviewing, interviewing, and collaboration with National Energy Action, a Newcastle based non-governmental organisation. These placements help to increase your transferable skill set and considerably enhance your CV.


You will be based in the Institute of Health and Society in the Baddiley-Clark Building, adjacent to the main Faculty of Medical Sciences site.

You will have access to:
•open plan workspaces
•meeting rooms of all sizes
•'breakout' areas for informal discussion
•a dedicated audio-visual room for analysing both audio and video information.

Admission requirements

For more information about this program, please contact the school directly.

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Newcastle University

Newcastle University is a world-class research and teaching university, ranked in the top 200 of the world’s best universities. We are proud to have been awarded Gold status by the UK government in the Teaching Excellence Framework in recognition of our provision of consistently outstanding teaching,...

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