Newcastle University: Public Health and Health Services Research

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Department School of Medical Education
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The Public Health & Health Services Research MSc balances the public health training and advanced research skills necessary for progression in academic or service work.

The MSc in Public Health & Health Services Research is for those who are seeking to gain or enhance a high level of health research skills. You will also be suitable if you wish to pursue a career in public health or health services delivery and analysis in the UK and internationally, with:
the UK National Health Service (or its equivalent abroad)
local government
the voluntary sector
academic healthcare

This MSc combines a range and high standard of health services research methods with the principles of public health science and practice. After successfully completing this course, you will have the skills to be able to proceed with a PhD or start or develop your career in public health and health services or related areas.

The MSc in Public Health & Health Services Research provides a broad-ranging preparation for the Part A examination of the Faculty of Public Health. Our teaching has been mapped against the Faculty’s competencies for public health practitioners to ensure that we continue to provide an excellent academic training.

The MSc in Public Health & Health Services Research grows out of the Institute’s determination to undertake research and teaching to:
reduce health inequalities
address social injustice
improve population health locally, nationally, and internationally

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 health
the role of behavioural interventions in public health

Your development
You can follow your interests and develop specialisms through the public health and health services research project, which is developed 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 datasets
systematic review

You receive a thorough grounding in introductory and advanced research methods and are provided with regular research supervision throughout the course.

Our staff
Our diverse staff tackle global and public health issues from a large range of disciplines, including:
public health
primary care
medical and applied health specialties
psychology and behavioural science
applied epidemiology
data science
health economics

The course consists of taught modules and a supervised project and dissertation. Your project and dissertation are an extremely valuable opportunity for you to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills learnt in 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 preparation or further reading. Individual study is required for other sessions. Module delivery varies from semester length to intensive block teaching.

You will be based 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


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