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Public Health - MSc

Course Details


Available: Part- Time Full- Time

Duration: 1 Year Full time 2 Years Part time

Award: Postgraduate

Faculty: Education and Health Sciences

Course Type: Taught Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Dr. Khalifa Elmusharaf
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Brief Description

The Master of Science in Public Health Programme will facilitate students to acquire a marketable and transferable skillset and competencies, to enhance their career in public health or other health-related disciplines both locally and internationally. These skills are applicable to a variety of careers in healthcare, government, private, and non-profit organisations. The MSc in Public Health curriculum is flexible, using a competency-based and blended learning format, featuring case methods approaches and real-life scenarios. It is also practical, including both a practicum and a research project. Each of the five core modules runs for six weeks and includes a mandatory in-person five-day skills-building workshop on campus. The programme focuses on providing an affordable and high-quality educational experience.

Please note the next session of the MSc in Public Health commences in August 2021. Please see course brochure Here.

The focus of the MSc in Public Health programme is to move from the traditional public health teachings into a competency-based and applied public health way of learning. The programme is exceptional in the strength of its modules in global health and sustainable development, the social determinants of health and health systems, public health research and data analysis, and design, monitoring, and evaluation of public health interventions. From this MSc, any graduate irrespective of their professional background will be able to investigate, design, evaluate, and address public health challenges. The MSc in Public health also provides a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary study and work. Students will also reflect critically on their own and others' learning styles and practice.

The programme is made up of five core modules with online lectures, on-campus face-to-face skills building and group-collaboration workshops, a practicum, and a research project. Students can register on a full-time or part-time basis. The full-time programme runs for one academic year, with the part-time running for 2 academic years. The first five core modules are taken at the same time for both full-time and part-time students.


Learning Outcomes:

1.1. Knowledge - Breadth and Kind:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the complexity of public health and health systems in different contexts.
  • Investigate problems that hinder health nationally and globally, and identify the challenges facing the achievement of the sustainable Developmental Goals

Knowhow and Skill - Range and Selectivity:

  • Utilize various approaches, tools, and metrics to design, deliver, monitor, and evaluate public health interventions.

Competence - Context and Role:

  • Develop quantitative and qualitative research and data analysis skills to critically appraise and design different methodological approaches to address public health issues.

1.2. Competence - Learning to Learn:

  • Develop analytical and professional skills in planning, managing, monitoring and evaluating health services, policies, programmes, projects and initiatives.
  • Apply design thinking approach to identify, test, and implement creative public health solutions to improve global health issues.
  • Critically evaluate contemporary issues in healthcare leadership, and examine trends and developments in strategic management related to public health organizations.

1.3. Competence - Insight:

  • Engage in meaningful reflection to identify, interpret, improve and evaluate personal, cultural, and professional competencies to guide their career.

Each module will run in six-week blocks. During the first three weeks, students will work individually on case studies and will receive a series of online lessons that will cover the content areas of the module. Students will be required to answer a series of multiple-choice questions based on each lecture and case study.  On the fourth week of the module, students will engage with each other and tutors in workshops and group assignments on-campus. The last two weeks of the module will be dedicated to individual projects where students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities in applying the knowledge and skills they acquired throughout the module.

The practicum module is an 8-week competency-based, planned, supervised, and evaluated practical experience. This module introduces the students to the real-world practice of public health, as a way to translate the competencies acquired during the MSc in Public Health into action to gain professional experience.

During the research project module, students will identify a gap in public health research, formulate their research questions, and design and conduct a research project. At the end of the module, students will be expected to submit their final report in journal article format. All modules are listed in the table below, including the semesters in which the modules run:

Year 1 Full time - Autumn Year 1 Full time - Spring Year 1 Full time -Summer
  • Public Health & Health Systems (9 ECTS)
  • Public Health Interventions (9 ECTS)
  • Public Health Research & Data Analysis (9 ECTS)
  • Monitoring & Evaluation in Public Health (9 ECTS)
  • Global Health & Sustainable Development (9 ECTS)
  • Public Health Practicum (15 ECTS)
  • Research Project (30 ECTS)
Year 1 Part time - Autumn Year 1 Part time - Spring Year 1 Part Time -Summer
  • Public Health & Health Systems (9 ECTS)
  • Public Health Interventions (9 ECTS) 
  • Public Health Research & Data Analysis (9 ECTS)
  • Monitoring & Evaluation in Public Health (9 ECTS)
  • Global Health & Sustainable Development (9 ECTS)
Year 2 Part time - Autumn Year 2 Part time - Spring Year 2 Part time - Summer
  • Public Health Practicum (15 ECTS)
  • Research project (30 ECTS)

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.

Programme Delivery

Week 1-3 (Online) - Week 4 (On Campus) - Week 5-6 (Individual Project)

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5-6 
Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 5 days skills-based workshop   Individual project (Product)                       
5 hours onine material 5 hours online material 5 hours online material Complex Case Scenarios  
Case Study Case Study Case Study Group Project  
25 MCQs exam 25 MCQs exam 25 MCQs exam Presentations  
Marks: 10% Marks: 10% Marks: 10% Marks: 20% 50 %



Who can apply?

  • Graduates of any undergraduate degree can be accepted into the Public Health MSc. 
  • Applicants must hold a minimum 2.1 (second-class honours grade 1) result in their first honours bachelor’s degree (NFQ Level 8 or other internationally recognised equivalent). Awards of 2:2 or less may be considered if applicants demonstrate at least five years of relevant public health work experience.

What to include with your application?

  • A personal statement detailing why you wish to undertake the programme and the area of research that you are interested in doing (maximum length two pages A4, 11-point font size, 1.5 line spacing).
  • Qualification transcripts and certificates.
  • Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English. 
  • A copy of your birth certificate/passport (showing your legal name)

Please ensure that you include all necessary materials with your initial application as this will help with the processing of each application.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught in English, or meet one of the criteria below (fulfilled no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English – Ordinary Level Grade D or above.
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based).
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1.
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above.
  • Cambridge Assessment English - Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B.
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice. 

For fees please click here.

For information on funding and scholarships please click here.

This programme will set graduates up for a successful career in the field of public health, depending on their previous experience and individual competencies developed during the MSc. Example roles might include: Academic researcher, Data analyst, Epidemiologist, Health policy officer, Project manager, Health economist, Public health nurse, Public health dentist. Graduates would be likely to go on to work in settings such as health, research, business, government, and national or international non-governmental organisations. 

This MSc programme is recommended to students who are looking to acquire marketable and transferable skills, those wishing to further their academic achievements, and those who would like to move in positions of leadership in healthcare. The programme will equip students with differentiated competencies including tangible skills that will not only be marketed to future employers, but also prepare our graduates for self-employment and consultancy roles.

Here is what some of our current students are saying about the Public Health MSc:

“I have been able to improve my communication and presentation skills through workshops and advice from experts. I have been able to explore tools, frameworks, and theories to target and tackle public health challenges.”

“This master's programme has been a lovely mix of self-directed learning and group projects with colleagues of different backgrounds from all over the world. I have wanted to pursue a master's in public health for several years and am delighted to have started this programme. The content is extremely interesting and challenging and already has ignited a passion and desire for a career in public health after the programme has ended.”


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the full-time and part-time?

Students of the full-time and part-time options will take the first five core modules together in year 1. Following this, part-time students will conduct their research project and practicum in year 2, whereas full-time students will continue with these in year 1.

Will I be able to work while I do this programme?

Yes, you will certainly be able to work while attending the Public Health MSc. However, as the module workshops are mandatory to attend, it is important that students schedule these days off from work as full cooperation and attention is required during these weeks. Exact dates will be made available closer to the beginning of the programme.