PG Certificate in Public Health (Online)
Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health
The Online PG Certificate in Public Health is taught by the University of Stirling, and designed for both experienced and novice professionals in the healthcare sector. It is also well suited to individuals interested in starting or moving to a career in public health policy, practice and research.
This century has seen a prevalence of health emergencies such as Ebola, SARS, and the Coronavirus – Covid-19 – pandemic. These emergencies have highlighted the necessity for well trained Public Health professionals. Healthcare workers who specialise in Public Health are vital to creating fair health policies that improve and bolster the health of the population. These members are often a critical part of their community, being the first line of defence in protecting communal health.
Developed by experts, the Online Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health course provides unique learnings from contemporary public health methods and theory, teaching healthcare practitioners how to apply them to work. The Online Public Health degree teaches a comprehensive understanding of the field, and how to use this knowledge to make a positive impact on the wellbeing of the community and its individuals.
The PG Certificate in Public Health is a multidisciplinary focus, delivering both theoretical and practical skills in collaboration with the government, third sector partners and the public. Interact with experts from the world-renowned Institute for Social Marketing and Health Research as well as the Population and Public Health Research Group. Gain first-hand insight into Public Health approaches used by policymakers, practitioners and researchers.
Benefits of the Online PG Certificate in Public Health
Taught online, the course gives students the flexibility to access learning materials 24/7. This lets professionals study on their own schedule, without the need to give up work to pursue an education. Students can also choose their own modules to create a programme tailored to their goals and interests in public health.
Study will be supported by academics with established research records, who have a wealth of public health experience
The University of Stirling is ranked Top 15 in the UK for Health Sciences (REF 2014), No. 1 in Scotland and Top 15 in UK for Nursing (QS World University Rankings 2020). A testament to the University’s commitment to healthcare research.
Career Path after a PG Certificate in Public Health
Based on the area of interest, graduates may hold positions as:
- Health Policy Advisor
- Public Health Advisor
- Public Health Nutritionist
- Environmental Scientist
- Health/Education Advisor
- Substance Misuse Worker
- Health Improvement Practitioner
Academic Progression after a PG Certificate in Public Health
Graduates from the Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health can choose to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health, followed by a Masters in Public Health (MPH)
A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2:1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.
English language Requirements
Due to disruption in English Language testing caused by COVID-19, we are accepting alternative English Language tests (including online English Language Tests).
If English is not your first language we may require one of following qualifications as evidence of English language skills, however please contact your Stafford Higher Education Consultant for more English language options.
- IELTS Indicator 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-skill
- Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each sub-skill
- Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 overall with a minimum of 169 in each sub-skill
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) 62 overall with 60 in each sub-skill
- IBT TOEFL 80 overall with 18 in reading, 23 in writing, 19 in listening and 21 in speaking
- IBT TOEFL Special Home Edition Test 80 overall with 18 in reading, 23 in writing, 19 in listening and 21 in speaking
- Trinity ISE II Pass overall and Merit in all sub-skills, ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills
- Aptis (4 skills) CEFR B2 overall and B2 in all sub-skills
- Duolingo 105 overall with a minimum of 95 in each sub-skill
- LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator – Pass with minimum 33 in each sub-skill
Introduction to Public Health
This module will be used to introduce students to the core concepts around public health. The module will provide students with a grounding in the key theories, principles and methods involved in public health today, alongside up-to-date evidence for the current state of health across the globe. Students will be introduced to concepts including, but not limited to, the current physical and mental health burden across various countries, population health vs. public health, the determinants of health and health inequalities, and the design and evaluation of public health interventions.
The key aims within the module are to:
• Outline and provide current examples of key theories and principles around public health research methods, programmes and policies
• Develop a knowledge base and understanding of the determinants of health at a population level
• Outline the current health status across the globe
• Introduce students to the design and evaluation of public health programmes and policies
Introduction to Epidemiology
The large majority of businesses today operate in a variety of economic environments and their leaders must make economic decisions taking into account market specific information. This module covers the most essential analytical tools required for economic decision making such as: the concepts of economic systems, profit and utility maximisation, demand elasticity, market equilibrium, market structures, macroeconomic objectives, government policies’ (monetary, fiscal and trade policies) tools and their impact on businesses etc.
Businesses also require funding from shareholders and lenders at the outset and subsequently need to profits and positive cash flows for investment. They are in competition with other businesses for funding, just as much as they are competition for labour and market share. On this course, you will learn to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages to the business of a range of sources of finance. You will also learn how managers’ report on the financial affairs and financial position of the business and how financial reports can be analysed to evaluate business performance.
Public Health Research
In this module students will learn about the realities of research within public health and the various forms this research can take. Students will learn about research methods around collecting, analysing, understanding and disseminating research evidence. The module will cover topics on study design, analysis methods, critical appraisal, research impact and the implementation of research evidence.
The key aims within the module are to:
• Outline and provide current examples of different public health research approaches and designs
• Develop a knowledge base and understanding of the practical steps involved in undertaking evidence reviews and appraising evidence
• Introduce students to designing and implementing research projects
Public Health Policy
This module will provide students with a critical understanding of public health policy-making. Students will explore what policy means and key theories of how it is created, constructed and implemented at different levels of government including the role of advocacy and shaping ideas and beliefs. Students will gain detailed knowledge of a range of population-level public health policy interventions including pricing, availability and other marketing measures relating to unhealthy commodities, and how they are evaluated.
Society and Health
Health and wellbeing are critical issues in society. This optional module explores how health and wellbeing needs to be understood in a variety of ways and with regard to the wide range of social factors that influence individual and population health. Wide inequalities in health and wellbeing reflect divisions in social class, structure, wealth, gender, race/ethnicity, age and geography. We will introduce and explore key sociological approaches towards understanding the relationship between health and society and between health and healthcare provisions. Key evidence, concepts and theories will be introduced to enable students to develop a critical understanding of the ideologically contested nature of health in society.
The key aims within the module are to:
- Introduce, explore and evaluate sociological approaches for understanding the relationships between health, illness, healthcare provision and society.
- Provide students with a critical understanding of the role of health, illness and medicine within contemporary society from an individual, societal and global perspective.
- Critically explore the ways in which patterns of health and disease vary according to class/structure, wealth, gender, race/ethnicity, age and geography.
- Consider future prospects for public health and health inequalities in light of social, demographic and technological change.
Drug use: Theories and Comparative Policies
This module aims to provide a critical overview of a range of issues associated with drugs and drug use. The module introduces you to how these issues have been defined, examined and discussed primarily in UK but also internationally. The module has an integrated programme of online lectures, seminar activities and and tutorials covering main theories proposed to explain drug use, the social construction of the drug problem and drug users while focusing on specific groups, like young people who use drugs or women. International and UK policy approaches to the drug problem are also covered in-depth, including the prohibition/legalisation debate. The module aims to further your understanding of the drug problem by critically examining UK and international debates and responses.
Quantitative Research and Analysis
The module aims to develop students’ understanding of the theoretical ideas behind quantitative research and applicability of these methods to their own work. It also provides practical experience of organising and using quantitative data in a manner that will enable critical use of these approaches.
Research Ethics and Governance
Do you want to develop your understanding of legal, regulatory and ethical issues in contemporary health and social care research?
Do you want to know more about good clinical practice in health-related research nationally and internationally?
Do you want to find out how current good practice in healthcare research ethics and governance has developed e.g. by learning about key historical cases of research misconduct?
Do you want to consider how research ethics and governance applies to your own area of practice?
If so, this module is for you!
The module will provide you with an opportunity to consider the application of legal, regulatory and ethical requirements in health and social care research. You will consider how such principles apply in your own area of practice.
Health Behaviours & Behaviour Change
Health behaviours (such as smoking, alcohol consumption, physical activity and diet) play a key role in determining the health of the population. On this module students will learn about how the behaviours impact on health and how public health goes about trying to change health behaviours in the context of the complex world people live their lives in.
The key aims within the module are to:
- Outline key health behaviours that affect the health of the population across the lifecourse.
- Demonstrate the role these health behaviours play in determining health in relation to other determinants.
- Introduce students to current policies related to health behaviour and public health strategies that aim to change health behaviour.
- Develop a knowledge base and critical understanding of key theories of health behaviour and theory based behaviour change techniques.
Alcohol Use: Policies and Interventions
This module aims to provide a critical overview of policy and practice responses to alcohol use. You will be provided with the opportunity to develop and enhance skills in critically reflecting on current issues and up-to-date evidence-based practice research in the field of alcohol use. You will also be provided with a critical knowledge and understanding of working with various population groups (including those who are homeless, in the criminal justice system, young people, older people, those from BME communities and those identifying as LGBTQ+) in the field, thus giving you the competence and confidence to relate to, and work with, people from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
The MPH programme culminates in a research project. Students will identify a public health topic/issue in collaboration with their supervisor and complete a research project on this topic. The project will also explore the policy, practice and research gaps in this topic and making suggestions for alternatives for the future. Students who can demonstrate research skills from prior learning and/or taking optional research skills modules may be able to pursue a research project involving primary data collection or secondary data analysis. Otherwise, students may undertake a systematic review. The assessments for the module will take the form of the preparation of a manuscript for submission to an academic journal, a policy brief (a short document that summarises and presents the findings and recommendations of the research project for a non-specialised audience) and a recorded presentation based on the policy brief.
The key elements within the module are to:
· Develop an independent piece of research with supervision from a member of the Faculty
· Define a research question
· Systematically search the literature for evidence on the chosen topic
· Carry out a research project by collecting and/or analysing data
· Critically evaluate the evidence in this topic
· Critically reflect on the gaps in the evidence and potential future projects
· Discuss the research, policy and practice implications of the findings