Master of Public Health in Health Services Management


This stream provides a foundation for the understanding of health services management by drawing on a wide range of academic disciplines and enables students to develop knowledge, understanding and capability in various scientific methods and fields of study relevant to strategic management. The stream is aimed at health service managers, planners and policy-makers or those who plan a career in these fields from high-, middle- and low-income countries. Graduates from this stream go on to a range of management positions in ministries of health around the world, the National Health Service, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and management consultancies.

What I will learn


By the end of this stream students should be able to demonstrate ability to apply knowledge of the core disciplines of public health, consisting of statistics; epidemiology; health economics; and social research, to real global health problems. In addition, students will be able to:

·         analyse the principles, structure and functions of health systems, including their financial, organisational and policy-making processes and systems

·         critically assess and apply a range of key management concepts and functions in a range of health care settings

·         appreciate the role and contribution of economic theory, organisational theory and approaches to management in the field of health care

·         show competence in critically evaluating and communicating research evidence

·         apply knowledge of effective team-working and communication skills to solve problems and achieve specific goals


Programme specification: A comprehensive summary of the key elements of the degree, including educational aims and intended learning outcomes, plus details on programme structure, assessment requirements, student support and more.


How will I be assessed?


Course Structure

MSc: 14 modules OR 11 modules and a project report (4 compulsory core modules + 1 stream-specific UNC1 module + 1 further UNC1 module + 1 stream-specific UNC2 module + EITHER 7 elective modules OR 4 elective modules and a project report)

For the MSc: At least 4 of the elective modules must be taken from the selection group UNC2 (including the stream-specific compulsory module). The remainder can be chosen from the selection groups listed below.

·         UNC101 Basic Epidemiology

·         UNC102 Basic Statistics for Public Health and Policy

·         UNC103 Introduction to Health Economics

·         UNC104 Principles of Social Research

All students take two additional UNC1 modules, selected from:

·         UNC105 Issues in Public Health

·         UNC106 Environment, Health & Sustainable Development

·         UNC107 Health Promotion Theory

·         UNC108 Health Services

·         UNC109 Health Policy, Process & Power


The Masters Degree (MSc)

Students registered for the General stream must select eight modules from the list below OR complete five from the list (of which at least four must be UNC2 modules) and a final year project.

Students registered for a specialised stream (Health Promotion, Environment and Health or Health Services Management) must select seven modules from the list below in addition to the stream-specific compulsory PHM2 module OR complete four from the list (of which at least three must be UNC2 modules), the stream-specific compulsory UNC2 module, and a final year project.

Note that restrictions and pre-requisites may apply to some of the modules below. Not all modules will be available every year.

·         UNC201 Analytical Models for Decision Making

·         UNC202 Communicable Disease Control

·         UNC203 Economic Analysis for Management & Policy

·         UNC204 Economic Evaluation

·         UNC205 Environmental Epidemiology

·         UNC206 Environmental Health Policy

·         UNC207 Health Care Evaluation

·         UNC208 Financial Management

·         UNC209 Globalisation & Health

·         UNC210 Managing Health Services

·         UNC211 Medical Anthropology in Public Health

·         UNC212 Organisational Management

·         UNC213 Principles and Practice of Health Promotion

·         UNC214 Conflict and Health

·         UNC215 History and Health

·         UNC216 Sexual Health

·         UNC305 Project Report

·         EPM202 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

·         IDM201 Bacterial Infections

·         IDM202 Nutrition and Infection

·         IDM203 Parasitology

·         IDM205 Healthcare-associated Infection

·         IDM213 Immunology of Infection and Vaccines

·         IDM301 Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases in Developing Countries

·         IDM501 HIV/AIDS

·         IDM502 Tuberculosis

·         IDM503 Malaria


Project Report

All MSc students have the option to apply to undertake a project report specific to their chosen stream, which is equivalent to three module credits.


Entrance Requirements

A student must normally satisfy the UNC general entrance requirements and the additional programme specific entrance requirements as follows:

The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration at the School on a Masters programme is:

A second-class honours degree of a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a subject appropriate to that of the course of study to be followed.

An additional requirement for the MSc Public Health (all streams) is some evidence of ability in maths, post-16 year education. Preference will also be given to applicants with relevant work experience.

Applications with an appropriate technical qualification, or equivalent qualification and experience from overseas, are also welcomed.

Any student who does not meet the minimum entry requirement above but who has relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application.





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