MSc/PGDip/PGCert Child Public Health

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MSc 1Yr FT
    MSc 3Yr PT
    PGDip 1Yr FT
    PGDip 2Yr PT
    PGCert 1Yr FT
    PGCert 1Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2:2

Course Overview

The Child Public Health course aims to equip students with a knowledge of the multitude of factors that affect infant, child and family health and the importance of health in early childhood for future national health, well being and growth.

Key Features


  • The course explores the evidence base behind current child public health, policy and practice
  • Considers the real world implications of research for infants, children and families in health, social and educational settings
  • Equips students with the knowledge and evidence base to develop and change practice in their field
  • Developed by researchers with leading international reputations in the field of child health
  • Delivered by experts with professional backgrounds in their field

Teaching and Employability

  • Taught by an interdisciplinary team including Public Health experts, Psychologists, Sociologists, Midwives and Child Nurses
  • Teaching staff have strong professional links in practice in health, social care, social work and education
  • Teaching is research led, informed by the research expertise and international networks of the team
  • Opportunity to pursue a PhD supervised by a well-qualified member of the team


Ever wondered why mothers are encouraged to breastfeed?

Or why so much attention is paid to childhood obesity?

Do you believe that mothers should be ‘grateful that they have a healthy baby’ or is birth experience more important than that?

Perhaps you are a Professional working in practice and want to know the latest evidence behind what you do?

Or perhaps you are a Professional who wants to know the evidence behind an issue to strengthen your argument to drive forward a new policy?

Then this taught Master’s programme is for you. Exploring the evidence base underpinning Child Public Health policy in the UK and Internationally, this course examines health issues for children (and their families) aged 0 – 11 years such as perinatal health, nutrition and immunisations. It highlights the importance of child health, not only as a concept of illness, but as affecting wider long term educational, social and emotional development.

The programme uses a bio-psycho-social approach to critically evaluate the multitude of factors that influence child health and the role of multi-disciplinary professionals, policy makers and government in child health promotion and governance. Overall, it will emphasise the importance of the early years upon future child and population health and consider the public health policies and interventions established to promote and enhance this.

The course will:

  • Enhance understanding of the evidence base that drives Child Public Health policy, promotion and practice
  • Develop students critical perspective on the importance of child health, the interplay of factors that affect it and the impact it can have upon child outcomes
  • Promote critical understanding of child health from an integrated, holistic perspective examining evidence from biological, psychological and social angles
  • Raise awareness of the number of professions who play a role in Child Public Health and explore the importance of inter-professional working
  • Equip students with the knowledge to understand and promote child health in professional settings

Entry Requirements

  • a UK 2.2 (or above) degree in a related discipline (for example nursing, midwifery, childhood studies, education, psychology, sociology, mental health)
  • applicants without an undergraduate degree should have significant relevant work experience (the admissions tutor will assess the appropriateness of this experience in relation to the programme)
  • applicants may also be asked to attend an interview
  • applicants will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau, or CRB, Check). International students will also need this, or an approved University equivalent
  • International applicants - English language requirements: Students are required to have a minimum of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in all domains, or a University approved equivalent, prior to starting the programme

How To Apply

Applicants are encouraged to click apply online as this will make it easier to track their progress.

International students should click for more information.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc Full-time £5,300 £13,800
MSc Part-time £1,750 £4,600
PGDip Full-time £3,550 £9,200
PGDip Part-time £1,750 £4,600
PGCert Full-time £1,750 £4,600
PGCert Part-time £1,750 £4,600

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Students are likely to encounter additional costs at university. These can include, amongst others:

  • buying stationery and equipment, such as USB sticks, etc.
  • printing and photocopying
  • binding of research projects/ dissertations

Please note there are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course. 


Core/compulsory modules:

Module Code  Module Title  Credits  Core/Compulsory

Issues in Child Public Health

20 Compulsory

Sociology of Child Public Health

20 Compulsory

Childhood Nutrition and Growth

20 Compulsory

Common Childhood Illness

20 Compulsory

Research Methods

20 Compulsory


20 Compulsory


Optional modules:

Module       Code   

Module Title Credits  Status 

Understanding and Observing Child Development

20 Optional 

Advanced Practice with Children

20 Optional 

Therapeutic Work with Children

20 Optional 

Children’s Rights and Safeguarding Children and Young People

20 Optional 


MSc Child Public Health students will take 180 credits comprising five compulsory modules (20 credits each), one optional module (20 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Students wishing to exit on successful completion of 60 credits at level M can be awarded a PGCert in Child Public Health.

Students who successfully complete 120 credits at level M but do not successfully complete the Dissertation module can exit with a PGDip in Child Public Health.



A variety of assessment methods will be used including written essays, portfolios and poster design. The assessments (both summative and formative) include comprehensive feedback to assist the students’ continual development for their chosen programme of study.

Who should apply?

This course is suitable for:

  • those wishing to gain an understanding of the evidence base behind child public health policy and practice and the complex factors that can affect it
  • practitioners working with children or families in health and social care, education or the community sector who wish to build on their knowledge and understanding of child health issues
  • new graduates planning a career working with children or in public health, seeking a course which will enhance their knowledge, understanding and thus employability
  • those with an interest in child health and wellbeing, who wish to understand the topic in more depth e.g. parents, voluntary sector workers
  • international students who wish to explore the many influences upon child health and wellbeing, with an opportunity to relate and contrast that to their home context

Staff Expertise

The teaching team consists of staff with backgrounds in teaching, research and professional expertise in the field of child public health. The team is active in their research and have considerable experience of encouraging students to publish their research; an indicator of high quality.

Team members include:


Students have access to a multi-media teaching suite; take part in interactive teaching sessions where student involvement enhances learning and practical hands-on sessions with visiting speakers.

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Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. 


In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences find out more here  or take a virtual tour  of the college. 

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