We offer an MSc in Child Public Health which is a unique course exploring the evidence based behind child public health policy in the UK and overseas. Our past students have included midwives, health visitors and school nurses, graduate students and international students from around the world. Our modules explore current issues in child public health, nutrition, childhood illness, safeguarding, child development and more. You can study for the MSc full time or part time, or take the course as a PGDip or PGCert.
As part of the MSc you have the opportunity to conduct a dissertation project in an area of your choice relating to child health and wellbeing. A number of our students have gone on to publish their research findings in international journals.
Some examples include:
- Harries, V., & Brown, A. (2017) The association between use of infant parenting books that promote strict routines, and maternal depression, self-efficacy, and parenting confidence. Early Child Development & Care. Doi: 10.1080/03004430.2017.1378650
- Hicks, S., & Brown, A. (2016). Higher Facebook use predicts greater body image dissatisfaction during pregnancy: the role of self-comparison. Midwifery, 40, 132-140.
You can also take any of the modules on the MSc as stand-alone options. This includes our module on Childhood Nutrition and Growth with explores nutrition through from pregnancy, breastfeeding, introducing solids and into childhood.
We also welcome PhD enquiries exploring infant feeding, mental health and early motherhood. Some of our current PhD student projects include
- Sara Jones: Sara is exploring how early infant feeding affects infant weight and growth.
- Hannah Rowan: Hannah is examining differences in diet and food preferences amongst babies who are spoon fed or following baby-led weaning.
- Carmen Power: Carmen is exploring how maternal experiences of childbirth affect infant behaviour including feeding interactions
Our students are active in publishing their findings in international journals. Some examples include:
- Brown, A., Jones, S. W., & Rowan, H. (2017). Baby-Led Weaning: The Evidence to Date. Current Nutrition Reports, 6(2), 148-156.
- Jones, S. (2016). A history of baby-led weaning: the evolution of complementary feeding trends. Journal of Health Visiting, 4(10), 524-530.
- Rowan, H.., Lee, M.. & Brown, A.. (2019). Differences in dietary composition between infants introduced to complementary foods using Baby-led weaning and traditional spoon feeding. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 32(1), 11-20.