Public Health PGCert

Entry Requirements


The Public Health England; and Public Health Skills and Career Framework (UK) have been used to define and organise the core areas of knowledge and relevant skills into the five core modules. Thus, all of the key public health competency areas are embedded into the programme.

Why study Public Health at Shrewsbury? 

Our range of modules offers you excellent opportunities to develop your skills in areas such as epidemiology, policy development and analysis, leadership, and the collaborative and partnership working required to tackle determinants of health that transcend national boundaries.


•    It is aimed at the developing public health workforce and reflects the changing national and international agenda.
•    It is student centred so that the programme will both anticipate and respond to the students’ learning needs.
•    The programme will be cognisant of the students’ professional workplace and will encourage the student to undertake study which has a clear application to practice.
•    The programme will be delivered by lecturers who can offer up-to-date public health experience and expertise.
•    This programme is cognisant with the University’s underpinning pastoral and people-centred values, and sees the development of individuals as fundamental in the development of effective professionals.


Even if your academic background is not directly in public health we would encourage you to apply, particularly if you are working in the public health, social or community sectors in some capacity.


Programme Structure:

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time for reasons which include curriculum enhancement, staff changes, student numbers, improvements in technology, changes to placements or regulatory or external body requirements.

Over the year, you will be studying three main areas:   

  • Epidemiology and Statistics for Public Health 
  • Theories and Principles of Public Health
  • Leadership and Health Policy Development


Our assessment strategy is to employ a variety of methods to fully assess your knowledge, understanding and intellectual skills through, for example, written assignments, examinations, seminar presentations, competency self-assessment and reflective accounts methods.


Career opportunities in public health are developing rapidly, below is just a sample of the positions that graduates could be successful in gaining:

•    Public health intelligence analyst
•    Drug and alcohol action team commissioning lead
•    Health improvement practitioner
•    Public protection officer
•    Health promotion

Entry Requirements

Extra Information
  •  Normally, applicants should have an appropriate university degree (minimum 2.1) or equivalent qualification. Alternatively, students with relevant experience may be able to apply through the APEL route.
  • Overseas applicants whose first language is not English will need to have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent English language qualifications.

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