MSc Public Health

This MSc prepares you to start or develop your career in public health research or practice. It gives you a firm grounding in the three key areas of public health - public health improvement, health protection and healthcare public health – and is underpinned by our expertise in research methods, statistics and epidemiology.

Programme structure

The programme is structured around nine taught units and a research dissertation.

Research dissertation

Your research dissertation will give you the opportunity to explore an area of public health in depth.

Examples of possible dissertation topics are:

  • Is Hepatitis C (HCV) screening in hospital emergency departments effective at increasing uptake of HCV treatment and diagnosis?
  • The role of social networks and personality in midlife as predictors of activities of daily living in older age: cohort analysis.
  • Exploring the causal mechanisms underpinning school-based mental health interventions.
  • A qualitative exploration of the impact of social media on young people’s attitudes to sex and relationships.
  • Does reduced prescribing for oral nutritional supplements lead to reduced costs for the health system as a whole?

Did you know?

  • You can study this programme full-time or part-time.
  • Our Master's students are based at Bristol Medical School, which offers dedicated teaching and research facilities.
  • This Master's will prepare you for a public health career in a broad range of policy, practice or academic settings.

Bristol Medical School is a world-leader in public health - anyone with an interest in improving and protecting public health should consider this MSc.

Professor Isabel Oliver, Deputy Director of the National Infection Service of Public Health England

If you wish to learn and develop within an inspiring, enthusiastic and supportive environment, I recommend studying at Bristol Medical School.

Heide, Postgraduate Student at Bristol Medical School


For general queries please contact:

Dr Ruth Kipping, Acting Programme Director
Telephone: +44 (0) 117 331 4584

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