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School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health


  • In light of a recent decision by the governing Councils of Durham and Newcastle Universities to transfer the Durham’s School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health to Newcastle University there has been a discontinuation of postgraduate taught courses offered by the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health. This programme is therefore no longer available to applicants.

The MSc in Public Policy and Global Health emphasis is the development and implementation of public policies to improve the welfare and general health of populations through existing health and governmental systems. To do this, the course examines how societies think about and act on public health problems in a world where both the origins of the problems and their solutions operate at multiple levels and (often) across political, social and cultural boundaries. A secondary theme is the development and evaluation of research evidence upon which such policies can be built or improved.

Students are stimulated to connect the experiences of people ‘on the ground’, including their own experiences, with macro-scale processes, cultural circumstances and policy choices that affect the health of populations. They gain experience in using multidisciplinary research strategies to analyse public health problems and propose solutions at various scales. Graduates will find themselves empowered to participate in public policy efforts to promote, improve and protect the health of their peers, families, friends, communities, and nations.

The course content was developed in light of the UK Faculty of Public Health’s requirements for public health practitioners. It is public policy oriented, locally distinctive and internationally relevant with subthemes in social determinants of health, evidence generation in public health, lifestyle choices, food and food policy, sexuality and sexual health concerns. Case studies within modules reflect staff’s particular research interests and emerging issues.

This course is for you if you wish to pursue a career in public health management, policy development, research or advocacy whether in publicly funded health organisations such as local and national government bodies or NGOs with various community or international foci. The MSc also will be useful if you are, or intend to be, a public health practitioner.

The programme will develop in you a critical understanding of the complexities and interrelatedness of health-related policy, health inequalities, the wider social determinants of health, health systems, the types and use of evidence in policy and practice, and leadership and governance for health improvement. It will assist you to develop, critique and/or implement public policies and projects related to health and health improvement. It will also extend your acumen and impact as a future leader of health improvement policy and implementation programmes.

Study can be undertaken at PG Certificate and PG Diploma levels if desired.

This course generally has a very diverse student cohort with students coming from both developing and developed nations.

The course structure is flexible with enrolment offered on full-time, part-time or modular bases. All modules are delivered at the Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees. Teaching sessions are delivered through short intensive classroom blocks with supported self-learning. This form of teaching structure is designed to suit all needs, whether you are studying full-time or balancing your study with professional commitments. In addition, regular School and Wolfson Research Institute give guest lectures and seminars from experts such as Prof David Hunter engaged in developing and delivering health-related policies within the UK and the World Health Organisation are held.

The programme has been structured to enable you to undertake a 4-week unpaid placement during the period of March to June, ensuring you graduate with valuable work experience.

To view the framework for your degree programme click on the link belows. Programme regulations should be read in conjunction with the Core regulations for postgraduate programmes.

Core modules are as follows:

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in the Postgraduate Module Handbook is correct at the time of publication in August 2015. The University will use reasonable endeavours to deliver programmes and other services in accordance with the descriptions provided.
The University, however, reserves the right to make variations to programme contents, entry requirements and methods of delivery, to discontinue or merge or combine programmes, and to make variations to regulations, both before and after a student's admission to the University, if such action is reasonably considered necessary by the University.

Prof Ted Schrecker is co-editor of the Journal of Public Health, with Prof Eugene Milne, Director of Public Health for Newcastle upon Tyne. The Journal focuses on current theory and practice within the entire spectrum of public health. Relevant publications by programme staff are available on their individual web pages, at the links provided above.

  • Effects of school-based nutritional approaches on childhood overweight and obesity: a systematic review of the UK & US
  • The effect of The US Economic sanctions and trade embargoes on the health of Sudanese Children
  • Comparative analysis of polio eradication initiatives in Nigeria and Angola
  • If the diseases that cause high infant mortality rates in Africa, especially Nigeria, are preventable, why does disease kill so many children under age 5 and what policies has the government put in place to reduce this?
  • Assessment of the legacy effect of the London Olympics on policies relating to public health and social determinants of health
  • A critical analysis of the current situation of tobacco control in China
  • Regulating Transatlantic Food Safety Stringency: A Comparative Analysis of the United States and the European Union
  • What can Taiwan National Health Insurance learn from the UK National Health Service concerning to patient referral system? A Comparison Study of Patient Referral System between Taiwan and the UK.
  • How does China’s one-child family policy affect population ageing?
  • An evaluation of tuberculosis policies, strategies and guidelines for improving tuberculosis control in Afghanistan
  • An exploration of the short term effects of physical activity participation on adolescent mental health
  • A Critical Analysis of the Current National Malaria Strategic Plan (NMSP) of Afghanistan
  • Could the Common Agricultural Policy have an impact on the level of the obesity/overweight in Europe/ United Kingdom?
  • The Menstrual Phenomenon in Indian Adolescents - from a marker of fertility to untouchability: A prospective policy analysis.

There are no examinations in the School’s masters courses; assessment is undertaken through a variety of assignment formats.

I had the time of my life, and even applied to come back to do another Masters here. I love it

Kasey Philyaw, USA