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Published: 12 November 2021

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At the University of Sunderland in London, many courses will change your life.  

Study for your BSc (Hons) Events and Entertainment Management and you could find yourself organising a catwalk.   

Take the BA (Hons) Business Management and Entrepreneurship (Top-Up) and you might be launching your own start-up.  

But few could lead to a career that impacts others as much as yourself as the MSc Public Health 

As with the majority of our courses, you’ll focus your studies on management in the sector.   

But when it comes to managing health on the public scale, that task is a little bigger than most.  

It can encompass organisations, communities, cities or even entire countries and has an impact on the quality of life for thousands, if not millions, of people.  

No time in living memory has shown the importance of good health policy and activity as the last 18 months.  

The pandemic has seen daily stories of the heroic work of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and brought greater scrutiny to the leaders making the decisions.  

While it can seem a little grand thinking about becoming part of that system, our postgraduate course is designed to give you the tools which can help you become a world-class public health expert.  

What will you learn?  

The course is broken up into required and optional modules. As you could guess, the former includes classes you need to complete for your grade.  

Areas covered range from applying public health in the real world, research and the global environment.  

That will give you a basis in the main areas every public health official should understand to make an impact in their work.  

Once you’ve completed this starting point, you get to choose one other module, essentially catering your education to your career goals.  

Select either epidemiology, which looks at patterns of health and disease, or leadership to take your management training even further.   

What grades do you need?  

To study MSc Public Health at the University of Sunderland in London you’ll need a 2:2 from a related undergraduate course.  

That could be through our BSc (Hons) Nursing or Health and Social Care (Top-Up) degrees, for example.  

To find out whether you have the grades you need to study with us, it’s a good idea to contact the Admission team on or 020 7531 2357.  

What jobs can you get?  

You might be asking yourself what kinds of roles can you work in once you graduate with an MSc in Public Health.  

Of course, in the UK, one of the most obvious is the NHS. Its over 1.3 million employees make it the largest employer in Europe.  

You could also go into private practice, which generally means working with smaller groups, although the financial reward may be larger than the public sector.  

Or you might want to consider a charity like Cancer Research UK or MIND which help advise key decision-makers in government.  

Whatever you want to do with your MSc Public Health degree, it’s worth talking to the University’s Careers and Employability service, who can guide you in your choices.  

Learn more about our range of Nursing and Health courses online, book a Personal Consultation or Register your Interest today.  

You can also find out what it’s like to study at the University of Sunderland in London through an Open Day or in our Prospectus.

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