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Concepts in public health

This module aims to provide a comprehensive foundation to the professional and academic field of public health. Providing the core principles and context to the programme, through an introduction to the historical and theoretical underpinnings in public health, key terms, concepts and the agencies involved and the development of a framework for critical understanding and appraisal of evidence based public health policy and practice.

Dates and times

This course is delivered entirely online.

Pre-recorded materials will be available a week in advance and will be complemented with live online seminars every Friday morning for an hour (10.30-11.30am) for 12 weeks on the following dates:

Online live Induction:

  • 18th September 2023 from 2-3.30pm (Zoom link will be send closer to the day).

Online live seminars will be held on Fridays between 10.30-11.30am on:

  • 22nd, 29th September 2023
  • 6th, 13th, and 20th October 2023
  • 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th November 2023
  • 1st, 8th and 15th December 2023.

Please note that this is an indicative only schedule, and the sessions might be subject to change, although the dates presented above are fixed.

*Seminar attendance is encouraged but it is at your discretion to attend live or watch the recorded seminars at your own time and pace. In addition to the pre-recorded materials and live seminars students will need to study independently and prepare for the seminars if required. This will require a time commitment of approximately 130 hours throughout the course.


The full cost is £917 excluding the course assessment. 

Participants can opt to take the course assessment at an additional cost of £250. The deposit cost is £50 which is payable upon application. The course fee excludes refreshments and accommodation. Information on accommodation on campus or in local hotels can be provided upon request.

Please ensure you can commit to the scheduled dates as unfortunately we are unable to give refunds.

St Mary's University alumni receive a 20% discount.


This course will provide students with a sound understanding of the theoretical and empirical basis of health promotion, and with the conceptual and practical skills to design and evaluate health promotion policies and programmes.


Participants who complete and pass the course assessment will receive a certificate of accreditation at master’s level.

For participants who choose not to undertake the assignments, a certificate of attendance will be provided.

The course is assessed via an oral presentation in the form of a TED talk, and an essay/literature review of 2000 words.


Students will normally be expected to have achieved a 2:1 or a good 2:2 (or equivalent) in a related discipline, including: 

  • health promotion
  • public health
  • medicine
  • nursing or allied health
  • health-related studies (e.g., psychology, nutrition)
  • social sciences
  • biosciences
  • sport science
  • environmental health.

Undergraduate degrees in other disciplines may also be considered.

Applicants with two years of relevant non-certified learning and professional experience in a relevant field of work, such as relevant extracurricular activities or volunteer work will also be considered.

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent)

How to apply

Please complete the application for to apply for this course and forward references and evidence to supporting your application to


Students will receive a certificate of attendance. Students who opt to take the assessment and pass will also receive transcript detailing 20 credits at Master's level. 

Please note that the transcript will follow once internal and external quality assurance processes have been completed. Credits may be transferred onto existing master's degrees at St Mary’s University.

Find out more

For more information about this course please contact the Short Courses team: