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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 afternoon for an hour (exact time TBC) for 12 weeks on the following dates:

Online live Induction: 19th September 2022, 12-2pm (link will be send closer to the day).

Online live seminars:

  • 23rd, 30th September 2022
  • 7th, 14th, and 21st October 2022
  • 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th November 2022
  • 2nd, 9th and 16th December 2022

*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 £833. The deposit cost is £50.

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

If you would like to take the course assessment to obtain 20 credits at level 7, there is an additional fee of £250

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.


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


A minimum 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent) in a subject such as health promotion, public health, medicine, nursing or allied health, health-related studies (e.g., psychology, nutrition), social sciences, biosciences, sport science, and 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)

Upon acceptance you will be required to pay a £50 deposit to secure your place. The balance is due 21 days before the start of the course.

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 Masters level. 

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

Find out more

For more information about this course please contact the Short Courses team:
Tel: 020 8240 4321