Now more than ever, public health needs to be viewed as a global matter. From China to India, Saudi Arabia to Nigeria, the world needs health sector professionals who can rise to increasingly complex challenges. At the University of Exeter’s , students are answering their calling to save lives through learning and research of the environment, biology, data, and public health systems.
As one of the UK’s leaders in international medicine and health research, the college delivers four globally-relevant postgraduate programmes in a blended mode, full-time or part-time. All programmes are accepting entries for the 2021-22 academic year. If you’re looking for funding options, the University of Exeter for international students too.
The new Master of Public Health (MPH) has been developed in collaboration with the University of Exeter Business School and is designed to shape advanced leaders who are guided by research in tackling emerging threats to public health. You will get to collaborate with healthcare professionals and explore how current decision-makers step up to the plate.
“You will be learning from experts in world-leading public health research groups, as well as experts in leadership and strategy from our leading business school. You can expect that the Exeter MPH will give you the tools, frameworks, and strategies you need to develop the kind of effective solutions required to address public health problems in the modern world,” says G.J. Melendez-Torres, Professor of Clinical and Social Epidemiology and MPH co-lead.
In short, the MPH invites students to combine local and global best practices to improve future healthcare collaborations and systems. Graduates can look to go into careers in commissioning, pharmaceuticals, and health authorities.
MSc Environment and Human Health
Whether you come from a geography, sociology or healthcare background, this degree will educate you on the relationship between the environment and broad public health issues. Based in Truro, Cornwall, this unique MSc programme covers a variety of topics from local and global perspectives, including the health impact of climate change, and links between environmental and social inequalities. It opens up your pathway to emerging roles in public health and environment sectors, for which you will develop a transferable skillset.
“I’ve been so impressed at the quality of the delivery and the care that our lecturers have for each of us,” testifies student Catherine Cutler. Fellow student Ali Dupuy concurs, adding, “The lecturers are incredible and so passionate about what they do. You have the facility of the (ECEHH) right at your doorstep; you can just go and talk to a specialist.”
You will learn to critically assess public health profiles anywhere in the world, especially through the lenses of an ageing society and global urbanisation. Graduates go on to build fulfilling careers in health promotion, environmental protection, occupational wellbeing, and social enterprises; some even pursue academic careers, including within ECEHH.
You don’t have to come from a biomedical background to venture into this field. Instead, you’ll need a strong grounding in computation or mathematics, preferably from a recent computer science or maths degree or with a good aptitude for computing, such as coding in R or python. Guided by world-renowned health scientists, in collaboration with maths and computer science experts, this programme will prepare the analytical mind to prevent, treat, and cure diseases.
It is a highly unique programme — one that is only offered in six UK institutions, hand-picked by Health Data Research UK. As part of the government commitment, five students from each cohort will receive full fees and a stipend to pursue this course.
As University of Exeter bioinformatician Dr Eilis Hannon explains, “[The programme] takes individuals with a strong quantitative background and exposes them to a number of research areas in healthcare and medical research that their skills will be highly advantageous for in the future.” Potential applications cover health services research and modelling, as well as stratified medicine.
One of only seven offered in the UK, this programme encourages students to explore the genomics and informatics of various diseases to broaden their clinical practice and medical research. It was developed by Health Education England in support of the 100,000 Genomes Project, which has been a transformative force for genomic medicine in the National Health Service.
Whilst studying for this MSc, you will become well-versed in genomics, bioinformatics, as well as the UK’s efforts in advancing genomic medicine. This includes understanding; genome sequencing, family and population level genomics and applications for specific diseases, including infectious disease and cancer. Graduates go on to become clinical practitioners, diagnostic service providers, scientists, researchers, and even academics.
With so many fulfilling pathways to choose from, it’s no wonder future medicine and health professionals choose to further their studies here. To find out more, join the University of Exeter’s College of Medicine and Health virtual open day on March 24, 2021, where you will be able to speak to students and staff about their experience.
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