MSc in Public Health Science

Course Details

Westminster International University in Tashkent launches the first master’s degree course “Master of Science in Public Health Science” in Uzbekistan providing a British Masters Degree recognizable across the globe. The course is offered on a one-year full-time or two-year part-time basis at 6:30 pm. It provides intensive education in Public Health, Epidemiology, and Statistics to prepare professionals to protect and enhance the health and well-being of populations through health promotion and disease prevention initiatives. This course will enable students to conduct research projects in medicine, life sciences, or social sciences.

The course is designed for those who are planning to gain knowledge and practical skills in the health and disease-related field. It helps students to understand the major determinants of public health and one will be able to critically analyse and interpret health data for planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health practice and to find the most effective and efficient solution for decision-makers on the population level.

The course aims at producing graduates that are able to:

  1. Demonstrate a deep and systematic understanding of current theoretical, methodical and practical approaches of Public Health Sciences.
  2. Critically analyse complex public health challenges using data in order to define needs and prioritise actions for key stakeholders.
  3. Display mastery in comprehension of health related data and deploying the appropriate software tools that satisfy specified requirements along with testing their use in the public health domain.
  4. Demonstrate technical and professional skills in the application of complex and specialised financial and economic knowledge to the field of public health.
  5. Conduct independent in-depth analysis of a chosen topic related to the public health sector. Act with initiative in decision making and assessing support within professional or given guidelines and accepting full accountability for outcomes.
  6. Critically analyse the evolving Public Health and healthcare sector, health policy, resource allocation and their influence on healthcare strategy, decisions and operations.
  7. Understand and critically apply International Research codes of Ethics by incorporating a critical ethical dimension to the practice managing the implications to ethical dilemmas.
  8. Develop appropriate study designs for epidemiological research and/or conduct appropriate empirical analysis using statistical data and software.
  9. Employ advanced and appropriate skills to conduct in-depth research. 

This Masters course has been developed jointly with the University of Westminster (London) and the respective modules within the course consist of:

  • Foundations of Epidemiology
  • Health Promotion & Behaviour Change Communication
  • Public Health and Nutrition
  • Statistics in Public Health
  • Health Economics & Systems
  • Financing & Managing Healthcare
  • Research Methods in Health
  • Dissertation

Detailed information on each module is available at the of the page.


Employment and Further Study Opportunities

Graduates of the course may become public health practitioners, epidemiologists, preventive medicine and behavioural change specialists, nutritionists in healthcare settings, researchers/scientists in academia or scientific institutions, statisticians in health organisations, staff at the Public Health departments’ district / regional / republican level and health managers. 

They may become faculty providing teaching modules in Public Health, Epidemiology, Statistics, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Research Methods and Health Economics.

They can also work as consultants, health educators, community health workers, health promotion or disease prevention programmes coordinators, in public health and healthcare policy making, or as managers in the public health and healthcare sector (in Uzbekistan or globally).

The course was also created for professionals who are planning to pursue further research career exploiting doctoral study, either Ph.D. or D.Sc. at other higher education institutions in Uzbekistan or internationally.

Entry Requirements

Education

An Undergraduate degree (or equivalent) from a recognised higher education institution with a minimum of a second lower class honours (2:2 or equivalent) in any subject area.

Applicants without a formal HE qualification or the formal qualification is not at the equivalent academic standard, may be considered if the following conditions apply:

  • They are or have been in employment where their employed role is in the area of the course and involves a high level of analysis and critical thinking. If so, such candidates will be required to provide evidence of such employment, its nature and level. This evidence will be considered at interview and the decision of the panel will be final.

Course Structure (Core Modules)

Introduction to Public Health

In this module, students will identify and examine the connections between the core areas of Public Health (e.g. Epidemiology, Global Public Health foundations, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Biostatistics, Health Policy and Politics, health care/ health systems management, and others) and the various ways that ethics, economics, and culture influence all of them. The module will also explore the codes of ethics in Public Health practice, international research ethics, the determinants of health for developing effective public health strategies and interventions.  This is a particularly important time to study Public Health, as the issues of global COVID-19 pandemic, economic and business challenges, ethics and culture are deeply embedded in our everyday lives, health care, research, policies and politics.

 

Specifically module covers:

  • Foundations of Public Health. Interaction and importance of Public Health core disciplines and impact on population health. Public Health Core competences.
  • Major Determinants of Health.
  • Principles of prevention and early intervention to improve health outcomes.
  • Conceptual framework of health improvement, health protection, health and healthcare services, system leadership.
  • Logic Model to solve a Public Health related problem.
  • Codes of Ethics. International Research Ethics, e.g. biomedical research.
  • Identify the ethical problems/issues which are important for the decision.
  • Be able to assess the factual information available for the decision making.
  • Articulate the values which are important and relevant to a Public Health problem.
  • “Stakeholders” and “the values of stake” in the decision in Public Health and Healthcare sector. Sources of power and authority in Public Health.
  • Public Health Policy and Politics. Health advocacy. Trade-offs between “collective good” and “individual rights”.
  • Humanitarian crisis: Pandemic COVID-19.