MRes Public Health (Web-based Learning) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

Our MRes Public Health course is an innovative distance learning research degree that meets the need of researchers in all public health settings, from local authorities to non-governmental organisations in both the UK and worldwide.

The course provides an introduction to research development, mainly for those currently in the healthcare workforce who wish to become researchers or pursue a research pathway within their profession.

You will learn through a combination of coursework and research training, with the modular nature enabling you to design the taught component around your own training needs. The teaching and supervising staff are international experts in public health, primary care and related disciplines.

After completing the taught component, you will be supported in carrying out your own research project or a full systematic review.

We offer two MRes courses, one in Public Health and one in Primary Care. Distinction between the two is based on the course units and research topics you choose.

Our course is ideal for Academic Clinical Fellows (ACFs) who wish to gain research experience in the field of primary care and public health.

Special features

Expert teaching

You will be taught by professionals working in the field of local, national and international public health. There is an emphasis on applying your learning to real life public health issues.

Flexible learning

All of the course content is delivered online, enabling you to fit study around other commitments. A three-day residential induction is held in Manchester at the start of the course, but attendance is not compulsory. There are both fully online and blended options where face-to-face sessions are planned.

Learn with students from around the world

You will be able to mix with students from a range of disciplines from all over the world. We have over 1,500 alumni from more than 80 countries.

Additional course information

We run induction sessions for all new students starting our Public Health and Primary Care courses.

Residential induction

A three-day residential course is held at the University at the beginning of the academic year.

The course is designed to introduce you to the content and technology used throughout the programmes. It is also an opportunity for you to meet academic, e-learning and support staff.

You are encouraged to attend the residential course and many students find it very beneficial.

However, due to the international nature of our programmes, attendance is not compulsory.

 The residential course includes:

  • an introduction to the core units
  • an opportunity to meet tutors, e-learning support staff and administrators
  • an introduction to the online learning environment
  • an introduction to the library and e-resources at Manchester
  • an opportunity to present your work and hear about work undertaken by other students

You will be required to provide your own transport and accommodation for the residential course.

Confirmation of attendance on the residential induction will be sought once you have applied for the course.

Online induction

We offer an online induction unit for all students. This is ideal if you cannot attend the residential, as it covers the basic information that you will need to get started on the online programme .

Teaching and learning

Coursework and assessment

You will use a number of assessed and non-assessed activities to develop key skills and expand your knowledge base. There are no written exams; assessment is based on assignments and other activities such as moderated discussion boards and group work.

Course unit details

This course has one core unit that you must complete: Evidence Based Practice.

You are then able to select your remaining five units from a pool of more than 20 optional units, including some blended learning and face-to-face study options.

After completing all of the taught units, you will progress to your dissertation project.

You will be able to choose from a number of dissertation models designed to cater for different work situations and interests.

We advise you to informally contact the dissertation tutor early on in your course to discuss research ideas and plans. Following these discussions, you will then submit a proposal. If this is approved, you will be assigned a supervisor from the University.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Evidence Based Practice POPH60041 15 Mandatory
Evidence Synthesis: Systematic Reviews DENT68001 15 Optional
Guideline Development and Implementation DENT68012 15 Optional
Oral Health & Disease in Populations DENT76061 15 Optional
Implementing Strategy in Dental Services DENT76072 15 Optional
Emergency Humanitarian Assistance HCRI62212 15 Optional
Health Promotion Theory & Methods POPH60021 15 Optional
Engaging the Hard to Reach for Health Gain POPH60062 15 Optional
Working with Communities POPH60072 15 Optional
Health Economics POPH60091 15 Optional
Health Economics POPH60092 15 Optional
Applied Epidemiology POPH60112 15 Optional
Practical Statistics for Population Health (formerly Biostatistics) POPH60982 15 Optional
Fundamentals of Epidemiology POPH60991 15 Optional
Communicable Disease Control POPH62051 15 Optional
Health Systems Challenges in Low and Middle Income Countries POPH62212 15 Optional
Global Health into the 21st Century POPH62311 15 Optional
Global Women's Public Health POPH62411 15 Optional
Primary Health Care POPH63111 15 Optional
Qualitative Research Methods POPH63121 15 Optional
Emergency Planning, Response & Resilience POPH64132 15 Optional
Implementation Sciences POPH64551 15 Optional
Health Services Management POPH64662 15 Optional
Intercultural Public Health POPH64772 15 Optional
Arts and Public Health POPH65011 15 Optional
Digital Public Health POPH65022 15 Optional
Climate Change and Health POPH65042 15 Optional
Introduction to Health Policy POPH65052 15 Optional
Infection Prevention & Control POPH65552 15 Optional
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What our students say

This course shares some units with our Master of Public Health (MPH) course. See what our Student Ambassadors have to say  about our MPH course .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

CPD opportunities

We offer a number of our units as standalone credited CPD courses through our Personal Professional Development programme in public health and primary care.

We also run monthly public health journal clubs, the annual Festival of Public Health , an International Summer School , CPD events and our free Open-access courses.