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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

PGCert Public Health (International)

Programme code:PGC-PH/IUCAS code:
Duration:4 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Maryam Ba-Break Contact

Total credits: 60

Entry requirements:

Academic requirements:
Either: Candidates should be medical graduates or health professionals with at least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant related subject (for example, allied health field) plus at least 2 years working experience in public health or personal health services;
Or: exceptionally a professional diploma in a health related discipline with 4 years relevant experience in public health.
English language requirements:
Candidates whose first language is not English or who have not been educated previously in English will need to attain ONE of the following:
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System) an overall band of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component skill
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) of 92 with no less than 21 in listening, 21 in reading, 23 in speaking and 22 in writing.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Medicine, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Medicine Postgraduate Programmes Assessment Board

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

There are no QAA subject benchmarks specific to a postgraduate programme in public health international against which the programme can be assessed. However, there are several statements about competencies in public health set out by different documents from high income countries and one international organisation (PAHO/WHO) which can serve as a guidance for this programme:
Pan American Health Organization. Core Competencies for Public Health: A Regional Framework for the Americas. Edition translated and adapted. Washington, DC: PAHO, 2013. Available online at:
Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence. NSW Public Health Training Program Competency Framework. Sydney: NSW Ministry of Health, 2014. Available online at:
Public Health Agency of Canada. Core Competencies for Public Health in Canada: Release 1.0. Ottawa: Public Health Agency of Canada. 2007. Available online
Public Health Resource Unit. Public Health Skills and Career Framework Multidisciplinary/multi-agency/multi-professional. 2008 (updated March 2009). NHS Health Education England. Available online at:
UK Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework 2013. NHS Health Education England. Available online at:
Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice. Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Revised and Adopted by the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice: June 26, 2014). Washington, DC: Public Health Foundation (PHF), 2014 Available online at:
Zwanikken PAC, Alexander L, Huong NT, Qian X, Valladares LM, Mohamed NA, Ying XH, Gonzalez-Robledo MC, Cuu LL, Abuzaid Wadidi MSA, Neupane S, Tahir N, Scherpbier A. Validation of public health competencies and impact variables for low-and middle-income countries. BMC Public Health. 2014; 14(1), 55.
Frenk J, Chen L, BhuttaZA, Cohen J, Crisp N, Evans T, et al. Health professionals for a new century: transforming education to strengthen health systems in an interdependent world. Lancet. 2010; 376: 1923-58.

Programme specification:

The joint programme at Leeds is one of several programmes in the UK with a focus on public health in an international context. The major selling points of the programme are:
• the exposure to public health experience in the UK
• two distinct streams with a focus either on public health intervention and services or health policy and systems.
• the opportunity to study in a multidisciplinary environment where learning and teaching is shared with other NCIHD postgraduate students
• the accessibility of and support by academic staff for our students
• the diverse and relevant range of option modules including the Geneva study tour
The city of Leeds is a premier student destination because of its multi-culture, variety of student accommodation that are near the university campus, supportive learning environment, and low cost of living compared to that of London. The NCIHD and the University of Leeds are brands that attract students as does the active alumni network and the strong international working background of our academics.
The option of doing the programme with a module based on primary data collection over a period of 18 months instead of the 12 month durations of most similar programmes in the UK and other European countries will be another unique selling point.

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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

All students have a choice between Stream A and Stream B. The programme structure for each Stream is show below.

All students who are studying Stream A are required to take the following modules:

NUFF5645MIntroduction to Global and Public Health30 credits1 Sep to 30 Nov
NUFF5675MPrinciples of Public Health30 credits1 Nov to 31 Jan

All students who are studying Stream B are required to take the following modules:

NUFF5645MIntroduction to Global and Public Health30 credits1 Sep to 30 Nov
NUFF5655MPrinciples of Health Management, Planning and Policy30 credits1 Nov to 31 Jan

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:34:44


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