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Public Health (Health Technology Assessment) MPH/Diploma/Certificate

Course Level:

Postgraduate, Taught




CODE P1168

How long it takes:

Full time, part time, flexible

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$22,500

Entry requirements

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Newcastle Law School

Core modules

Introduction to Public Health (not assessed)
Epidemiology Statistics and Research Methods (20 credits)
Practical Epidemiology and Statistics* (20 credits)
Health Information and Health Informatics* (10 credits)
Principles of Health Technology Assessment* (10 credits) 
Health Economics* (10 credits)
Systematic Reviews and Evidence Synthesis* (20 credits)

Option Modules (Tier 2)

You will choose 20 credits from the from the modules below:

Introduction to Leadership and Management in Health* (10 credits)
Health Care Evaluation and Commissioning* (10 credits)
Health Protection 1* (10 credits)
Sociology and Social Policy* (10 credits)
Health Promotion (MPH)* (10 credits)
Global Health* (10 credits)

Option Modules (Tier 3)

You will choose 20 credits from the modules below.

Qualitative Research Methods* (20 credits)
Advanced Statistical Methods* (20 credits)
Clinical Trials (MPH)* (20 credits)
Further Global Health* (20 credits)

You will carry out a systematic review for your dissertation (60 credits)

Postgraduate Diploma

You will take the taught modules as per the MPH choices but will not need to complete the dissertation.

Postgraduate Certificate

You will take the following modules and will not need to complete a dissertation.

Epidemiology Statistics and Research Methods (20 credits)
Principles of Health Technology Assessment* (10 credits) 
Health Economics* (10 credits)
Systematic Reviews and Evidence Synthesis* (20 credits)

Considering postgraduate study, but unsure whether you meet the entry requirements for a Masters-level degree? Postgraduate admissions guidelines vary by course and university, but can be quite flexible.

Your existing qualifications will be important, but you don’t necessarily need a great Bachelors degree to apply for a Masters. Your personal circumstances and experience may also be considered during the admissions process.

This guide explains the typical entry requirements for a Masters, which include:

      • An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject – Depending on the programme and institution, you may need a 2.1 in your Bachelors, but this isn’t always the case
      • Language proficiency – If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to display a certain ability level, usually through a language test
      • Professional experience – Some postgraduate programmes may require you to have some professional experience (this is usually the case for PGCEs and Masters in Social Work)
      • Entrance exams – These are only required in certain subject areas and qualifications, including some MBAs

Tuition fees for UK/EU students 2020/21

MSc:  Full-time £9,900. Part-time £4,950
Postgraduate Diploma:  Full-time £6,660. Part-time £3,300


Tuition fees for International students 2020/21

MSc: Full time £23,310
Postgraduate Diploma: Full-time £15,540


You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

What are our students doing now?

So you can get an idea of what some of our students have to say about the programmes we have been in touch with them and compiled some of their comments into student profiles for you to have a look at:

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Aliki Taylor



Information for employers

There are a number of potential benefits to employers: 

  • Evidence-based healthcare is a new and rapidly growing area. It is likely that all employers in the health care sector will require their staff to be knowledgeable in this area in the coming years
  • This course equips students to understand the work of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) which is having a major impact on the NHS in the UK.
  • Similar health care decision-making bodies are being set up in numerous other countries around the world and the impact on purchasing decisions is considerable. Students will be equipped with the tools and abilities to be able to interact successfully with these decision-making bodies.
  • The course includes studying cost-effectiveness so it is likely that the students could apply their knowledge within the employment context
  • This is a well regarded course both with the HTA community and wider and is one of only a few such courses in the world.
  • Teachers of this course are actively involved in HTA nationally and internationally. Many undertake HTAs for leading organisations such as the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and other national decision making bodies.


Careers Support for Postgraduate Students

Careers Network – We can help you get ahead in the job market and develop your career

We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge. Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market. The Careers Network also have subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each College so you can be assured the information you receive will be relevant to your subject area.