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Pathways to the public health workplace


In this module, you'll have the opportunity to gain work experience in the Public Health environment, either in a local or international setting. You'll be able to enhance your understanding of PH career pathways and PH policy, as well as developing your employability skills and project management skills within a work-based environment.

If you're successful in the module application and interview process, you'll be offered a placement in an organisation with a health and wellbeing role, working on an a real world, organisation-directed project over a flexible 12-week period. You'll spend approximately one day per week working with the organisation and this can be spent on or off-site or in combination, depending on your circumstances. As well as receiving academic credit for your time spent with the organisation, you'll enhance your employability and receive valuable feedback on your performance in the workplace.

You'll keep a reflective journal throughout your placement, before producing a 3,000-word final report and giving an oral presentation on your experience, reflecting on the process and the skills and experience gained.

Key Facts

Contact: Melissa Parkes / Cheryl Grantham / Nicky Tiwana

Module Lead: Professor Debbi Marais

Duration:12 weeks (part time), to include:

90 hours of work based learning (1 day (7.5 hours)/week)
95 hours of self-directed learning

9 hours of tutorials
6 hours of project supervision

Credits: 20

Module Code: MD90A

How to apply


Funding Opportunities

Module objectives

During the module you should:

  • gain the opportunity to apply your postgraduate learning to a workplace environment with the new experiences and challenges that brings.
  • develop new skills and reinforce previously acquired knowledge
  • build, maintain and end working relationships and appreciate their importance in successful project management
  • experience workplace practice
  • reflect on the integration of university and workplace and apply the new learning in the remainder of the MPH course and professional life.


  • 3,000 word project report (60%)
  • 10 min oral presentation (40%)

Case studies

Public Health graduates Logan Ryan and Mehreen Afzal tell us about the projects they completed for this module and how they feel the module benefited them:

Public Health student Kimberly Badoe tells us about her placement project, what she has enjoyed about the experience and some of the skills she has developed throughout the project: