The Health Promotion and Management MA is one pathway from our suite of four related health promotion masters courses (Health Promotion, Health Promotion and Education, International Health Promotion) which share core modules.
International students tend to take the courses full-time. Many UK-based students study part-time and continue to work and take time off for study leave.
The course term usually starts in October, with the Foundations of Health Promotion module. Students following the management pathway choose to expand their capacity to work at a managerial level in health promotion, taking three management modules from university's School of Health Sciences postgraduate education programme, with fewer health-related modules.
After completing a research methods module, you will research and write a dissertation on an aspect of health promotion of your choice. The dissertation consists of a literature review, small-scale prime research or a work-based learning project. You will be supported through your dissertation via monthly optional discussion groups in addition to formal dissertation supervision. If you are working, the dissertation provides an opportunity to conduct a work-based learning project (if you wish), for example evaluating or developing a particular aspect of your organisation's work from a health promotion perspective.
The multidisciplinary and international student mix provides a lively and stimulating classroom experience with plenty of interactive learning and sharing of experience.
Academic contributors include local public health and health promotion practitioners, international health promotion academics and researchers and staff from the university's School of Health Sciences, Institute of Postgraduate Medicine (IPGM), Centre for Learning and Teaching, and Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS). The course also benefits from educational exchanges with health promotion specialists at the University of Toronto and Hong Kong University.
You will experience formal teaching alongside a series of extracurricular seminars both within the school and through the Global Health Network which operates across University of Brighton, Brighton and Sussex Medical School and University of Sussex.
School of Health Sciences postgraduate education
This course is part of our School of Health Sciences postgraduate education programme. The programme allows you to sign up for one module at a time and build your qualification as you go. It also gives you access to a range of interdisciplinary modules across a broad selection of health and social science subjects. Find out more
Areas of study
You are encouraged to reflect on and evaluate your own values and practices, and supported to better understand health promotion processes and public health policy, and their relationship with underlying themes of social and health inequalities.
During the course we will expect you to question, innovate, evaluate, advocate, experiment and put into play your critical and problem-solving skills within the supportive student environment.
We begin by exploring the interface between health promotion and the new public health, considering topics such as health inequalities, ethics, evidence-based practice, behaviour change communication and salutogenesis, and the application of health promotion theory to practice.
We draw on the unique background and experience of each student, challenging you to consider how what we discuss in the classroom is relevant to your particular area of work or interest.
A wide range of management modules are available, so you can choose modules designed specifically to work with UK public sector management, or more generic and universally applicable modules such as those from the Business School.
Modules on Global Health Promotion and/or Community, Culture and Wellbeing develop these themes in more depth, in preparation for the Health Promotion Practice module which involves problem-based learning. Each module assessment gives you the chance to apply the formal learning to particular topics that interest you, for example prevention of HIV, obesity, diabetes Type 2, smoking cessation, and mental health.
We take the broadest definitions of public health, so that our discourse on policy explores subjects such as climate change and health, international trade, UN organisations, and conflicts of interest. We ask you to think local-to-global, and back again.
Throughout the course special emphasis is given to transferable skills such as critical analysis, information processing, communication, leadership, teambuilding and collaborative work. You will explore the effectiveness of interventions, and how we frame judgements on what works.
You need to earn a total of 180 credits for the masters award, comprising six 20-credit taught modules and a 60-credit dissertation. Twenty-credit modules have approximately 30 hours classroom-based lecturer contact or group work and we expect this to be backed up by approximately 170 hours of individual study and work on assignments.
Foundations of Health Promotion
- Health Promotion Practice
A research methods module from the School of Health Sciences postgraduate education programme
- three management options chosen from the School of Health Sciences postgraduate education programme.
The course leader can advise you about which modules would be suitable based on your background, experience and interests.
Typically, students take:
- Managing in the Public and Voluntary Sector
- Social Marketing
- Leading and Transforming Health Service
- Leadership for Health and Social Care Professionals
- Managing Finance in the Public Sector
- Managing People in the Public Sector
- Managing Change.
Clinical Skills and Simulation Suite
Our state-of-the-art Clinical Skills and Simulation Suite is among the best equipped in the country, and proves to be an invaluable tool for assessment and monitoring students' progress throughout the course.
You will benefit from practising a range of nursing skills in an environment that simulates real-life professional experiences. Provided by the NHS’ South East Coast Ambulance Service, you may have access to our Simbulance, enabling you to work alongside paramedic students in an interprofessional learning environment. On board is a high fidelity manikin with multiple uses, and a child-size manikin for paediatric scenarios.
Learning by simulation means you will be confident in your ability to apply your knowledge and skills in your day-to-day professional life.
The School of Health Sciences offers an opportunity to add a European dimension to your learning and development within the context of nursing or midwifery through our international work-based learning module.
If you have a particular clinical interest, for example public health nursing, and are interested in how this is delivered and practised in Scandinavia we can arrange for you to access a placement area with one of our partners in Sweden or Denmark. We can also help structure your experience through establishing focused learning outcomes and detailed preparation.
Our courses are vibrant and many of our academic staff have international health and education experience. Some are members of groups such as Sigma Theta Tau and the Florence Nightingale Scholars.
Contact the admissions team for more information about studying abroad at firstname.lastname@example.org.