Health Studies (Family Health)
Healthcare delivery is changing rapidly to meet the needs of the client, family and communities, with an emphasis on integration within the health and social care services. This online MSc course in Health Studies (Family Health) focuses on the complexities of working with families in the community and the promotion of case management skills required to achieve excellence in care.
Applicants should normally possess a relevant health-related degree or equivalent.
Relevant previous academic credit and/or prior learning will also be considered.
Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent.
Applicants must have the English language and literacy skills as per University guidelines or Nursing and Midwifery guidelines* (IELTS score of 7 or above) for work-based modules. Skills and experience in information communication technology is also desirable.
The course recognises the increasing
development of community healthcare
delivery and addresses a gap in the
educational needs of practitioners currently
working within the diverse areas of health
and social care.
Building on family health practice
across Europe, the course takes a proactive
approach to the development of a highly
effective community workforce, examining
real opportunities to meet the challenges
of contemporary global healthcare within
practice. It also examines the global health
challenges of an increasingly ageing
population and the complexity that
multi-morbidity of non-communicable
disease presents, as well as exploring the
significant health challenges of smoking,
alcohol, widespread obesity and the
associated impact on health resources.
You will have the opportunity
to examine global, national and local
variations within both health and policy,
whilst appreciating the complexities of
healthcare systems and the impact of the
global economic climate on both provision
and sustainability of healthcare. It presents
a real opportunity for you to explore current
and alternative ways of working within family
health, whilst building on existing knowledge
and expertise through the development of
strategic critical thinking.
Core, option and independent study
modules reflect contemporary healthcare
issues relevant to health and social
The Postgraduate Certificate requires
students to complete 60 credits; two core
and one option module. Postgraduate Diploma
students must complete a further 60 credits;
two core and one option module. For the MSc
you will also complete a Research and Enquiry
Dissertation module (60 credits). To gain the
award of MSc Health Studies (Family Health)
students must complete 180 credits.
Postgraduate Certificate core modules include:
- Responding to Public Health Challenges
- Working with Families
Postgraduate Diploma core modules include:
- Case Management within Family Health
- Research for Health and Social Care
Option modules include:
- Health Economics
- Delivering Compassionate Care
- Independent Study in Health and Social Care
- Advanced Work-based Learning
- Leadership for Effectiveness
- The Business of Healthcare
- Quality Improvement in Healthcare
- Clinical Teaching
- Contemporary Issues in Maternal and Child Health
- Social Marketing
- Supporting Normality in Childbirth
Research and Enquiry dissertation –
normally one year to complete.
This qualification offers a variety of
career opportunities and destinations.
Upon graduation you could seek employment
in a range of health-related work areas such
as: community health and social care; health
improvement; public health; nursing and
midwifery; and practice development
and management within healthcare
and the third sector.