Objectives & career options

General objectives

The aim of the Master’s degree in Public Health is to train professionals, within a multidisciplinary framework, and prepare them to solve Public Health problems in different action areas. The degree will facilitate both professional development as well as the introduction to research tasks. Students are expected to:

  • Understand, interpret, analyse and explain the phenomena of health and community welfare in modern societies.
  • Be able to address health problems and their determinants from a population perspective.
  • Acquire training and skills to develop programmes, as well as prevention and promotion activities through collective action, and the provision of services that protect and promote health.
  • Incorporate knowledge and experience in the field of public health research.
  • Develop attitudes and skills that enable students to work in multidisciplinary teams.

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Structure 

 

Structure of the Master’s Degree: credits and subject groups

 

Type of subject

Credits

Compulsory (OB)

30

Optional (OP)

18

Master’s final project (MFP)

12

TOTAL CREDITS

60

 

 

Distribution of subjects by module

FIRST SEMESTER 30 ECTS

SECOND SEMESTER 30 ECTS

ASIGNATURA

TYPE

ECTS

ASIGNATURA

TYPE

ECTS

PRINCIPLES OF OF PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY AND SYSTEMS

OB

6

OPTIONAL SUBJECTS

 

OP

 

18

STATISTICS APPLIED TO THE HEALTH

OB

6

THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL EPIDEMOLOGY

OB

6

GENERAL PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIONS

OB

6

PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH

OB

6

MASTER’S DEGREE FINAL PROJECT

TFM

12

 

Optional Subjects

OPTIONAL SUBJECTS

ECTS

SERIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS AND SPECIFIC  HEALTH INTERVENTIONS

6

ADVANCED EPIDEMIOLOGICAL  METHODS

6

ADVANCED STATISTICAL METHODS IN PUBLIC HEALTH

6

EFFECTIVENESS AND EFFICIENCY OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTHCARE SERVICES

6

SOCIAL SCIENCE AND PUBLIC HEALTH

6

SOCIAL DETERMINANTS IN PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE

6

*DEPARTMENTAL SEMINARS AND WORK EXPERIENCE IN PUBLIC HEALTH CENTRES

6

*Recommended optional subject for all students 

 

General course programme

The joint Public Health Master's Degree programme is divided into two Subject Area Modules and a Master’s Degree Final Project (please see attached table). The first MODULE OF COMPULSORY SUBJECTS amounts to 30 ECTS, and is composed of five subjects. The second MODULE OF OPTIONAL SUBJECTS amounts to 18 ECTS credits, and the MASTER’S DEGREE FINAL PROJECT amounts to 12 ECTS credits.

Each subject amounts to 6 ECTS. Students must successfully complete the 5 compulsory subjects (30 ECTS), 3 of the optional subjects amounting to 18 ECTS credits, and their Master’s Degree Final Project to meet the requirement of successful completion of 60 credits for the Master’s Degree.

 

COMPULSORY SUBJECT MODULE

 

Subjects  

ECTS

1

PRINCIPLES AND ORGANISATION OF PUBLIC HEALTH

6

2

STATISTICS APPLIED TO HEALTH

6

3

THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL EPIDEMIOLOGY

6

4

GENERAL PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIONS

6

5

PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH

6

OPTIONAL SUBJECT MODULE

 

Subjects

ECTS

6

SERIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS AND SPECIFIC PUBLIC HEALTH INTERVENTIONS

6

7

ADVANCED EPIDEMIOLOGY  METHODS

6

8

ADVANCED STATISTICAL METHODS IN PUBLIC HEATLH

6

9

EFFECTIVENESS AND EFFICIENCY OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTHCARE SERVICES

6

10

SOCIAL SCIENCES AND PUBLIC HEALTH

6

11

SOCIAL DETERMINANTS IN PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE

6

12

* DEPARTMENTAL SEMINARS AND WORK EXPERIENCE IN PUBLIC HEALTH CENTRES

6

 

MASTER’S DEGREE FINAL PROJECT

12

 

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Distinctive Features

 

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Resources and Facilities

 

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Further Education

After completing an official Master's degree, students can take a PhD degree or third-cycle university studies, related to the Master's degree they have completed or to related areas. A list with all PhD degrees offered by the University of Alicante at:

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Career Opportunities

Focus

Research and professional.

Specialization and professional profile

It entitles access to the Public Health Doctoral Program.

This program is not a requirement for practicing a profession; however, it does prepare for a wide range of career opportunities related mainly to the health sciences (medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, nutrition, food science and technology, podiatry, labor relations, occupational therapy, statistics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, engineering, law, educational sciences, teaching, and journalism). Moreover, the program enables and facilitates the integration of professionals into groups interested in researching the health sciences, an activity that requires thorough training in epidemiology and public health.

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Scholarships and Funding

 

Information on existing scholarships and grants to study university degrees is available here:

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University Life

Further information on our campus and the activities and resources available, organised by or related to the UA:

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