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Public Health Intelligence (MSc)

University of Southampton

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Southampton General Hospital

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About this course

Learn how to identify and manage public health issues by gathering, analysing and interpreting data. This specialist MSc Public Health Intelligence degree focuses on both academic and real-world learning. You’ll work in multi-disciplinary teams to gain the experience you need to take up health intelligence jobs in information management, data management and public health research.

This master's in public health intelligence will give you the skills for a career that makes a difference. Graduates of this course have gone on to work for the government and public bodies in both the UK and abroad, including Public Health England, local government, ministries of health, and universities.

The specialist public health intelligence areas you can explore include:

  • using geographical information systems in health analysis and health management
  • health economics for public health
  • advanced statistics

You can personalise this course to your interests through optional modules and your dissertation. In previous years students have looked at the spatial and temporal distribution of antenatal care services in Bangladesh and altitude and stroke in Ecuador.

You’ll be taught by specialists from our Population Health and Wellbeing research group. This group developed the census output and workplace zones for the 2011 UK Census and they co-direct the Economic and Social Research Council’s Administrative Data Research Centre for England.

Public health is an interdisciplinary profession, and this is reflected in your learning. Your lecturers are academics who are actively involved in research or are working in the sector. They’re experts from across the University, in Public Health Geography and Social Science.

We also offer 4 other pathways on our MSc Public Health Master's. If you decide that you’d like to change to a different public health specialism within the first 2 weeks of the semester you’ll be able to change your degree.


“The MSc Public Health equipped me with the skills I needed to successfully gain employment and flourish in roles with a local authority public health team.” Rachel Brown, MSc Public Health

This master’s degree is very applied. Learning reflects real-world multi-disciplinary teams and we assess you through practical tasks. This will prepare you well for health intelligence jobs across the sector.

Job roles could include:

  • information officer
  • public health data manager
  • public health intelligence analyst
  • intelligence manager

Previous graduates have gone on to work for the Medical Research Council, Public Health England, local government, universities and charities such as Action Against Hunger.

Some graduates go on to take a PhD and some are working for themselves as independent consultants or educators.

You’ll also gain transferable skills that will improve your employability in whichever career you choose, including:

  • how to conduct research projects
  • collaboration, negotiation and influencing skills
  • effective communication using a range of methods

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 20,693per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Southampton

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  • Campus address

    University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ, England

Southampton is proud of its inclusive global community and welcomes students from over 130 countries, including 6,800 EU and international students.
Southampton's Students' Union (SUSU) has over 40 cultural and international groups that help with social connections for international communities.
Specialist careers support and paid Year in Employment and internship opportunities prepare international students for their future.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    6th out of 57 1

    27th out of 35 4

  • Entry standards

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    173 78%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    94 94%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.24 85%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    181 75%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    100 100%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.74 75%



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