Public Health and Health Promotion

Robert Gordon University


This course encompasses both prevention and promotion, and recognises the importance of social determinants of health. It will support you to develop the skills required to address existing and emerging public health challenges locally, nationally and internationally. It will also provide you with a professional qualification that will develop your understanding of this complex field. You will strengthen, enhance and improve your career prospects, and be empowered to make a valuable contribution to improving health and wellbeing.

Stage 1:
You will be introduced to the underpinning principles and concepts of public health and health promotion in different settings, and examine the impact of health inequalities on population health, engage with the principles, methods and application of epidemiology and the planning and evaluation of public health programmes.

You can exit after Stage 1 with PgCert Public Health and Health Promotion.

Stage 2:
You will apply the principles from Stage 1 and examine global health challenges, explore approaches to address population health (including working with communities) and critically explore theories of behaviour change. You will apply leadership, partnership working and change management theory to the public health context and your own practice.

You can exit after Stage 2 with PgDip Public Health and Health Promotion.

Stage 3:
You will undertake a self-directed, supervised, research project relevant to public health and health promotion.

Our goal is to help you develop into a critical and reflective public health professional with strong problem solving skills and able to implement creative solutions.

There is a strong emphasis on student participation in all modules and a self-directed approach to learning is essential to achieve the aims of the course.

Entry Requirements

Degree/Honours degree in a relevant subject, such as health or sports and exercise science, plus one year's experience in a health-related industry or a professional qualification.

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry qualifications but have relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Full time

Course Length

12 months


School of Health Sciences

SCQF Level



Career Sectors


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Arboriculture and Horticulture

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Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services


Work with Animals