Education & Development Programmes

Here you will find a round-up of the academic, training and development programmes available to the region’s public health workforce.  You can apply a filter to make it easier to search for a programme or development opportunity you are interested in.  If you come across any programmes not listed here, and which you think would be good to have featured on the Network, please contact us.

For more information about any of the programmes, including confirmation of start dates, please contact the education provider.

MSc Environmental Health Professional Practice – UWE

Our MSc Environmental Health Professional Practice course has been developed for graduates of Chartered Institute of Environmental Health CIEH-accredited undergraduate and postgraduate Environmental Health courses who are looking to complete the requirements of the Portfolio of Professional Practice (PPP) for registration as an Environmental Health Practitioner (EHP).

Designed to incorporate the CIEH’s requirements for the Portfolio of Professional Practice, the course will provide students with practical opportunities to complete the interventions in the Food Safety, Health and Safety, Environmental Protection, Housing and Health and Public Health Fields.

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MSci Environmental Health and Practice – UWE/University Centre Weston

Become a qualified environmental health practitioner (EHP) on this four-year integrated master’s.

Environmental health practitioners (EHPs) can make a real difference to public health and wellbeing by helping us to manage our natural and built environments effectively.

There’s increasing demand for qualified EHPs in the public and private sectors, both in the UK and globally.

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MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate Environmental Health (Distance Learning) – UWE

The MSc Environmental Health Distance Learning programme has been designed specifically for those with an interest in developing an expertise in environmental health issues.

Aimed at graduates, or those looking to make a career change, who have a desire to acquire the professional skills associated with identifying, assessing, evaluating and controlling environmental factors that affect health.

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MSc/Postgraduate Diploma Environmental Health – UWE

This MSc Environmental Health course is designed specifically to enable health professionals to develop expertise in environmental health issues, and is aimed at graduates keen to acquire the professional skills associated with identifying, assessing, evaluating and controlling environmental factors that affect health. It educates and supports anyone pursuing public or private sector careers that promote and protect human health and welfare. Employability is excellent, thanks to strong links with and direct teaching input from employers across the South West.

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PgCert Healthcare Leadership and Management – University of Exeter

This Healthcare Leadership and Management programme has been specifically created to offer the time, space, and support you need to become a compassionate, inclusive and effective leader of the future.

It is suitable for all aspiring or established leaders in any health-related discipline which includes nurses, allied healthcare professionals, commissioners, managers and doctors of any speciality including training grades, GPs and consultants early in their leadership journey.

Throughout this programme we aim to:

  • Provide you with a safe ‘practitioner researcher’ led environment of learning for you to share your ideas, perspectives and current experiences in response to realistic scenarios.
  • Challenge you to consider offering solutions alone and in collaboration.
  • Support your development as a leader through engagement with both core and advanced concepts in leadership and change focussing on the delivery of healthcare at team and system level.
  • Enable you to analyse, synthesise, evaluate and reflect on the translation of research-based evidence into healthcare practice.
  • Provide opportunities for you to refine written and verbal communication skills through the examination of theory and its use in practice.
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Community-Centred Approaches to Health Improvement – Online

These two new e-learning modules are suitable for practitioners, managers and commissioners who want:

  • an update on evidence and guidance on community-centred approaches to health improvement;
  • to take a more strategic and planned approach to scaling-up community-centred approaches.

Communities matter for health. A community where people are well connected, are inclusive and respectful of all and are involved in local decision-making, are healthy communities. Improving population health and reducing health inequalities requires us to address these community factors and work with and alongside community members to improve the things that matter for their health.

The modules are based on our guide to community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing and support PHE’s growing programme of work on community-centred and asset-based approaches. Module 1 covers the evidence and theory on why and how communities matter for health and what approaches work. Module 2 involves practical exercises to apply the knowledge to practice and to help develop strategic and practical plans for taking community-centred approaches forward within local places and organisations.

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A History of Public Health in Post-War Britain – Online Course

History can offer us a unique insight into the public health problems, policies, and practices of the past, and is of critical importance to our understanding of healthcare in the contemporary world.

This online course will offer you an opportunity to bring the past into conversation with the present, enabling you to set the changing nature of public health in post-war Britain in context with changes seen today.

  • How the meaning and scope of public health has changed in Britain over the last 70 years
  • The nature of public health services and their shifting relationship to local government and the National Health Service
  • Individual responsibility for public health
  • How chronic disease became a key challenge for public health
  • The persistence of infectious disease and the appearance of new conditions like HIV/AIDS
  • Socioeconomic status and its impact on public health
  • Health education techniques, tactics and effectiveness
  • Attempts to use regulations to improve public health
  • The limits of public health, its successes and failures over time.


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