PgCert Public Health (Online)

Why choose Herts?

  • Online delivery: you’ll experience a highly flexible approach to learning through online delivery which is tailored to suit your needs
  • Dedicated support: throughout your learning journey, you’ll be supported by a team of dedicated academics to ensure you get the most out of your degree
  • Academic expertise: you’ll benefit from access to researchers at the forefront of their fields enabling you to develop a solid foundation of knowledge to build upon

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

About the course

The Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health will equip you with the skills and knowledge on that impact on population health and healthcare systems, including environmental health, disease prevention, health economics, global health, ethics, and behavioural and cultural issues.

The course provides flexible, sustainable and student-cantered solutions to professional and academic development in public health, grounded in research and practice informed by biomedical, social and management science.

Whether you’re pursuing a career in this field, or a practitioner looking to enhance and develop your career further, you’ll experience a supportive online learning environment tailored to your needs.

Why choose this course?

You’ll benefit from a highly flexible approach to learning through online delivery and both part-time and full-time options.

Throughout the course, you’ll be provided with excellent support and online resources to ensure you get the most out of your learning journey. You’ll have a dedicated personal tutor who will provide academic and pastoral support, as well as a programme lead to help you navigate through the course structure.

You’ll also be able to access support from highly experienced academics who are experts in their fields ensuring you are up to date with the latest knowledge and developments. Upon completion of the course, you’ll be equipped with a contemporary and research-informed foundation of knowledge for you to build on. You’ll even have the opportunity to publish your research, as previous students have published articles in peer review journals.

What will I study?

The course is delivered entirely online through live webinars, scheduled online activities as well as online directed independent study. You’ll be assessed through a variety of methods, including:

  • written essays
  • viva
  • poster presentations
  • groupwork
  • a reflective portfolio
  • MCQs


All online delivery and learning materials are hosted on Canvas – the University of Hertfordshire’s dedicated system for education delivery.

Throughout the course you’ll receive a wealth of support. You’ll receive a thorough induction and orientation to the programme and the University, as well as access to an interactive academic skills workshop to give you the skills you need to succeed through online learning. If you’re an international student you’ll also be provided with additional English support.

Academic and pastoral support is provided by your own personal tutor, as well as the programme lead. You’ll also receive dedicated technology support through the Learning and Teaching Centre, an E-Learning Technologist and the online distance learning Admissions team.

  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Communicable and Non-Communicable Conditions 30 Credits Optional
    Evidence Based Practice 30 Credits Optional
    Public Health Foundations 30 Credits Optional
  • Key staff

    Dr Ahmed Razavi
    Public Health Consultant-Epidemiologist, Visiting Lecturer

    Mrs Janet Migliozzi
    Senior Lecturer

    Dr Marvelle Brown
    Programme Lead

    Dr Nadeem Hasan
    Public Health Consultant-Epidemiologist, Visiting Lecturer

    Dr Yasmin Khatib
    Senior Lecturer

    Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    PgCert Public Health (Online) Download
    Programme specifications
    PgCert Public Health (Online) Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year

    n/a

    Applications open to international and EU students

    No

    Student experience

    At the University of Hertfordshire, we want to make sure your time studying with us is as stress-free and rewarding as possible. We offer a range of support services including; student wellbeing, academic support, accommodation and childcare to ensure that you make the most of your time at Herts and can focus on studying and having fun.

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