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Do I need a medical background to work in public health?

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    I've been looking into doing a masters in public health as I am a politics graduate with an interest in working in the health sector mainly to do with policy. The modules on a MPH look really interesting and down my street, however when I've been looking they seem to be geared towards those working in the healthcare sector already, yet I don't know why? The masters itself doesn't look inherently scientific and it seems like my politics background would be well suited. I've found a few that don't mention healthcare experience as a necessity but I wondered if anyone can shed some light on this? I don't know if I am misunderstanding what the sector entails.
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    Have you thought of contacting the universities you're applying to and asking specifically if they prefer a health background for their masters course? If they accept you, then surely you don't need a certain background - but it's worth clarifying that before you go to all the trouble of applying.
 
 
 
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