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Master of Public Health

Masters in Public Health (MPH)

Cutting-edge knowledge and skills base for both non-medical and medically qualified students

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Master of Public Health

This programme provides a comprehensive introduction to public health for students intending to practice in public health or related fields. It offers a cutting-edge knowledge and skills base for both non-medical and medically qualified students. See programme information for further information.

Entry requirements

Candidates will normally be expected to hold a good first degree in a science subject (at least an upper second) or a medical degree from a UK university or an equivalent qualification if obtained outside the UK. Suitable candidates are likely to be those with a background in medicine, health sciences, biological sciences, and/or environmental sciences. See entry requirements for further information.

Is this programme for you?

It is particularly suited to students who wish to pursue a career in public health research or public health management based on quantitative analytical skills.

The course has two streams, the General MPH and the Global Health stream, as well as optional modules, allowing students to tailor their studies to their interests.  MPH Knowledge based competencies

Career prospects

In public health, the focus is on populations and communities rather than individual patients. There are a number of career options in research, public or government services or voluntary organisations and non-governmental organisations. Starting from a common core, students may develop into roles ranging from public health analysts, health services researchers, communicable disease control consultants, environmental epidemiologists, health policy advisors or directors of public health.

Key benefits

Master of Public Health graduates are able to:

  • Design, analyse, interpret and evaluate epidemiological and biomedical research.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the essential principles of modern biostatistical methods.
  • Apply current research methods in key areas of chronic disease epidemiology, infectious disease epidemiology, and environmental exposure.
  • Demonstrate skills in health information analysis, report writing and communication.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of health systems, policy and financing and key global health issues.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and skills in, needs assessment, health equity audit, health impact assessment, health care evaluation, changing health behaviour, health intervention planning and health economics.

Global Health Stream was introduced in 2013. Students who follow this stream have more dedicated time to understand the health, economic, political, social and biomedical challenges and innovations associated with poor health that can affect people based anywhere in the world.