The Master of Public Health (MPH) aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to public health for students who intend to pursue careers in public health practice, management and/or research at local, national and/or supranational levels. It offers cutting-edge knowledge and skills base in the principles and methods of public health and a creative and supportive learning environment. The programme has special focus on the development of quantitative analytical skills for public health, epidemiology and health services research.

The programme is an intensive full-time programme requiring active study for a full 12 months. Students are expected to attend ALL timetabled sessions and any additional practical classes, tutorials and group-work meetings. The attendance requirement is full-time i.e. usual working hours from Monday - Friday for the taught components and for the research project.

The full detail on the programme is captured in the MPH Programme Specification 2017/18 (PDF) and the MPH Structure Diagram 2017/18 (PDF)‌.

You can also read more about the modules in the programme in the MPH Module Outlines 2017/18 (PDF)‌.

Term 1

The focus of term one is on core analytical skills applied in public health and epidemiology, as well as foundational sessions addressing the key principles and approaches of public health.

Term one comprises of four core modules, as follows:

• Introduction to Statistical Thinking and Data Analysis;
• Principles and Methods of Epidemiology;
• Disease Masterclass;
• Foundations of Public Health Practice.

Term 2 (Stream Choices)

For term two, students are offered a choice of two streams. The choice of either stream should be indicated as part of the application for the programme.

They may pursue the MPH by following either the:

• ‘Health Services and Systems’ stream (HSS);


• ‘Global Health’ stream (GH)

The two streams are differentiated by two different core modules in the second term. These modules are:

• Quality Improvement in Healthcare (HSS Stream);
• Population Health Improvement (HSS Stream);


• Global Health Challenges and Governance (GH Stream);
• Global Health Innovations (GH Stream)

The Health Services and Systems stream focuses on the theory and practice of population health and health service improvement initiatives.

On the other hand, the Global Health stream is orientated towards training students for a Global Health career. The stream seeks to expand students’ understanding of the manifestations of health challenges within the context of low and middle income settings, as well as the supranational structures and processes involved in tackling these challenges

Students in both streams undertake a further core module in ‘Health Economics’ in the second term, which is delivered by Imperial College Business School.

Term 2 (Other optional modules)

The second term also features a suit of optional modules that are designed to cater for different interests from students within the broad field of study, spanning topics listed below.

Optional/elective modules:

In addition to taking the two required core modules specific to each stream and the core module in ‘Health Economics’ at Imperial College Business School (common to both streams), term two allows students to choose two optional/elective modules.

The optional/elective modules are subject to change each year but currently include:

• Anthropology in Public Health
• Contemporary Topics in International Health Policy (taught by Imperial College Business School)
• Health Systems, Policy and Financing (taught by Imperial College Business School)
• Research Methods
• Exposure Assessment
• eHealth
• Health Systems Development

Term 3

From approximately May until September (4 months), the research project will be carried out.

The titles of the research projects are offered by prospective supervisors each year and are made available before the start of term two for students to consider and select suitable topics. Students may be able to initiate and propose their own research projects, subject to internal academic approval, availability of appropriate supervision and ethical approval requirements.

Examples of projects from previous years include:

• Barriers and enablers for male involvement in enhancing maternal health outcomes;
• A systematic review of the literature on factors related to hospital outcomes by day of admission or day of procedure;
• Systematic review and meta-analysis of circulating vitamin D in critically ill adult and
paediatric patients;
• Exploring the Spread of Successful Improvement Projects;
• Patients’ satisfaction with health care received in three Sub-Saharan African countries;
• Infectious disease risk assessment under a changing climate: phenological environmental suitability modelling for invertebrate disease vectors.

On completion of the project, a written dissertation will be produced and submitted for an examination followed by a viva in September with an internal and external examiner.

Programme Developments for 2017/18

For 2017/18, we are introducing some new features and enhancements to the Master of Public Health programme. The information on these webpages reflects the content and structure of the programme for 2017/18.

If you wish to read more about the changes for 2017/18 they are captured in the Master of Public Health Development Overview 2017/18 (PDF).

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