The School of Public Health’s mission statement is to strengthen, influence and train the next generation of public health leaders. As part of this mission, we offer the Master of Public Health in different ways, to provide a comprehensive grounding and a deep understanding of the fundamentals of public health to a professional audience seeking to advance their careers in public health.

Our Master of Public Health programmes offer students:

  • a special focus on the development of quantitative analytical skills for public health, epidemiology and health services research.
  • a variety of core areas of public health and choice to focus on different and global public health systems, interventions, methods and innovative and developmental areas within public health.

A Master of Public Health can be undertaken with us:

As a full-time/one year programme taught on-campus. Within this programme a core first term of teaching is undertaken, followed by a choice to specialise in a ‘stream’. 

  • ‘Health Services and System’ stream. The Health Services and Systems stream focuses on the theory and practice of population health and health service improvement initiatives. 
  • ‘Global Health’ stream. 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.

As a part-time/two-year programme taught fully online.

Regardless of your programme choice, both aim to provide a comprehensive grounding and a deep understanding of the fundamentals of public health to a professional audience seeking to advance their careers in public health.

During both programmes, students will be part of a diverse and collaborative learning environment.

 Master of Public Health
Full-time
Global Master of Public Health
Part-time (online)
Final degree awarded  Master of Public Health  Master of Public Health
Period of study  12 months  24 months (2 years) 
Mode of study  Taught and on-campus  Fully online
Term length  10 weeks  16 weeks
Start date (2019/20)

 Monday 30 September 2019
 (Induction week)
 Monday 7 October 2019
 (Teaching starts)

 Monday 23 September 2019
 (Onboarding week)
 Monday 30 September 2019
 (Teaching starts)

Total credits  90  90
Credits per term  30  15
Streams available  Health Services and Systems
 or
 Global Health
 None
Total modules or  specialisations  10 modules (per stream)  20 specialisations
Core modules or specialisations  8 (per stream)  12 specialisations
Elective modules or specialisations  7 modules  8 specialisations
Assessment types
  •  - Written examinations (up to 1 hour)
  •  - Essays, reports and paper reviews (range from 500-4000 words)
  •  - Multiple choice quizzes and online quizzes (computer based)
  •  - Mini research project (3-4000 words)
  •  - Individual and group presentations
  •  - Video blogs (Global Health Stream)
  •  - Articles and case study reviews

  • Written examinations (up to 1 hour)
  • Essays, reports and paper reviews
  • Multiple choice quizzes and online quizzes (computer based)
  • Mini research project (3-4000 words)
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Video blogs
  • Article and case study reviews

Research project  'Research Project' (30 ECTS)  Four specialisations (total 30ECTS)
Research project length  3-4 month full-time research project during term three (end of May-end of August)
  • Research portfolio 1: The Research Question (Year 1 - Term 2)
  • Research Portfolio 2: The Study Design (Year 2 - Term 1)
  • Research Portfolio 3: Core Research Skills (Year 2 - Term 2)
  • Research portfolio 4: Research in Practice (Year 2 - Term 3)
Research project assessment/s  10,000 word dissertation with Viva presentation

Across the four specialisations across two years the assessments include:

  • 1500 word research question and background literature
  • A documented search strategy
  • 1500 word research protocol
  • Multiple choice quizzes
  • 500 word ethics justification
  • 500 word justification of resources
  • 500 word public involvement strategy
  • Scientific or policy paper (3500 words)
  • Abstract or executive summary (500 words)
  • Video blog providing a summary of the research for a lay audience
  • Dissemination plan (300 words)
Example projects

Projects may be carried out in collaboration with NHS organisations, external companies or government agencies providing the project, facilities, day-to-day supervisory arrangement have been agreed in advance with the course organisers.

Examples projects

  • 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;
  • Patients' satisfaction with health care received in three Sub-Saharan African countries;
  • Predicting the public health impact of pyrethroid resistance for malaria control;
  • Epigenetic aging of the female X chromosome;
  • Umbrella review and meta-analysis of white cell counts as predictors of disease;
  • Origins of data amongst mathematical models of tuberculosis

 Potential projects:

  • A systematic review of the literature on factors related to hospital outcomes by day of admission of day of procedure
Location Based at St Mary's campus in Paddington, London (with some teaching at South Kensington and Charing Cross campuses) Fully online

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the main differences between the on-campus and online programmes?

On successful completion of the on-campus and online, you would receive the award of a Master of Public Health.

We have designed one programme purely for online learning (the Global Master of Public Health) and students will not attend any on-campus teaching.

Both programmes offer similar and related core modules/specialisations and optional choices, but will teach the content in different ways. So too has the assessment been designed to best suit the online or on-campus delivery format.

Are the entry requirements the same for both programmes?

Yes. The entry requirements are the same for both the on-campus and online programme.

How much are the programmes?

All the programme fees are listed on the individual programme pages and the fee is dependent on your fee status.

What are the payment options?

When you accept your offer of study, you will need to pay a 10% deposit of the full fees to secure your place. Before you enrol you will invoiced for the full fees.

If you are studying the Global Master of Public Health, as this is a two-year part-time course, you will have the option to pay for the fees in two instalments, you will need to pay for year 1 fees before you start year 1. You will then need to pay for the year 2 fees before you start year 2.

There are some scholarships available directly through the School of Public Health and Imperial College. If you wish to be considered for these, you will need to apply separately and apply for these via the web pages.

Are there any open events to talk to the programme team?

Yes, we hold events through the year to allow potential applicants to ask the programme team questions and hear more about the programme.
For our on-campus programmes, these events are normally held at our main teaching campus at St Mary’s, Paddington. London.

For our online Global Master of Public Health programme, we will also be holding online webinar events where interested applicants can sign up and attend a virtual event, involving no travel.

Can I defer my offer/application of study until next year?

It is not possible to defer your application for the Global Master of Public Health. If you are unable to accept or take up your offer, you will need to re-apply for the following academic year. This is due to the high demand and interest in the programme.

For the on-campus Master of Public Health, each request and decision to defer an offer is reviewed on a case by case basis, and cannot be guaranteed.

Are there any places left on the programmes?

We update our webpages regarding the admissions places for the programmes and we advise you to check these. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible to ensure your application is considered and an offer made, if applicable.

Can I take the programmes as a 4th year of my MBBS?

Yes, for on-campus programmes and if you are an International/Overseas applicant. For more information regarding visas and applying as an International/Overseas student please refer to the information on Imperial College webpages.

Global Master of Public Health:

If you are applying for the online Global Master of Public Health, as this is a fully online degree no CAS or VISA requirements are needed to complete the degree. There are no on-campus attendance requirements to study on the programme.

Do I need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) for a Masters level programme in the School of Public Health?

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for our programmes.

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for our programmes.

What should I write in my personal statement?

What should I write in my personal We recommend your statement is no more than 1500 words, including detail regarding your proposed research area.

This is your opportunity to tell us about yourself and explain why you are an outstanding candidate for a place on one of the School of Public Health’s programmes. Tell us why you are interested in the subject for which you have applied. Describe your academic, professional/work, research experience and interests and reasons for applying to the School of Public Health, Imperial College London.

Outline the academic/professional trajectory you hope for in the future and explain why the programme and the scholarship are important for this. Write an honest statement that gets across your true character and motivations, rather than writing what you think the panel will want to hear.

Within your personal statement, we’d like you to include a short proposal (no more than a 150 words) for a public health research project that could realistically be carried out by you over a three month period. You should include a novel research question, and some outline of what you would do. You will not be tied to the proposal if you are accepted on to the course, as we have a well-structured program for developing student projects. We are interested in your initial ideas as a way for you to demonstrate to us your current understanding of the research process.

We recommend you write your statement up to no more than 1500 words, including detail regarding your proposed research area.

Any further questions?

Please contact a member of the School’s programme team by email if you have any further queries related to a specific programme, via one of the following: