Master of Public Health

Research the world’s most pressing health issues through a flexible online degree that focuses on the practical aspects of public health.

Key information

Duration: 2 years part-time
Start date: September 2020
Campus: online
ECTS: 90 credits
Learn more about this fully online degree
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Whether you’ve already had extensive experience in the public health field or you’re seeking a high-impact and useful career, this new online degree aims to turn you into a leader in this field.

You will have the chance to learn from Imperial experts who are shaping global health policy. This includes researchers who led the most recent fight against the Ebola epidemic, described as the largest, most severe and most complex in the nearly four-decade history of the disease.

As a university ranked in the global top 10, we offer a curriculum that is rooted in evidence-based research skills. It’s a style of learning that relies on learning by discovery, rather than simply memorising facts. The result is graduates who are equipped with knowledge and a transferable set of skills to be able to make a unique contribution in protecting and improving public health.

Who the course is for

This course is aimed at students from a variety of different backgrounds in medicine, health policy, academic research and others.

They may represent different professional backgrounds but there is one common thread: The calling to help make the world healthier and safer for all.

What you study

You study biostatistics, epidemiology and health systems, and hone your research skills by exploring issues that affect your own community.

Each academic year is divided into three terms.

Over the two years, you complete eight core specialisations, including a research portfolio and choose four optional specialisations.

  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 1
  • 3 core specialisations
  • 2 core specialisations
  • 1 optional specialisation
  • 2 core specialisations
  • 1 optional specialisation
Year 2
  • 2 core specialisations
  • 1 optional specialisation
  • 2 core specialisations
  • 1 optional specialisation
  • 1 core specialisation*
* Research Portfolio 4

Imperial’s online learning environment

The Global Master of Public Health programme will be delivered as a fully online degree, via Coursera. This online programme will have comparable learning outcomes and results to the on-campus MPH programme which currently exists.

As an established and global learning provider, Coursera use high-touch and innovative learning features to provide high quality degree learning experiences. Teaching and learning on the programme will be delivered through the Coursera platform using a range of methods including:

  • pre-recorded lectures and video capture
  • slide-decks with audio commentary
  • practical exercises in coding and analysis
  • asynchronous peer-to-peer and staff-moderated discussion forums
  • synchronous scheduled live tutorials
  • discussion forums and office hours
  • discussion prompts

The assessment methods, also delivered through the Coursera platform, include:

  • online quizzes
  • video blogs
  • case study review discussions
  • coding exercises

Students will also learn as a cohort through discussion boards (which can be used as assessment through graded discussion prompts) and peer assessed exercises.

These features, ranging from live classroom sessions to group peer sessions, will allow each student to participate in a seamless, flexible, and engaging learning experience and ensure the highest quality online learning environment.


Through this course you will develop a wide range of research skills, underpinned by knowledge of the most pressing global health issues.

As this is a new course, there have not yet been any graduates of the programme. However, the School of Public Health also offers an on-campus MPH, taught at our St Mary’s Campus full time over one academic year. Graduates of this course have gone into leadership roles in academia, government, industry and non-governmental organisations such as the Gates Foundation, the United Nations, and the World Health Organisation.

Is this degree accredited?

This degree is not accredited by any particular agency or professional body. This means our curriculum is not restricted by specific criteria, allowing us to design, develop and deliver an innovative and comprehensive public health curriculum which responds to the most recent developments in public health – this includes our own research discoveries. This sets us apart from courses in countries such as the US and Canada, where accreditation requirements are not suitable for a UK based programme. However, the core aims and outcomes of this degree do adhere to the European standards laid out by the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation.


Modules shown are for the current academic year and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

There are limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses. See what changes we may make and how we will tell you about them.

Find out more about potential changes


Core specialisations

You take all of the core specialisations listed below.

  • Epidemiology for Public Health
  • Foundations of Public Health Practice 
  • Global Diseases Masterclass 
  • Global Health Challenges and Governance 
  • Health Economics
  • Health Systems Development 
  • Population Health Improvement 
  • Statistics for Public Health

Research portfolio

Your research portfolio is made up of each of the four specialisations listed below.

  • Research Portfolio 1: The Research Question
  • Research Portfolio 2: The Study Design
  • Research Portfolio 3: Core Research Skills
  • Research Portfolio 4: Research in Practice

Optional specialisations

You choose four optional specialisations from the list below.

  • Advanced Statistics
  • Digital Health
  • Global Health Innovations
  • Health Data Sciences
  • Infectious Disease Modelling
  • Participatory Methods in Public Health
  • Quality Improvement in Healthcare
  • Social Epidemiology for Public Health

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

  • Core research skills
  • Designing a research study
  • Discussion prompts
  • Group-chat/video conference discussions and exercises with peers
  • Interactive content including online assessment via video, quizzes, virtual examination
  • Online individual/group presentations
  • Online lectures
  • Online seminars and tutorials
  • Research methods in public health
  • Research project portfolio

Assessment methods

  • Articles and case study reviews
  • Essays
  • Individual and group presentations
  • MCQs and online quizzes
  • Reports and paper reviews
  • Research plan
  • Research project portfolio
  • Video blogs
  • Short answer examinations

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in science subject or an MBBS medical degree.

Suitable applicants are likely to be those with a background in medicine, health sciences, biological sciences or environmental sciences.

Mature applicants with relevant academic or professional experience will also be considered.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications.

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College, and not specifically this Department.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Dual enrolment

You cannot register/enrol for more than one award at the same time. This includes awards at Imperial and other universities or institutions. You would need to de-register from your current course before starting. Read more about this in the Imperial College General Academic Regulations (Section 5.5).

How to apply

How to apply

Important information for applicants fom Iran, Sudan, Crimea, Cuba, Syria and North Korea

Our Global Master of Public Health programme is delivered fully online via our platform partner, Coursera. United States export control regulations prevent Coursera from offering services and content to users in certain countries or regions. More information about which countries or regions are affected can be found on Coursera’s website.

Coursera must enforce these restrictions in order to remain in compliance with US law and, for that reason, we advise that all interested applicants check this information before applying to the programme. As a result, we are not able to consider applications for the programme for those who wish to study the programme from within these countries.

If any interested applicants have any queries regarding the above, please contact:

Deadline to apply

Early Admission Deadlines:

  • Round 1: 13 January 2020
  • Round 2: 9 March 2020
  • Round 3: 1 June 2020

Making an application

All applicants to our Master's courses must apply online.

For full details on the online application process, please visit the admissions website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2020 entry
£6,000 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2020 will apply to fees for the academic year 2020–2021.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2020 entry
£10,050 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2020 will apply to fees for the academic year 2020–2021.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government.

For 2019-20 entry, the maximum amount was of £10,906. The loan is not means-tested and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Further information


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Read more about the School and our research on the School of Public Health website.

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