Master of Public Health

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Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: September 2019
Campus: St Mary's
ECTS: 90 credits
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Overview

This full-time course merges the study of epidemiology, biostatistics and health research methods with public health skills.

It will suit those with both medical and non-medical backgrounds who are interested in developing their research skills and public health career.

Course lecturers are leaders in academic fields of statistics, epidemiology (chronic diseases and infectious diseases) and health services research. Guest speakers include public health professionals with experience in developing, managing and implementing interventions in public health.

You will have a unique opportunity to study three modules from the MSc in International Health Management at Imperial College Business School: Health Economics; Health Policy, Systems and Financing; and Contemporary Topics in Health Policy.

The WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Education and Training offers some opportunities to students on the MPH Course to visit different multilateral agencies and international organisations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Further onsite work visits are organised to support quality improvement initiatives in the local NHS Trusts, through the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Northwest London.

You have opportunities to undertake a summer research project with a wide range of NHS and public health organisations, global health institutions, and think-tank groups.

Streams

You have the choice of two streams:

  • Health Services and Systems Stream
  • Global Health Stream

The Health Services and Systems stream focuses on the theory and practice of health promotion and health service management. The key themes that define this stream are: quality improvement in health care, health intelligence, and population health improvement.

The Global Health stream is orientated towards training students for a Global Health career. The stream seeks to expand your understanding of the manifestations of health challenges within the context of low-and middle-income country settings, as well as the supranational governance structures and processes involved in tackling these challenges. The stream also discusses global health innovations aimed at enhancing health outcomes.

MPH students will also share a number of core modules and lectures with the MSc in Epidemiology degree.

Careers

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.

Structure

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

Please note the curriculum of our postgraduate degrees is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for your year of entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.

Structure

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

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

Streams

You choose from one of two streams, and take the two core modules within that stream.

Health Services and Systems

  • Population Health Improvement
  • Quality Improvement in Healthcare

Global Health

  • Global Health Challenges and Governance
  • Global Health Innovations

Optional modules

You choose two optional modules from below.

  • Anthropology in Public Health
  • Contemporary Topics in International Health Policy
  • Digital Health
  • Exposure Assessment
  • Health Systems Development
  • Health Systems, Policy and Financing
  • Research Methods

Research project

Individual research projects are carried out from May to September under supervision.

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

Projects are expected to take four months, with a member of Imperial College academic staff assigned to advise and monitor the student's progress.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

  • Class tutorials
  • Computer based practical workshops
  • Final research project (dissertation)
  • Formative and summative assessment via Blackboard e.g. in-class quizzes
  • Group revision sessions
  • Group work sessions
  • Lectures
  • Mentimeter
  • Seminars and practicals
  • Small group tutorials
  • Teaching materials published via Blackboard

Assessment

  • Articles and case study reviews
  • Essays
  • Individual and group presentations
  • MCQs and online quizzes
  • Mini research project
  • Reports and paper reviews
  • Video blogs
  • Written examinations

Entry requirements

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

Please note that applications will be considered on a monthly rolling basis and you will hear back from the School once a decision has been made.

Admissions

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

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

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

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.

How to apply

You can submit one application form per year of entry, and usually choose up to two courses.

How to apply

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)

2019 entry
£11,300 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 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2019 entry
£34,500

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 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

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 of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

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.

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