Master of Public Health

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2018
Campus: St Mary's

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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 have a unique opportunity to study two modules from the MSc in International Health Management at Imperial College Business School and to undertake an extra-curricular module on health systems, which is delivered by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Education and Training.

There is also the opportunity to undertake the summer research project with a wide range of NHS and public health organisations.

Global Health stream

In 2013, we introduced a Global Health stream into this course. The aim of this stream is to train MPH students to contribute to improvements in global health.

The course will be of particular interest to those who want to expand their knowledge on health issues in low and middle income settings.

If you choose to follow the Global Health stream you will share a number of core modules with all other MPH students, and selected modules and lectures with MSc in Epidemiology.

The stream will also include new modules developed exclusively for this course. These modules outline current global health challenges and provide insights into innovative responses to meet these challenges, within the context of a complex global political and economic environment.

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.

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
  • eHealth
  • 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

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.

Register for our Postgraduate Funding Webinar at 3pm on Wednesday 1 November 2017 for advice on how to fund postgraduate study at Imperial.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2018 entry
£10,600

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)

2018 entry
£32,500

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.

Admissions

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

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is at least a 2.1 UK Honour's degree in a science subject or MBBS 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

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Although courses will remain open until they are filled, applicants for this course are strongly encouraged to apply by 1 July 2018. Early applications allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2018 to ensure that your visa is processed and approved prior to the start of the course.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

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

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