Masters in Public Health (MPH)

Cutting-edge knowledge and skills base for both non-medical and medically qualified students

Key information

1 year full-time

Start date
October 2016

Information on tuition fees 2017-18

Master of Public Health
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This programme provides a comprehensive introduction to public health for students intending to practice in public health or related fields. It offers a cutting-edge knowledge and skills base for both non-medical and medically qualified students. See programme information for further information.

Entry requirements

Candidates will normally be expected to hold a good first degree in a science subject (at least an upper second) or a medical degree from a UK university or an equivalent qualification if obtained outside the UK. Suitable candidates are likely to be those with a background in medicine, health sciences, biological sciences, and/or environmental sciences. See entry requirements for further information.

Is this programme for you?

It is particularly suited to students who wish to pursue a career in public health research or public health management based on quantitative analytical skills.

The course has two streams, the General MPH and the Global Health stream, as well as optional modules, allowing students to tailor their studies to their interests.  MPH Knowledge based competencies

Open Evenings for 2017/18 entry

For 2017/18 entry, we invite potential applicants to come along to one of our open evenings in the School of Public Health that we have scheduled as below.

Bookings have opened for the first open evening and you are required to book one of the limited places.

For future events, booking will open nearer to the time. Please register your interest to hear more about any future events by clicking on ‘Register your interest in this programme’ to the right of this page and to be kept up-to-date when booking has opened.

Open Evening 1: Weds 23rd November 2016 (arrival from 17.30pm, start time 18.00-20.00pm) – BOOKING NOW OPEN

Open Evening 2: Weds 15th February 2017 (arrival from 17.30pm, start time 18.00-20.00pm) – Booking not yet open.

Open Evening 3: Weds 5th April 2017 (arrival from 17.30pm, start time 18.00-20.00pm) – Booking not yet open.

All events will take place at the St Mary’s campus near Paddington:

Career prospects

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.

Key benefits

Master of Public Health graduates are able to:

  • Design, analyse, interpret and evaluate epidemiological and biomedical research.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the essential principles of modern biostatistical methods.
  • Apply current research methods in key areas of chronic disease epidemiology, infectious disease epidemiology, and environmental exposure.
  • Demonstrate skills in health information analysis, report writing and communication.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of health systems, policy and financing and key global health issues.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and skills in, needs assessment, health equity audit, health impact assessment, health care evaluation, changing health behaviour, health intervention planning and health economics.

Global Health Stream was introduced in 2013. Students who follow this stream have more dedicated time to understand the health, economic, political, social and biomedical challenges and innovations associated with poor health that can affect people based anywhere in the world.

epidemiologists, health policy advisors or directors of public health.

Programme Development

From September 2017, some new key features and enhancements will be added to the programme. Whilst the programme is currently organised into modules, as of 2017/18, these modules will have credit attached to the them and the programme will become ‘modular’. Credit will be introduced to each module to clarify the link between learning and assessment and will be beneficial to students.  It will also align to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Each module of study will still act as a building block of learning, on a certain subject area and you will study both core modules, and have the choice of optional modules (for Term 2).  

You can still expect modules of study, with both core and optional content, including a research project at the end. The modules on offer are likely to remain the same or similar. Module choices and options are subject to change each year.

As of 2017/18, each module will be assessed independently.  The assessments are likely to consist of a mixture of different types of assessment suitable to the module content, which may include quizzes, essays, multiple choice, exams coursework, lab reports, presentations, and group assignments. 

The information about the programme structure will be updated during 2016/17 and if you apply for the programme and are made an offer we will keep you up-to-date by email. Please do look at the current programme handbook and specification to learn more about the content of the programme which will remain mostly the same.

We look forward to receiving your application.

If you have any questions about the planned changes for 2017/18 then please don’t hesitate to contact us on:  or

Applications and start date

We will be reviewing new applications for the October 2017 entry from 1st November 2016 onwards. 

Course specific open evenings will be advertised on this webpage shortly.


The new Postgraduate Loan for Masters Study for Home and EU students is now available for students to apply to programmes starting from 2016 - 2017.  Full information is now available and applications are being taken. Please see the Scholarships page, for information on any scholarships that we will be offering.