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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Our Master of Public Health (MPH) aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to public health for students who intend to pursue careers in public health practice, management and/or research at local, national and/or supranational levels. It offers cutting-edge knowledge and skills base in the principles and methods of public health and a creative and supportive learning environment. The programme has special focus on the development of quantitative analytical skills for public health, epidemiology and health services research.

To read more in depth about the programme please see further information under Programme Content and the MPH Programme Spec 1718  and MPH Programme structure 1718‌ 

Entry requirements

Suitable candidates will have a 2.1 Honours 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. English language requirements are an IELTS overall score 7 or equivalent, with a minimum of 6.5 in any area.

Some applicants may be invited to a post-application interview (over phone or Skype) to further assess the suitability of the application, and demonstrate an exceptional background, level of experience or demonstrable drive towards public health research or action.

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 Health Systems and Services (HSS) stream and the Global Health (GH) stream, as well as optional modules, allowing students to tailor their studies to their interests.  

The programme is an intensive full-time programme requiring active study for a full 12 months.

Please see SPH Core Competency Standards 1718 to read more about the competencies and committment required to complete the programme.

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 Learning Outcomes

By the end of this programme, students should be able to: 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the essential principles of modern bio-statistical methods and how to apply them;
  • Interpret and analyse complex public health datasets using appropriate software;
  • Systematically search, engage with, and critically appraise relevant public health literature;
  • Design, carry out, interpret, and critique public health research employing epidemiological and social science research methods;
  • Communicate scientific results and project plans to various audiences, orally and through academic and professional reports;
  • Use an evidence based approach to design and evaluate public health interventions;
  • Understand and apply health promotion and behavioural change theories, models and frameworks;
  • Develop a critical insight into contemporary topics and challenges in public health, as well as  the strategies formulated to prevent, mitigate and control these both nationally and globally;
  • Explain methods used for assessing the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of health services and interventions;
  • Understand public policy making processes and analyse health policies within the context of contemporary global governance structures and processes;
  • Appreciate the importance of, and adhere to, key public health principles and ethical standards in public health research and practice;
  • Apply key approaches and methods involved in population needs assessment,  and project planning and management;
  • Work effectively in interdisciplinary teams to develop innovative solutions to public health problems;
  • Characterise a wide range of infectious and environmental hazards and develop effective health protection strategies to prevent, mitigate and control risks.


Applications and start date

For October 2018 entry, recruitment will open in October 2017 and we will review applications for 2018/19 from this point.

To meet the team and find out more please sign up to our open evening at St Mary's Campus on 22nd November 2017.  For more information contact 


Please see our School of Public Health Scholarships Page for information on any scholarships we are offering. Appplications for scholarships for the academic year starting in October 2017 have now been processed and are now closed. Information regarding scholarships for October 2018 will be updated ready for October 2017 and the new recruitment cycle.

Please see Imperial's Scholarships page for any other College level Scholarships being offered.

The new Postgraduate Loan for Masters Study for Home and EU students is now available for students to apply to  programmes starting in the 2017 to 2018 academic year. Full information is now available and applications are being taken. 

Student prize winner profiles

Each year the Dean's prize is awarded to an exceptional student on each of our Master's courses. Find out more from the prize winners for this course.

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