The School of Public Health’s mission statement is to strengthen, influence and train the next generation of public health leaders. As part of this mission, we offer the Master of Public Health in different ways, to provide a comprehensive grounding and a deep understanding of the fundamentals of public health to a professional audience seeking to advance their careers in public health.

Our Master of Public Health programmes offer students:

  • a special focus on the development of quantitative analytical skills for public health, epidemiology and health services research.
  • a variety of core areas of public health and choice to focus on different and global public health systems, interventions, methods and innovative and developmental areas within public health.

A Master of Public Health can be undertaken with us:

As a full-time/one year programme taught on-campus. Within this programme a core first term of teaching is undertaken, followed by a choice to specialise in a ‘stream’. 

  • ‘Health Services and System’ stream. The Health Services and Systems stream focuses on the theory and practice of population health and health service improvement initiatives. 
  • ‘Global Health’ stream. The Global Health stream is orientated towards training students for a Global Health career. The stream seeks to expand students’ understanding of the manifestations of health challenges within the context of low and middle income settings, as well as the supranational structures and processes involved in tackling these challenges.

As a part-time/two-year programme taught fully online.

Regardless of your programme choice, both aim to provide a comprehensive grounding and a deep understanding of the fundamentals of public health to a professional audience seeking to advance their careers in public health.

During both programmes, students will be part of a diverse and collaborative learning environment.

Compare our programmes

Final degree awarded

Master of Public Health
(12 months full-time)
Global Master of Public Health
(24 month part-time online)
PG Certificate
(12 months part-time online)
PG Diploma
(24 months part-time online)
Global Master of Public Health
(36 months part-time online)
Master of Public Health (MPH) Master of Public Health (MPH) PG Certificate in Public Health PG Diploma in Public Health Master in Public Health (MPH)
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Period of study

Master of Public Health
(12 months full-time)
Global Master of Public Health
(24 month part-time online)
PG Certificate
(12 months part-time online)
PG Diploma
(24 months part-time online)
Global Master of Public Health
(36 months part-time online)
12 months 24 months (2 years) 12 months 24 months (2 years) 36 months (3 years)
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Mode of study

Master of Public Health
(12 months full-time)
Global Master of Public Health
(24 month part-time online)
PG Certificate
(12 months part-time online)
PG Diploma
(24 months part-time online)
Global Master of Public Health
(36 months part-time online)
Taught and on-campus Online Online Online Online
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Term length

Master of Public Health
(12 months full-time)
Global Master of Public Health
(24 month part-time online)
PG Certificate
(12 months part-time online)
PG Diploma
(24 months part-time online)
Global Master of Public Health
(36 months part-time online)
10 weeks 16 weeks 16 weeks 16 weeks 16 weeks

Start date (2020/21)

Master of Public Health
(12 months full-time)
Global Master of Public Health
(24 month part-time online)
PG Certificate
(12 months part-time online)
PG Diploma
(24 months part-time online)
Global Master of Public Health
(36 months part-time online)
TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Total credits

Master of Public Health
(12 months full-time)
Global Master of Public Health
(24 month part-time online)
PG Certificate
(12 months part-time online)
PG Diploma
(24 months part-time online)
Global Master of Public Health
(36 months part-time online)
90 90 30 60 90

Credits per term

Master of Public Health
(12 months full-time)
Global Master of Public Health
(24 month part-time online)
PG Certificate
(12 months part-time online)
PG Diploma
(24 months part-time online)
Global Master of Public Health
(36 months part-time online)
30 15 10 10 10

Streams available

Master of Public Health
(12 months full-time)
Global Master of Public Health
(24 month part-time online)
PG Certificate
(12 months part-time online)
PG Diploma
(24 months part-time online)
Global Master of Public Health
(36 months part-time online)
Health Services and Systems stream
or
Global Health stream
None None None None 
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Total modules or specialisations

Master of Public Health
(12 months full-time)
Global Master of Public Health
(24 month part-time online)
PG Certificate
(12 months part-time online)
PG Diploma
(24 months part-time online)
Global Master of Public Health
(36 months part-time online)
10 modules (per stream) 20 specialisations 10 specialisations 17 specialisations 20 specialisations
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Core modules or specialisations

Master of Public Health
(12 months full-time)
Global Master of Public Health
(24 month part-time online)
PG Certificate
(12 months part-time online)
PG Diploma
(24 months part-time online)
Global Master of Public Health
(36 months part-time online)
8 modules (per stream) 12 specialisations 4 specialisations 12 specialisations 12 specialisations
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Elective modules or specialisations

Master of Public Health
(12 months full-time)
Global Master of Public Health
(24 month part-time online)
PG Certificate
(12 months part-time online)
PG Diploma
(24 months part-time online)
Global Master of Public Health
(36 months part-time online)
7 modules 8 specialisations 6 specialisations 8 specialisations 8 specialisations
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Time commitment

Master of Public Health
(12 months full-time)
Global Master of Public Health
(24 month part-time online)
PG Certificate
(12 months part-time online)
PG Diploma
(24 months part-time online)
Global Master of Public Health
(36 months part-time online)
approx. 35-40 hours/week approx. 20 hours/week approx. 12-16 hours/week approx. 12-16 hours/week approx. 12-16 hours/week
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Assessment types

Master of Public Health
(12 months full-time)
Global Master of Public Health
(24 month part-time online)
PG Certificate
(12 months part-time online)
PG Diploma
(24 months part-time online)
Global Master of Public Health
(36 months part-time online)
Written examinations (up to 1 hour)        
Essays, reports and paper reviews (range from 500-4000 words) Essays, reports and paper reviews Essays, reports and paper reviews Essays, reports and paper reviews Essays, reports and paper reviews
Multiple choice quizzes and online quizzes (computer based) Multiple choice quizzes and online quizzes (computer based) Multiple choice quizzes and online quizzes (computer based) Multiple choice quizzes and online quizzes (computer based) Multiple choice quizzes and online quizzes (computer based)
Mini research project (3-4000 words) Mini research project (3-4000 words)   Mini research project (3-4000 words) Mini research project (3-4000 words)
Individual and group presentations Individual and group presentations Individual and group presentations Individual and group presentations Individual and group presentations
Video blogs (Global Health Stream) Video blogs Video blogs Video blogs Video blogs
Articles and case study reviews Article and case study reviews Article and case study reviews Article and case study reviews Article and case study reviews
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Research project

Master of Public Health
(12 months full-time)
Global Master of Public Health
(24 month part-time online)
PG Certificate
(12 months part-time online)
PG Diploma
(24 months part-time online)
Global Master of Public Health
(36 months part-time online)
'Research Project' (30 ECTS) Four specialisations (total 30ECTS) n/a One specialisation (5 ECTS) Four specialisations (total 30ECTS)
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Research project length

Master of Public Health
(12 months full-time)
Global Master of Public Health
(24 month part-time online)
PG Certificate
(12 months part-time online)
PG Diploma
(24 months part-time online)
Global Master of Public Health
(36 months part-time online)
 3-4 month full-time research project during term three (end of May-end of August) Research portfolio 1: The Research Question (Year 1 - Term 2) n/a Research portfolio 1: The Research Question (Year 2 - Term 3) Research portfolio 1: The Research Question (Year 2 - Term 3)
  Research Portfolio 2: The Study Design (Year 2 - Term 1) n/a   Research Portfolio 2: The Study Design (Year 3 - Term 1)
  Research Portfolio 3: Core Research Skills (Year 2 - Term 2) n/a   Research Portfolio 3: Core Research Skills (Year 3 - Term 2)
  Research portfolio 4: Research in Practice (Year 2 - Term 3) n/a   Research portfolio 4: Research in Practice (Year 3 - Term 3)
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Research project assessments

Master of Public Health
(12 months full-time)
Global Master of Public Health
(24 month part-time online)
PG Certificate
(12 months part-time online)
PG Diploma
(24 months part-time online)
Global Master of Public Health
(36 months part-time online)
10,000 word dissertation with Viva presentation

Across the four specialisations across two years the assessments include:

  • 1500 word research question and background literature
  • A documented search strategy
  • 1500 word research protocol
  • Multiple choice quizzes
  • 500 word ethics justification
  • 500 word justification of resources
  • 500 word public involvement strategy
  • Scientific or policy paper (3500 words)
  • Abstract or executive summary (500 words)
  • Video blog providing a summary of the research for a lay audience
  • Dissemination plan (300 words)
n/a n/a

Across the four specialisations across two years the assessments include:

  • 1500 word research question and background literature
  • A documented search strategy
  • 1500 word research protocol
  • Multiple choice quizzes
  • 500 word ethics justification
  • 500 word justification of resources
  • 500 word public involvement strategy
  • Scientific or policy paper (3500 words)
  • Abstract or executive summary (500 words)
  • Video blog providing a summary of the research for a lay audience
  • Dissemination plan (300 words)
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Example projects

Master of Public Health
(12 months full-time)
Global Master of Public Health
(24 month part-time online)
PG Certificate
(12 months part-time online)
PG Diploma
(24 months part-time online)
Global Master of Public Health
(36 months part-time online)
  • Barriers and enablers for male involvement in enhancing maternal health outcomes;
  • A systematic review of the literature on factors related to hospital outcomes by day of admission or day of procedure;
  • Patients' satisfaction with health care received in three Sub-Saharan African countries;
  • Predicting the public health impact of pyrethroid resistance for malaria control;
  • Epigenetic aging of the female X chromosome;
  • Umbrella review and meta-analysis of white cell counts as predictors of disease;
  • Origins of data amongst mathematical models of tuberculosis

A systematic review of the literature on factors related to hospital outcomes by day of admission of day of procedure

n/a n/a A systematic review of the literature on factors related to hospital outcomes by day of admission of day of procedure
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Research project assessments

Master of Public Health
(12 months full-time)
Global Master of Public Health
(24 month part-time online)
PG Certificate
(12 months part-time online)
PG Diploma
(24 months part-time online)
Global Master of Public Health
(36 months part-time online)
Based at St Mary's campus in Paddington, London (with some teaching at South Kensington and Charing Cross campuses)

Fully online

Fully online Fully online Fully online
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Minimal techinical requirements

Our Global Master of Public Health programme is delivered fully online via our platform partner, Coursera. We, therefore, want to make certain that you have all the necessary resources available to make the most of your experience. Please refer to ourMinimum technical requirements (PDF)‌ to ensure your hardware, software and internet connection meet the minimum requirement.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the main differences between the on-campus and online programmes?

On successful completion of the on-campus and online, you would receive the award of a Master of Public Health.

We have designed one programme purely for online learning (the Global Master of Public Health) and students will not attend any on-campus teaching.

Both programmes offer similar and related core modules/specialisations and optional choices, but will teach the content in different ways. So too has the assessment been designed to best suit the online or on-campus delivery format.

Are the entry requirements the same for both programmes?

Yes. The entry requirements are the same for both the on-campus and online programme.

Please refer to our college website for postgraduate English Language requirements.

If you are required to take an English test as part of your offer conditions and do not have access to a test in your country, please check our Imperial College online English assessment test.

How much are the programmes?

All the programme fees are listed on the individual programme pages and the fee is dependent on your fee status.

What are the payment options?

When you accept your offer of study, you will need to pay a 10% deposit of the full fees to secure your place. Before you enrol you will invoiced for the full fees.

If you are studying the Global Master of Public Health, as this is a two-year part-time course, you will have the option to pay for the fees in two instalments, you will need to pay for year 1 fees before you start year 1. You will then need to pay for the year 2 fees before you start year 2.

There are some scholarships available directly through the School of Public Health and Imperial College. If you wish to be considered for these, you will need to apply separately and apply for these via the web pages.

Are there any open events to talk to the programme team?

Yes, we hold events through the year to allow potential applicants to ask the programme team questions and hear more about the programme.
For our on-campus programmes, these events are normally held at our main teaching campus at St Mary’s, Paddington. London.

For our online Global Master of Public Health programme, we will also be holding online webinar events where interested applicants can sign up and attend a virtual event, involving no travel.

Can I defer my offer/application of study until next year?

It is not possible to defer your application for the Global Master of Public Health. If you are unable to accept or take up your offer, you will need to re-apply for the following academic year. This is due to the high demand and interest in the programme.

For the on-campus Master of Public Health, each request and decision to defer an offer is reviewed on a case by case basis, and cannot be guaranteed.

Are there any places left on the programmes?

We update our webpages regarding the admissions places for the programmes and we advise you to check these. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible to ensure your application is considered and an offer made, if applicable.

Can I take the programmes as a 4th year of my MBBS?

No unfortunately you are not able to take this as an option and intercalate.  One of the entry criteria for the Masters is to be awarded an honours degree. Unless you have a degree prior to the MBBS, you would not be eligible to apply.

Do I need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) for a Masters level programme in the School of Public Health?

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for our programmes.

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for our programmes.

What should I write in my personal statement?

What should I write in my personal We recommend your statement is no more than 1500 words, including detail regarding your proposed research area.

This is your opportunity to tell us about yourself and explain why you are an outstanding candidate for a place on one of the School of Public Health’s programmes. Tell us why you are interested in the subject for which you have applied. Describe your academic, professional/work, research experience and interests and reasons for applying to the School of Public Health, Imperial College London.

Outline the academic/professional trajectory you hope for in the future and explain why the programme and the scholarship are important for this. Write an honest statement that gets across your true character and motivations, rather than writing what you think the panel will want to hear.

Within your personal statement, we’d like you to include a short proposal (no more than a 150 words) for a public health research project that could realistically be carried out by you over a three month period. You should include a novel research question, and some outline of what you would do. You will not be tied to the proposal if you are accepted on to the course, as we have a well-structured program for developing student projects. We are interested in your initial ideas as a way for you to demonstrate to us your current understanding of the research process.

We recommend you write your statement up to no more than 1500 words, including detail regarding your proposed research area.

Choosing the pathway most suitable for you

Master of Public Health – This is a one year, intensive full-time course. Within this programme a core first term of teaching is undertaken, followed by a choice a choice of ’streams'.

  • ‘Health Services and System’ stream. The Health Services and Systems stream focuses on the theory and practice of population health and health service improvement initiatives.
  • ‘Global Health’ stream. The Global Health stream is orientated towards training students for a Global Health career. The stream seeks to expand students’ understanding of the manifestations of health challenges within the context of low and middle income settings, as well as the supranational structures and processes involved in tackling these challenges.

Global Master of Public Health - The pathway options allow you to choose between full-time and part-time study. This means you can choose an option that best suits you, with your studies spread over different amounts of time.

The two-year Masters is a standalone pathway.

  • The PG Certificate and PG Diploma are not available for entry on this pathway. These awards may be granted if you leave your studies part-way through this programme.

For the three-year Masters, you must first to apply and enrol on to the PG Certificate award

  • This PG Certificate is taken in the first year. You can then progress to PG Diploma or you finish your studies, leaving with a PG Certificate award.
  • The PG Diploma is taken in the second year. You can then progress to study the Masters or finish your studies, leaving with a PG Diploma.
  • You can progress and complete the Masters in your third year.

If you are unsure if previous degree or experience is suitable for the Global Master of Public Health

This course is aimed at students from a variety of different backgrounds in medicine, health policy, academic research and others. We also review applications from other backgrounds other than public health if the applicant demonstrates an interest in Public health through a strong personal statement and who also meet their minimum academic criteria for admissions at Imperial College. Our college admissions team will be able to assess your application once it has been made online.

If you are unsure if previous degree or experience is suitable for the Master of Public Health (on-campus)

This course is aimed at students from a variety of different backgrounds in medicine, science subjects, academic research and others. We also review applications from other backgrounds if the applicant demonstrates an interest in Public health through a strong personal statement and who also meet the minimum academic criteria for admissions at Imperial College. Our college admissions team will be able to assess your application once it has been made online.

Any further questions?

Please contact a member of the School’s programme team by email if you have any further queries related to a specific programme, via one of the following: