Public Health
  • Postgraduate taught
  • MPH

Master of Public Health

Develop key quantitative analytical skills for a career in public health, epidemiology and health services research.

Develop key quantitative analytical skills for a career in public health, epidemiology and health services research

Tailor your studies to match your career needs on specialist streams exploring critical areas of public health work

Undertake a summer research project in close collaboration with leading health organisations and think-tanks

Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MPH

  • Duration

    1 year

  • Start date

    September 2024

  • Study mode


  • Fees

    • £14,900 Home

    • £43,250 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • Hammersmith

    • White City

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 in a science subject or an MBBS degree

View full entry requirements

Course overview

Advance your understanding of epidemiology, biostatistics and health research methods on this full-time course.

Designed to develop your research skills for a career in public health, this course will see you engage with academic leaders across all three fields. This includes guest speakers with experience in developing, managing and implementing interventions in public health.

A range of specialist streams will also help enhance your understanding of key challenges and strategies within critical areas of public health.

Your studies will culminate in a summer research project. This work can be carried out with a variety of NHS and public health organisations, global health institutions, and think-tank groups.

Depending on your project, you'll also have opportunities to assess the work of a number of leading health bodies through this course's links with institutions, such as the World Health Organisation and various local authorities.

Subject to university approval.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You’ll take all of these core modules.

Core modules

You’ll choose a further five optional modules from a range of specialist streams.

For the general MPH award, you can choose any five modules.

To achieve a specific stream designation, you must choose at least two modules applicable to your chosen stream.

Health Promotion and Service Improvement

Global Health

Environmental Health

Quantitative Method

Infectious Disease

Health Policy and Systems

You'll carry out an individual research project under close supervision from experienced academics.

Projects can be drawn from ongoing research within Imperial or in collaboration with NHS organisations, international agencies, non-governmental organisations or government agencies.

Projects typically last around four months and are assessed by a written dissertation and oral examination.

Teaching and assessment

Balance of teaching and learning


  • Live sessions
  • Independent study

  • 30% Live sessions
  • 70% Independent study

Teaching and learning methods

  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
  • Computing-based practicals
  • Research project
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • A group of people interacting
    Group work
  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Person giving seminar
    Seminars and practicals
  • Case-based teaching and role play

Balance of assessment


  • Coursework
  • Exam
  • Practical

Term 1

  • 45% Coursework
  • 34% Exam
  • 21% Practical

Term 2

  • 54% Coursework
  • 15% Exam
  • 31% Practical

Term 3 (Research Project)

  • 0% Coursework
  • 0% Exam
  • 100% Practical

Assessment methods

  • Video blogs
  • Articles and case study reviews
  • Person making a presentation
    Individual and group presentations
  • In-class quiz
    MCQs and online quizzes
  • Mini research project
  • Reports and paper reviews
  • A person completing a written exam
    Written examinations

Is this degree accredited?

The core aims and outcomes of this degree adhere to the European standards laid out by the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation.

Whilst this degree is not formally accredited by an agency or professional body, you'll benefit from an innovative and comprehensive public health curriculum, which responds to the most recent developments in public health, including our own research discoveries.

This sets us apart from courses in other countries such as the US and Canada, where accreditation requirements are not suitable for a UK-based programme.

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Applications are now closed for 2024 entry.

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry



SPH Masters Scholarship

Who it's for

  • All students who make an application to the School of Public Health.
Find out more

The Dean’s Master’s Scholarships

Value per award

  • £10,000

Who it's for

  • All students applying to study a Faculty of Medicine Master’s programme beginning in October 2024
Find out more

How will studying at Imperial help my career?

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Gain transferable skills relevant to a career in public health or similar fields.

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Pursue careers in research, with public or government services, or with voluntary organisations and non-governmental organisations.

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Common career paths include roles as public health analysts, health services researchers, and communicable disease control consultants.

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Other career paths include environmental epidemiologists, health policy advisors, or directors of public health.

Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications