Master of Public Health

Research the world’s most pressing health issues through a flexible online degree that focuses on the practical aspects of public health.

Award titles

Postgraduate Certificate of Public Health

Duration: 1 year part-time
ECTS: 30
(standalone course)

Postgraduate Diploma of Public Health

Duration: 2 years part-time
ECTS: 60
(including PG Cert)

Master of Public Health

Duration: 2 years part-time or 3 years part-time
ECTS: 90
(including PG Cert and PG Dip)

Key information

Start dateOctober 2021
Campus: Online

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Overview

Whether you’ve already had extensive experience in the public health field or you’re seeking a high-impact and useful career, this new online degree aims to turn you into a leader in this field.

You will have the chance to learn from Imperial experts who are shaping global health policy. This includes researchers who led the most recent fight against the Ebola epidemic, described as the largest, most severe and most complex in the nearly four-decade history of the disease.

As a university ranked in the global top ten, we offer a curriculum that is rooted in evidence-based research skills. It’s a style of learning that relies on learning by discovery, rather than simply memorising facts. The result is graduates who are equipped with knowledge and a transferable set of skills to be able to make a unique contribution in protecting and improving public health.

Who the course is for

This course is aimed at students from a variety of different backgrounds in medicine, health policy, academic research and others.

They may represent different professional backgrounds but there is one common thread: The calling to help make the world healthier and safer for all.

What you study

You study biostatistics, epidemiology and health systems, and hone your research skills by exploring issues that affect your own community.

Each academic year is divided into three terms. For the two-year Masters course, you will study three specialisations per term. During the three-year Masters course you will study two specialisations per term. By the end of both you will have completed eight core specialisations, including a research portfolio and choose four optional specialisations. To enrol on the three-year Masters course, you will first need to enrol and complete the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma courses.

  • Postgraduate Certificate: You will have gained an understanding of the basic foundations of public health, having completed the core specialisations and a choice of two optional specialisations, allowing you to explore your areas of interest.
  • Postgraduate Diploma: This allows you to develop your knowledge and skills with further choices and specialised subjects within public health, directed towards your own public health practice and research. You will complete core specialisations, choosing a further two optional specialisations. You will undertake a Research Portfolio specialisation providing you with a foundational understanding of research practice.
  • Masters: You will continue to build upon your knowledge and skills. The majority of this level requires you to undertake the remaining Research Portfolio core specialisations, building your own research practice and skills to complete your project. You will also be required to undertake the Health Economics specialisation and you can choose one further specialisations.

Imperial’s online learning environment 

These courses are delivered as a fully online degree, via Coursera. These courses will have comparable learning outcomes and results to the on-campus MPH course.

As an established and global learning provider, Coursera use high-touch and innovative learning features to provide high quality degree learning experiences. Teaching and learning on the programme will be delivered through the Coursera platform using a range of methods including:

  • pre-recorded lectures and video capture
  • slide-decks with audio commentary
  • practical exercises in coding and analysis
  • asynchronous peer-to-peer and staff-moderated discussion forums
  • synchronous scheduled live tutorials
  • discussion forums and office hours
  • discussion prompts

The assessment methods, also delivered through the Coursera platform, include:

  • online quizzes
  • video blogs
  • case study review discussions
  • coding exercises

Students will also learn as a cohort through discussion boards (which can be used as assessment through graded discussion prompts) and peer assessed exercises.

These features, ranging from live classroom sessions to group peer sessions, will allow each student to participate in a seamless, flexible, and engaging learning experience and ensure the highest quality online learning environment.

Careers

Through this course you will develop a wide range of research skills, underpinned by knowledge of the most pressing global health issues.

As this is a new course, there have not yet been any graduates of the programme. However, the School of Public Health also offers an on-campus MPH, taught at our St Mary’s Campus full-time over one academic year. Graduates of the on-campus course have gone into leadership roles in academia, government, industry and non-governmental organisations such as the Gates Foundation, the United Nations, and the World Health Organisation.

Is this degree accredited?

This degree is not accredited by any particular agency or professional body. This means our curriculum is not restricted by specific criteria, allowing us to design, develop and deliver an innovative and comprehensive public health curriculum which responds to the most recent developments in public health – this includes our own research discoveries. This sets us apart from courses in countries such as the US and Canada, where accreditation requirements are not suitable for a UK based programme. However, the core aims and outcomes of this degree do adhere to the European standards laid out by the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

There are limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses. See what changes we may make and how we will tell you about them.

Find out more about potential changes

Structure

Postgraduate Certificate

You take all of the core specialisations listed below.

  • Statistics for Public Health
  • Epidemiology for Public Health
  • Foundations of Public Health Practice
  • Population Health Improvement

You will be able to choose two optional specialisations. Please see the "Optional specialisations" tab for a list of available specialisations.



Postgraduate Diploma

Building on the specialisations covered in the Postgraduate Certificate, you take all of the core specialisations listed below.

  • Global Diseases Masterclass
  • Health Systems Development
  • Global Health Challenges and Governance

You willl also take the following Research Portfolio specialisation:

  • Research Portfolio 1: The Research Question

You will be able to choose two further optional specialisations. Please see the "Optional specialisations" tab for a list of available specialisations.

Masters

Building on the specialisations covered in the Postgraduate Diploma, you will take all of the core specialisations listed below.

  • Health Economics

You willl also take the remaining Research Portfolio specialisations:

  • Research Portfolio 2: The Study Design
  • Research Portfolio 3: Core Research Skills
  • Research Portfolio 4: Research in Practice

 You will be able to choose one further optional specialisation. Please see the "Optional specialisations" tab for a list of available specialisations.

Optional specialisations

Below are the optional specialisations you will be able to choose from. Some are only available on the Masters course or during particular years.

  • Global health innovations
  • Infectious disease modelling – please note that this specialisation will require some prior knowledge and experience with R programming which can be achieved through completion of Statistics for Public Health.
  • Quality improvement in healthcare
  • Participatory approaches in public health
  • Social epidemiology for public health
  • Digital Health
  • Advanced statistics and Data Science (Masters only)
  • Life course public health (Masters only)

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

  • Discussion prompts
  • Group-chat/video conference discussions and exercises with peers
  • Interactive content including online assessment via video, quizzes, virtual examination
  • Online individual/group presentations
  • Online lectures
  • Online seminars and tutorial

Project learning methods

  • Core research skills
  • Designing a research study
  • Research methods in public health
  • Research Project

Assessment methods

  • Articles and case study reviews
  • Essays
  • Individual and group presentations
  • MCQs and online quizzes
  • Reports and paper reviews
  • Research plan
  • Research project portfolio
  • Video blogs
  • Short answer examinations

Entry requirements

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

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in science subject or an MBBS medical degree.

Suitable applicants are likely to be those with a background in medicine, health sciences, biological sciences or environmental sciences.

Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements listed but who have substantial relevant industry experience may exceptionally be admitted following completion of a ‘Special Qualifying Exam’ (SQE).

International qualifications

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications.

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College, and not specifically this Department.

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.

Dual enrolment

You cannot register/enrol for more than one award at the same time. This includes awards at Imperial and other universities or institutions. You would need to de-register from your current course before starting. Read more about this in the Imperial College General Academic Regulations (Section 5.5).

How to apply

How to apply

Important information for applicants fom Iran, Sudan, Crimea, Cuba, Syria and North Korea

Our Global Master of Public Health programme is delivered fully online via our platform partner, Coursera. United States export control regulations prevent Coursera from offering services and content to users in certain countries or regions. More information about which countries or regions are affected can be found on Coursera’s website.

Coursera must enforce these restrictions in order to remain in compliance with US law and, for that reason, we advise that all interested applicants check this information before applying to the programme. As a result, we are not able to consider applications for the programme for those who wish to study the programme from within these countries.

If any interested applicants have any queries regarding the above, please contact: gmph-queries@imperial.ac.uk

Choosing a pathway

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.

Deadline to apply

Application deadlines will be updated here soon.

Interview

You may be invited to an interview with members of our staff. These will be arranged online. 

Making an application

Apply online

All applicants must apply online.

Visit our Admissions website for details on the application process.

You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can usually choose up to two courses.

Application fee

For 2021–22 entry, we are introducing a pilot application fee for our Master's courses. This helps cover some of the administrative and staffing costs associated with processing the large volume of applications we receive.

This fee will be £80.

We will waive the fee for any applicant – Home or Overseas – who demonstrates that they are experiencing financial hardship.

Find out more about the application fee and waiver

The fee for MBA applications to Imperial College Business School is £135. There is no application processing fee for other postgraduate courses such as PhDs.

ATAS certificate

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

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.

Tuition fees

Home rate of tuition

2021 entry

MPH (two years part-time pathway)

£6,300 per year

MPH (three years part-time pathway)

Full fee - £12,600
Top-up fee* - £2,520

Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip)

Full fee - £10,080
Top-up fee* - £3,780

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)

Full fee - £6,300 

* On the three-year pathway, if you have already completed one of the above qualifications and are moving on to the next level of study, e.g. you've already completed the PG Cert and want to study the PG Dip, you will only need to pay the top-up fee for the course you’re applying for. This fee is subject to inflationary increases each year.

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 2020 will apply to fees for the academic year 2020–2021.

EU/EEA students

Students from the EU, other EEA country and/or Switzerland starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home rate of tuition, and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note, this does not apply to Irish students or students with Citizens Rights benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively.

For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.

Overseas rate of tuition

2021 entry

MPH (two years part-time pathway)

£10,400 per year

MPH (three years part-time pathway)

Full fee - £20,800
Top-up fee* - £4,160

Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip)

Full fee - £16,640
Top-up fee* - £6,240

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)

Full fee - £10,400

* On the three-year pathway, if you have already completed one of the above qualifications and are moving on to the next level of study, e.g. you've already completed the PG Cert and want to study the PG Dip, you will only need to pay the top-up fee for the course you’re applying for. This fee is subject to inflationary increases each year.

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 2020 will apply to fees for the academic year 2020–2021.

EU/EEA students

Students from the EU, other EEA country and/or Switzerland starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home rate of tuition, and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note, this does not apply to Irish students or students with Citizens Rights benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively.

For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you're a UK national, or EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government, if you meet certain criteria.

For 2020-21 entry, the maximum amount was of £11,222. 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. Find out more about our scholarships 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.

Further information

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