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, not available for direct entry)

Master of Public Health

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

Key information

Start dateOctober 2021
Campus: Online

Learn more about this fully online degree
Campus version of this course

Applications are now closed

Overview

If you want to make the world healthier and safer for all, this flexible, part-time, online degree could be for you.

You’ll receive a comprehensive grounding in public health from leading experts who are shaping policy in this field.

You can take specialist modules, known as specialisations, in areas of your interest, exploring different approaches, systems and innovations to integrate into your own practice and research.

Throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your quantitative analytical skills in public health, epidemiology and health services research.

The skills and knowledge taught on this course can be applied to a wide range of careers in public health practice, management or research at local, national and international levels.

Study programme

This course is made up of three awards - Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Public Health (MPH). You can apply to either the Postgraduate Certificate (taught over one year) or the MPH (offered over two or three years).

Upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate, you can progress onto the Postgraduate Diploma and MPH.

Read more about how this works under 'Choosing a pathway' in the how to apply section.

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)

On the PG Cert, you'll gain an understanding of the basic foundations of public health through completing the core specialisations of Epidemiology for Public Health, and Foundations of Public Health Practice, Statistics for Public Health, and choose three electives, allowing you to specialise in areas of your own interest.

Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip)

The PG Dip allows you to build upon your knowledge and skills with further choice and specialised subjects within public health, directed towards your own public health practice and research. You will be required to complete six specialisations in areas of your interest.

Master of Public Health (MPH)

On the MPH, you'll build your research practice and skills further by completing four research specialisations. You will also be required to undertake 2 further elective choices. You will finish your research portfolio, where you will produce an academic paper and a video blog. You'll be supported throughout your project and benefit from a consistent level of supervision and structured learning.

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 Master's degree in Public Health. 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?

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.

Structure

Modules (referred to as specialisations) 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

Core specialisations

You take all of the specialisations listed below.

Statistics for Public Health

Module Leader: Dr Alex Bottle

Cover four courses in key areas – statistical thinking, linear regression, logistic regression and survival analysis. In each course, you'll be introduced to key concepts and use a data set as a worked example. The emphasis is on learning through doing and discovery. You won't need any prior knowledge of statistics or R software.

Epidemiology for Public Health

Module Leader: Dr Filippos Filippidis

Explore measures of diseases frequency and measures of association, with a particular focus on attributable risk. The main principles of disease detection and screening are considered within the context of high risk and population strategies for prevention. The specialisation also covers the main study designs in epidemiological research.

Foundations of Public Health Practice

Module Leader: Dr Richard Pinder

Build a range of core public health knowledge, understanding and skills. You'll reflect on and cultivate behaviours required to become an effective public health professional. The specialisation is shaped into four courses covering the origins of public health, health improvement, behaviour change, and an integrative strand that develops your problem solving and professional skills.

Health Protection

Module Leaders: Dr Christina Atchison and Dr Wendy Kwok

Develop your health protection knowledge through exposure to a simulated, real-time outbreak, to which you'll apply the skills learnt during the course. By the end of the specialisation, you'll be better equipped to critically appraise the operational and strategic response to a range of health protection threats.

Optional specialisations

You will be able to choose two optional specialisations from the below.

  • Global Diseases Masterclass
  • Global Diseases Masterclass
  • Global Health Challenges and Governance
  • Health Systems Development
  • Global Health Innovations
  • Infectious Disease Modelling*
  • Quality Improvement in Healthcare
  • Participatory Approaches in Public Health
  • Digital Health
  • Advanced Statistics and Data Science
  • Life Course Public Health
  • Health Economics

*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.

Postgraduate Diploma

Core specialisations

You take all of the specialisations listed below.

Statistics for Public Health

Module Leader: Dr Alex Bottle

Cover four courses in key areas – statistical thinking, linear regression, logistic regression and survival analysis. In each course, you'll be introduced to key concepts and use a data set as a worked example. The emphasis is on learning through doing and discovery. You won't need any prior knowledge of statistics or R software.

Epidemiology for Public Health

Module Leader: Dr Filippos Filippidis

Explore measures of diseases frequency and measures of association, with a particular focus on attributable risk. The main principles of disease detection and screening are considered within the context of high risk and population strategies for prevention. The specialisation also covers the main study designs in epidemiological research.

Foundations of Public Health Practice

Module Leader: Dr Richard Pinder

Build a range of core public health knowledge, understanding and skills. You'll reflect on and cultivate behaviours required to become an effective public health professional. The specialisation is shaped into four courses covering the origins of public health, health improvement, behaviour change, and an integrative strand that develops your problem solving and professional skills.

Health Protection*

Module Leaders: Dr Christina Atchison and Dr Wendy Kwok

Develop your health protection knowledge through exposure to a simulated, real-time outbreak, to which you'll apply the skills learnt during the course. By the end of the specialisation, you'll be better equipped to critically appraise the operational and strategic response to a range of health protection threats.

Health Systems Development*

Module Leader: Dr Sondus Hassounah

Broaden your thinking of health systems and consider the importance of a horizontal approach to health system investment to achieve better health outcomes. You'll gain insight into a range of disciplines including organisational behaviour, health policy, information systems and human resources in order to strengthen your capacity to think as an effective health leader.

Population Health Improvement*

Module Leaders: Dr Anthony Laverty and Professor Christopher Millett

Learn the theoretical basis and practical applications of population health improvement, by exploring some of the key theoretical constructs in health promotion.  You'll analyse the social determinants of health and how these shape health behaviours, and the relative impacts of population versus individual level interventions. Using this knowledge, you'll examine effective strategies to address smoking and poor diet; two major drivers of the Non Communicable Disease (NCD) epidemic globally, including how to best engage with commercial actors to protect health.

Research Portfolio 1: The Study Question*

Module Leaders: Professor Paul Aylin and Dr Henock Taddese

Develop your own original research idea by reviewing existing knowledge to form a feasible research question. You'll learn to analyse relevant literature and how to describe the process of conducting a systematic review.

*This specialisation is a pre-requisite if you are progressing to the Master of Public Health. If you are not progressing, these can be taken as optional specialisations in addition to the list below.

Optional specialisations

You will be able to choose two optional specialisations from the below.

  • Global Diseases Masterclass
  • Global Health Challenges and Governance
  • Health Systems Development
  • Global Health Innovations
  • Infectious Disease Modelling**
  • Quality Improvement in Healthcare
  • Participatory Approaches in Public Health
  • Digital Health
  • Advanced Statistics and Data Science
  • Life Course Public Health
  • Health Economics

**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.

Master's

Core specialisations

You take all of the specialisations listed below.

Statistics for Public Health

Module Leader: Dr Alex Bottle

Cover four courses in key areas – statistical thinking, linear regression, logistic regression and survival analysis. In each course, you'll be introduced to key concepts and use a data set as a worked example. The emphasis is on learning through doing and discovery. You won't need any prior knowledge of statistics or R software.

Epidemiology for Public Health

Module Leader: Dr Filippos Filippidis

Explore measures of diseases frequency and measures of association, with a particular focus on attributable risk. The main principles of disease detection and screening are considered within the context of high risk and population strategies for prevention. The specialisation also covers the main study designs in epidemiological research.

Foundations of Public Health Practice

Module Leader: Dr Richard Pinder

Build a range of core public health knowledge, understanding and skills. You'll reflect on and cultivate behaviours required to become an effective public health professional. The specialisation is shaped into four courses covering the origins of public health, health improvement, behaviour change, and an integrative strand that develops your problem solving and professional skills.

Health Protection

Module Leaders: Dr Christina Atchison and Dr Wendy Kwok

Develop your health protection knowledge through exposure to a simulated, real-time outbreak, to which you'll apply the skills learnt during the course. By the end of the specialisation, you'll be better equipped to critically appraise the operational and strategic response to a range of health protection threats.

Health Systems Development

Module Leader: Dr Sondus Hassounah

Broaden your thinking of health systems and consider the importance of a horizontal approach to health system investment to achieve better health outcomes. You'll gain insight into a range of disciplines including organisational behaviour, health policy, information systems and human resources in order to strengthen your capacity to think as an effective health leader.

Population Health Improvement

Module Leaders: Dr Anthony Laverty and Professor Christopher Millett

Learn the theoretical basis and practical applications of population health improvement, by exploring some of the key theoretical constructs in health promotion.  You'll analyse the social determinants of health and how these shape health behaviours, and the relative impacts of population versus individual level interventions. Using this knowledge, you'll examine effective strategies to address smoking and poor diet; two major drivers of the Non Communicable Disease (NCD) epidemic globally, including how to best engage with commercial actors to protect health.

Research Portfolio 1: The Study Question*

Module Leaders: Professor Paul Aylin and Dr Henock Taddese

Develop your own original research idea by reviewing existing knowledge to form a feasible research question. You'll learn to analyse relevant literature and how to describe the process of conducting a systematic review.

Research Portfolio 2: Designing a Research Study

Module Leaders: Professor Paul Aylin and Dr Henock Taddese

Write a research protocol to develop your research question. You'll explore the philosophy of research inquiry and the approaches available to you, as well as qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Research Portfolio 3: Core Research Skills

Module Leaders: Professor Paul Aylin and Dr Henock Taddese

Engage with the principles of ethical and responsible research, while also learning about the practicalities of conducting research, including funding, resources, engagement, public involvement and co-production. You'll use this knowledge to add an ethics component, justification of resources and a strategy for public involvement to your research question and protocol.

Research Portfolio 4: Research in Practice

Module Leaders: Professor Paul Aylin and Dr Henock Taddese

Conduct your research in the field by collecting data and conducting a relevant analysis of it to answer your research question. You'll write up your results and findings.

Optional Specialisations

You will be able to choose one further optional specialisation from the below.

  • Global Diseases Masterclass
  • Global Health Challenges and Governance
  • Global Health Innovations
  • Infectious Disease Modelling*
  • Quality Improvement in Healthcare
  • Participatory Approaches in Public Health
  • Digital Health
  • Advanced Statistics and Data Science
  • Life Course Public Health

*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.

 

 

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

Imperial’s online learning environment 

This course is delivered as a fully online degree, via Coursera and has comparable learning outcomes and results to the on-campus MPH course.

As an established and global learning provider, Coursera uses high-touch and innovative learning features to provide high quality degree learning experiences. Teaching and learning on the programme is 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 learn as a cohort through discussion boards (which is used as assessment, through graded discussion prompts) and peer-assessed exercises.

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

Events, tasters and talks

Find out more about studying at Imperial by meeting us at a virtual event. From webinars and study fairs to drop-ins and open days. Join us throughout the year for a range of events.

Explore all of our upcoming events.

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.

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 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

You can choose between different pathways of part-time study:

  • PG Certificate (over one year)
  • Master's (over two years)
  • Master's (over three years)

You may be granted a PG Certificate or PG Diploma if you leave your studies part-way through either of the Master's programmes, depending on the successful completion of modules.

You can progress to the PG Diploma or Master's after successful completion of the PG Certificate.

Deadline to apply

  • Early admission deadline: 5 May 2021
  • Final deadline: 26 July 2021 (this has been extended from the intial date of 30 June 2021)

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 per application and not per course. 

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

There is no application fee for Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas or PhDs. The fee for MBA applications to the Imperial College Business School is £135. 

Find out more about the application fee and waiver

ATAS certificate

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

Further questions?

Find answers to your questions about admissions. Answers cover COVID-19, English language requirements, Visas and more.

Visit the FAQs

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.

Find out more about fees and funding opportunities.

Tuition fees

Home rate of tuition

2021 entry

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)

Full fee - £6,300 

MPH (two years part-time)

£6,300 per year

MPH (three years part-time)

Full fee - £12,600

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.

Fee status

Whether you pay the Home fee depends on your fee status.

Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status.

Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

EU/EEA/Swiss students

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31 July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note, we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens' Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens' Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has useful information on the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the Home rate for study on a higher education course in England and reflect the regulations as they currently stand (not the amended regulations which are subject to publication).

UKCISA has also provided some information in response to Questions for students starting their course from the 1 August 2021. 

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

Overseas rate of tuition

2021 entry

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)

Full fee - £10,400

MPH (two years part-time)

£10,400 per year

MPH (three years part-time)

Full fee - £20,800

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.

Fee status

Whether you pay the Overseas fee depends on your fee status.

Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status.

Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

EU/EEA/Swiss students

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31 July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note, we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens' Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens' Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has useful information on the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the Home rate for study on a higher education course in England and reflect the regulations as they currently stand (not the amended regulations which are subject to publication).

UKCISA has also provided some information in response to Questions for students starting their course from the 1 August 2021. 

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 2021-22 entry, the maximum amount is £11,570. 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.

See what opportunities you may be eligible for.

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.

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